Reading the latest World of Wanderlust book, coincided with my own travels to Tasmania where the author Brooke Saward is from.
But as I could not find it in a bookshop I downloaded the free sample to my Kindle app as I do before purchasing any digital edition.
Usually this would provide me with enough information to make an informed decision, however this was far from the case (and yes some of the following should be forgiven since it was designed as a coffee table book).
What should have been the Contents page took up six pages. Throw in a few pages of photos, an ‘About’ page which told me nothing and a poorly formated ‘About the Author’ which spilt over two pages and the actual content doesn’t start until 74% of the way through the sample.
In fact out of 22 pages, the only real written chapter content amounted to 4 of them, the Introduction.
The Kindle book price of $11.49 US on Amazon made it much cheaper than the previous book of Saward’s I read, so with low expectations I downloaded the full book and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of written content. It was at least a few hours worth of reading.
In World of Wanderlust, How to Live an Adventurous Life Brooke sums up her favourite luxury hotels, spa treatments and places to visit and more worldwide as well as offering tips on travel factors such as taking photos, overcoming jetlag and how to enjoy solo travel.
The content wasn’t new, but I was pleased to find she’d recreated it rather than directly transposing it from her blog.
Yes, she is detailing the same places/ neighbourhoods/ food trucks/ patisseries as her blog posts and city guides (I googled them to check), but they’re written up differently and formatted into listicles. For example a chapter on Day Trips from Paris was similar to, yet different from a post on her blog.
There are plenty of infographics, pictures (which you will have seen before if you read her blog or follow her on social media) and lists of of movies, language tips and song playlists.
It’s not a ‘How to become a travel blogger’ or insightful autobiography, it is a book designed to look pretty on a coffee table and be flicked through for inspiration when one is dreaming of escaping to Europe.
The physical edition would make a nice gift for any young female wanderluster who is obsessed with Brooke – the same way books by Zoella or Tanya Burr tend to sell.
Have you read any of Brooke’s books or her blog?
Images from the book World of Wanderlust How to Live an Adventurous Life by Brooke Saward.