Published: May 8, 2020

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

Armchair travel graphic design.

Books and travel are two chief passions for many of our CU Boulder librarians. We imagine that many of you share these passions. Since we can't physically travel at this time, now more than ever books are becoming our escape, our respite, our portal to another time and place.

Summertime is a season when many teachers and students combine these two passions. Without the “call to duty” of assigned texts from the academic year, we relish the freedom to read widely and voraciously from the moment classes finish until they begin again. For many, summer vacation often includes travel, whether a backyard campout, a local excursion, trips within our beautiful state of Colorado or a journey across the globe.

Travel writing gives us an opportunity to see the world from someone else’s perspective and helps us better understand both their and our ways of looking at our world. What do we share? How do we differ? Can we learn to look at our surroundings in a new way?

What kind of traveler are you? Do you travel to get away? Do you travel for adventure, or for connection? Whatever your reasons, curl up in your favorite armchair with a cold glass of iced tea and browse our Armchair Travel Recommendations, an e-book collection curated from your CU Boulder librarians’ beloved armchairs. We wish you all the best on your literary travels this summer!

The Teaching and Learning Unit