Today I went for a long drive through the farmland that surrounds the small city where I live, speeding over the rickety roads that cut between all those frozen-over cornfields. There was no real reason for this drive, and I had no destination in mind, but it was nice to listen to overly loud music and clear my head.
Nothing clears my head like a long, solitary, aimless drive.
And then I started thinking about what I was going to write for LitKicks today. I had a topic in mind, but I guess you’re just going to have to wait for it, because I’ve decided to go along the travel route instead.
While Kerouac’s On the Road is probably the most famous road story of all time, there’s a whole genre of travel literature that covers all aspects of getting away from home and seeing the world. With that in mind, I’d like to ask you the following:
1. What are some of your favorite travel books?
2. Has a book ever inspired you to go somewhere or try something or dream of a place? (For example, I’m cheating because it’s not a book, but when I was eleven, a National Geographic article on the 79 A.D. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius inspired me to see the famed volcano in person, and when I was 21, I did.)
3. What are some of your favorite literary locales? Do you like them because of the way they were described in a piece of literature, or have you been there?
4. What do you think it is about travel that inspires so much writing?
Those are my questions. Now, go.