The Art of Travel

by Ontravlex

If you’re a fan of travel, you might think that you already know everything there is to know about it. However, in “The Art of Travel,” Alain de Botton explores the philosophical nature of travel, taking readers on a journey through the many complexities and nuances of the experience. De Botton draws on his own personal experiences as a traveler, as well as insights from writers, artists, and philosophers throughout history, to offer a unique and thought-provoking perspective on the topic.


De Botton argues that travel can be a double-edged sword, as our preconceptions of a place can often shape our experience of it, leading to disappointment when reality doesn’t live up to our expectations. However, he also explores the ways in which travel can challenge our assumptions and bring personal growth and new insights. De Botton’s writing is infused with wonder and curiosity, evoking the sensory experience of travel and inviting readers to share in his awe of the world.

One of the most interesting chapters of the book is “On Eye-Opening Art,” in which de Botton examines how travel can expose us to new and unfamiliar art forms.

He uses his trip to Provence, where he discovered the work of Cézanne, as an example of how travel can open our eyes to new perspectives. In “On Possessing Beauty,” de Botton explores our desire to possess and control the beauty of the places we visit, and examines the tension between the need to capture a moment through photography or souvenirs, and the need to simply experience and appreciate the beauty of a place without trying to possess it.


De Botton’s use of personal anecdotes, combined with insights from philosophy, literature, and art, provides a rich and diverse perspective on travel. He draws on the works of Wordsworth, Flaubert, and Ruskin to explore how we perceive and experience the world around us. De Botton also includes quotes and stories from fellow travelers and writers, providing readers with a range of perspectives on the nature of travel.

De Botton’s writing style is engaging and poetic, which makes the book an enjoyable read. However, some readers may find the philosophical discussions and references to philosophers and artists to be a bit overwhelming at times. The book is not a light read, and readers may need to take breaks to fully absorb and reflect on the ideas presented


One criticism of the book is that it may be too philosophical and theoretical for some readers. Those who are looking for a more practical guide to travel may find that the book is not what they are looking for. Additionally, some readers may find the book to be repetitive, as many of the chapters explore similar themes.


Despite its philosophical nature, “The Art of Travel” is a captivating and thought-provoking book that offers a unique and insightful perspective on travel. De Botton’s writing is infused with wonder and curiosity, making the sensory experience of travel come alive on the page. The book is not a light read, but it is definitely worth the effort for those who are interested in exploring the many complexities of travel.


4.5 out of 5 stars.

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