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  • Published: 25 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241970065
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.99

The Art of Travel




Top Ten bestseller in hardback, and over 60,000 sold in hardback and trade paperback

Few activities seem to promise us as much happiness as going travelling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel to, we seldom ask why we go and how we might become more fulfilled by doing so.

With the help of a selection of writers, artists and thinkers - including Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Wordsworth and Van Gogh - Alain de Botton's bestselling The Art of Travel provides invaluable insights into everything from holiday romance to hotel mini-bars, airports to sight-seeing.

The perfect antidote to those guides that tell us what to do when we get there, The Art of Travel tries to explain why we really went in the first place - and helpfully suggests how we might be happier on our journeys.

  • Published: 25 June 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241970065
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $26.99

About the author

Alain De Botton

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.' He's written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries.

Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. 

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Praise for The Art of Travel

Richly evocative, sharp and funny. De Botton proves himself to be a very fine travel writer indeed

Sunday Telegraph

Delightful, profound, entertaining. I doubt if de Botton has written a dull sentence in his life

Jan Morris

An elegant and subtle work, unlike any other. Beguiling

Colin Thubron, The Times

Honest, funny and dripping with witty aphorisms. Extremely entertaining and enlightening . . . all the way to journey's end

Herald

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