I am on the road this week, managing Midtown Review from afar, and this got me thinking about the delicious combination of books and travel.  They go together like ramma-lamma-lamma-ka-dinga-da-dinga-dong.  Or if you don’t like the Grease reference, like peanut butter and jelly.  Peanut butter is delicious on its own, but a little dry – and travel can be that way too.  But add the jelly (or in this case the books) and yumminess ensues.

And just like strawberry works for some while traditional grape works for others, the books that make travel great for you may be very different than the books that make travel wonderful for someone else.

For some it is in the planning.  Perusing the shelves at your local bookstore for the perfect travel guide to exotic destination and then making that guide your new best friend on every leg of the journey.

For some it maybe escapist suspense to make the business travel more tolerable or a juicy romance to make the beach vacation all the better.  Or for you really dedicated types, perhaps it is a business book that you’re reading to kiss up to your boss or irritate your wife while on vacation.

Though this important connection between books and travel has existed since Moses carried the tablets down the mountain (he was clearly not into light reading), it has come to the forefront even more now with the advent of the much lighter tablets like the iPad, Nook and Kindle that are actually advertised as the easiest way to take your books with you when you travel.  And I, for one, am glad.  I was concerned when I started to see less books on planes and more laptops, portable DVD players and iPhones. But the combination of being able to buy books right there in the airport and these fun new gadgets is putting reading back in the game.

So I say grab some travel guides to plan your trip… load up your tablet or stock up on your favorite “flavors” in paperback and hit the open road or the friendly skies – reader style.  Your trip is sure to be all the sweeter.

— Dana Barrett, Managing Editor