A lot can be said for saving money, but when you can’t wait until next year to visit the soft, sandy beaches of Florida or watch the Northern Lights from a hot spring in Alaska, you can still read. With the increasing accessibility to self-publishing resources online, there are countless books available to take you places even beyond the physical realm.
I absolutely love meeting my fellow authors’ characters and learning to see things through their eyes. There is nothing more stimulating than a well-placed plot twist or a character that acts unexpectedly. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out…
Gasp. “What? No! Don’t do that! What was he thinking? That’s going to ruin everything!”
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. —Richard Steele
When you don’t want to spend the money for an experience you can’t relive, just buy a book. You can read it again and again. You can pass it on to a friend or family member so they can have the same experience. It’s like sharing photos of your trip, but with all the sensations packed in too. What’s better is you’re from the comfort of your favorite chair, maybe even with a warm cat in your lap.
Some of us don’t have time to read a new book every day. Lucky us, there are hosts of short story collections available. Now that the “also boughts” are conveniently placed beside our purchases, and there are countless book promotion sites like Bookbub, it’s easy to find new material we know we’ll like.
Food for thought: With the automation of many industries, some of us are finding our income dipping (because not all of us are CEOs and still needed to run the company). This means less money to throw at a single, physical trip. Instead, we can have multiple vacations throughout the year with a mere couple of bucks. I call that a win-win. My pocket-book is happy, and so am I.
Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything. —Tomie dePaola
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