Tommy Lloyd
Author: Tommy Lloyd, Managing Director

Tommy has over 15 years experience within the insurance industry, and his primary focus is helping travellers find the right cover for their medical conditions.

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There’s nothing more exciting than the prospect of starting a new book whilst on holiday. To celebrate World Book Day we thought now would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading and the special pleasure it brings to our lives.

Whether you prefer fiction or nonfiction, classic literature or contemporary titles there’s nothing better than enjoying a good book while soaking up in the atmosphere at your destination!

Reading while travelling is so much more than having something to fill your days, it can be an enriching experience or just an opportunity to escape reality for a while. Research even shows that reading increases happiness levels, so let's make this World Book Day even more special by discovering new stories and uncovering unique perspectives – what's better than taking off on holiday with one of the best books of 2023 in tow?

Reading a book in a hammock whilst on the beach

Why reading is a great holiday activity

Reading on holiday is one of the best activities you can do while away from home. Not only does it make those days of rest much more enjoyable, but it also has its own set of incredible benefits! It can help relieve stress, provide an escape from daily worries, and was even been proven to improve mental wellbeing by boosting your mood.

That's not all; reading can also open up a whole world of new cultures too. You can immerse yourself in locations and time periods that you may have never considered exploring before reading about them in a book. Why not take some time out of your holiday and pick up a wonderful read for 2023 – you might just be surprised by the magical places and stories that await you!

Physical book vs an eReader

Do you love the feel of turning pages while curled up on the beach, or is an eReader more practical by allowing you to carry your entire library around with you on one device? It can be hard to decide which one is right for you. 

An eReader is often the ideal choice for travelling, as it offers a great range of advantages over physical books. Not only does it take up less space in your luggage, meaning you can have a larger selection of titles to choose from, but it also weighs significantly less than traditional paperbacks or hardcover books. This means that carrying an eReader with you will be so much easier, and you won’t feel like your bag is too heavy from all the books!

Additionally, eReaders are designed to reduce glare when sunlight hits them, so even reading in bright destinations won’t be a problem.

But, sometimes there is nothing quite like the feeling of a physical book in your hands to add to the sensory experience. It's almost a romantic notion, conjuring up images of sitting on the beach, or lounging by the pool, with a classic paperback novel. 

If you are planning a holiday in 2023 and have been considering either option, think about what would suit your needs best.

Book, hat and drinks beside a swimming pool

The best books to read in 2023

If you're anything like me, you probably already have a long list of books and recommendations you haven't yet got around to reading. Booking a holiday seems like a perfectly good reason to tackle the reading list.

Checking out the bestseller charts is always a good place to start, and many popular retailers will have a list of recommended titles for 2023. Dive in and see if any particular title catches your eye.

Reading a book whist relaxing in a hammock

Tips and tricks

Finding the perfect book for a holiday can be hard but with a few helpful tips and tricks, you could be on your way to having an incredible reading experience.

Start by planning ahead; research books and authors in advance so that you pick up the perfect book from the airport shop or online travel retailer.

If you are travelling to a new country or destination, consider reading a story that is set in your destination, or even reading a book by a local author.

Make sure to stock up on entertainment for when you're travelling; pack a selection of mini books and audiobooks that don't need much concentration, such as short stories and essays, that you can dip into during your flights and journeys.

Lastly, enjoy it! Simply curling up anywhere with a good book allows us to relax further throughout our travels whatever season or destination we may find ourselves in.

World Book Day is the perfect time for readers to let their imaginations soar and explore new places and cultures with some of the best books available this year! Whether you prefer a physical book or an eReader, you will find something that sparks your curiosity and leaves you feeling refreshed after a much-needed break.

In the words of George R.R. Martin, "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies... The man who never reads lives only one".

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