Few things are as exciting as the idea of travelling somewhere far from home. Somewhere with better weather, more interesting customs and more inspiring landscapes. So why are we so often dissatisfied with the reality of travel?
In this book, Alain de Botton takes us on a journey through the satisfactions and disappointments of travelling. Dealing - among other things - with airports, exotic carpets, holiday romance and hotel mini-bars, this humorous, eye-opening and thought-provoking book reveals the hidden motivations, expectations and complications of our voyages into the wide world.
The perfect antidote to those guidebooks that tell us what to do when we get there, the book tries to explain why we really wanted to go there in the first place - and modestly suggests how we could learn to be happier on our journeys.