‘The Tao of Travel’ is a sampler of travel writing from different authors and times, collected by Paul Theroux. It is also, in part, an appreciation by one travel writer of many others. And it seems like an exercise in self promotion as well, in my opinion. The many excerpts are gathered into short chapter themes with the author framing the context and providing his own quotes and comments. The book introduced me to writers of whom I was not aware. And from them there are so many memorable excerpts. For example, from Freya Stark, a line that reveals an essential theme of this book’s Tao: “One can only really travel if one lets oneself go and takes what every place brings without trying to turn it inot a healthy private pattern of one’s own…”
As a part of the 7 Continents, 7 Billion People, 7 Books Reading Challenge 2013, this is a read that includes every continent and provides some excellent possibilites for the next book.