where I find my travel inspirationThursday, February 19, 2015
There is no doubt that my love of travel initially grew from my love of reading books as a youngster. Long before I was old enough to go anywhere without Mum and Dad, let alone to a strange country or city I was devouring books that led my imagination to places far far away.
Twenty or so years on it's safe to say that a lot of my travel plans still begin from reading - whether it's a book, blog post, magazine article or even tweet!
And my love for Japan? I discovered the famous poet Matsuo Bashō and his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches while living in Japan through my boyfriend's (now hubby) Mum. It was the descriptions of nature that really made me re-examine my surroundings. I loved how distinct the seasons were in their colours, temperatures, smells and sounds.
Some of my favourite Bashō haikus...