Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Excuse me, Where is the Travel Section?

You'd be surprised at how many times a day I hear that phrase.  At least three (down the escalator and go directly to your left.)  And, usually, the person is looking for books to take with them to other countries.  These two are probably the two most popular series for that:

But then why is the travel section so popular?  It's probably one of our most frequented sections in the store, one of the messiest, because so many people spend their time there.  Well, for one, people tend to pick up huge stacks of the books, take them up to the cafe, and look at all the pictures and then leave them there.

But that's neither here nor there.

But there are also a lot of things in the travel section that people don't realize.

There are one of these for just about every major city in the entire world located in the travel section, including the one that you live in.  It's a great reference guide when you want to know great places to eat not only where you live, but where you're going.

And speaking where you live, do you realize that there's and entire regional section in your bookstore?  It has outdoor and sightseeing activities.  It has family friendly events, not to mention a bunch of historical information about all the local towns in your area.  Now, I realize that I, personally, probably have a larger local section than most, due to the fact that Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. are all considered local to us, so they're all housed in our regional section, which is a little abnormal.  But we have local ghost lore and pictorial books, all housed in the travel section.  It's a great way to learn about activities in your area.

There's also the travel writing section, which is where our book this week is located.  It's books ABOUT travel, not books about specific places.  John Waters' book, Carsick, is about how he hitchhiked across america.  A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson is about his travels on the Appalachian trail (in my bookstore under local travel, anywhere else, would be under travel writing).

There are all sorts of things to discover in the travel section (including maps.  Yes, they do still exist.)  So maybe, just take a peek in there next time you visit your bookstore.

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