Has your travel been influenced by writers, presenters or films? Do you add to your list after watching or reading?
Having been brought up by a Python loving Father probably explains why one of my earliest influences for travel came from Michael Palin presenting Around the World in 80 days, it also did what geography lessons at school had failed to do....put countries into context.
Having come across Alan Whicker's Ultimate Package Tour in the local library a few years later I became hooked on the need to go to Easter Island, he is also responsible for my belief in the need to learn at least the words for please and thank you in in a new country's language instead of following his belief that the British abroad should just speak louder and slower to be understood!
Recently I have caught up with Travel Man 48 hours in.... his latest taking him into one of my most wanted to visit places, Moscow, I sit and add onto my extensive list of places I still NEED to visit within this country a place that has fascinated me since reading about the Tzars as a child.
Being an avid reader has led me towards everyone travel related from Hemingway, Durrell, Bill Bryson to our wonderful Tber Cessna152
who has now added another twenty plus countries onto my list, thanks Jason.
The problem of course is that the more I read and view the more I find that I need to visit....... have you be influenced in this way?
I often used to get travel books from a second hand bookshop as my second and third trips to China were by reading Lonely Planet on China and then planning trips on where I wanted to go.
16 provinces and still counting...often criss-crossing the country as each trip had varied wish-lists.
But one trip was inspired by a black and white 1950s travel book showing a carved mountain in NW China...Maiji Shan in Gansu Provence no less.
One trip we couldn't get there due to heavy snow. Then a Chinese guy who'd taken us to a "no tours" site in Shaanxi Provence said he'd drive me there.
So I went to China for this guy to drive me to Maiji Shan...just him and me. Wow. Amazing times.
He is now my Chinese younger brother, my Xiondi, and I'm his Laoghe.
All from a B&W photo in a book and then eventually going there!
I am reading books since I was young. Some of them I remember very well are the one of James Clawell about Hong Kong and Japan. I have been there between 1995 and 2004 several times (without publishing in TB) but not recently. I hope to go back there some day.
The name was James Clavell with "v". I real expert of East Asia. I think he is already dead.
When I grew up in India, my love towards the Santal paragans, now known as Jharkhand truly developed from an Indian writer - Buddhadeb Guha. I fell in love with the rolling hills of the vast land with its Sal trees, red earth and inhabitants knows as Santal, from his book "Koyeler kache". When translated in English, it means, 'Near the Koyel river'. When I first moved to Canada as a student many years ago, that is the book my friends presented me as a farewell gift and that was the only book I carried with me. Every night, I used to read the same book before I used to go to bed as a student.
Today, I travel many places, either due to my work or as a pleasure trip. I still carry the book with me for reading in plane. While reading, I drift away to a dreamland that describes the fairy tale of the forests of Rumandi, the stories of joys and sorrows, love and affection of the Santal people in the vast mountain belt. The writer is old now, but I am in touch with him ever since. The book has drawn a roadmap in my life that is going to stay for ever with me.
My latest blog "Beyond the lonely roads", is about my recent day trip to that part of that world.
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I love the fact that a photo led not only to a brilliant place but a friend for life.....travel is wonderful
My travel been influenced by film – Before Sunrise.
Michael Palin - "Around the World in 80 days"
- I was glued to that as a small boy!
A little later on I watched "Rough Guides" on BBC2 (part of DEF II)
I used to look forward to those shows so much - growing up now must be so different!
[Edited: 2016 Feb 28 03:07 - Ali:1 - videos in page]
For me, the film 127 had a huge impact on me. It showed me how travelling can be truly lifechanging for better or worse.