Each year, I face the challenge of packing the little red Toyota with the bare necessities and the other, apparently useful, objects for camping: sleeping bags, kitchen utilities, a tent, folding chairs and a change of clothes.
This year, however, the plans are slightly different. The trip to Ireland involves an airplane and that causes some restrictions in my preparations. The plan is to go to Ireland, rent a small camper van and travel around for a week or two.
Paper or digital
On the one hand, I don’t have to be bothered with folding chairs and a heavy (but really spacey) tent and such. On the other hand, I have to keep a check on the number of books I can bring along. The thing is, the list of books I’ve been saving for the holidays is still growing:
- Haruki Murakami’s Strange Library and Kafka on the Shore
- Ali Smith’s How to be both
- Stephen Fry’s More Fool Me
- Kate Fox’ Watching the English
- J.K. Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling
- Natsuo Kirino’s Grotesque
The Strange Library isn’t very thick so that’s fine. Kafka on the Shore I already read before, so I could consider leaving that one home. The other ones I don’t know yet. There is a possibility that I won’t be reading much at all, in which case bringing them is a waste of weight. I could go digital. That would mean buying digital versions of books I already have, or having to buy new books. Books which I won’t be able to feel the weight or the touch the pages of; that takes away part of the magic of reading for me. The fact that I’m considering the option of an e-reader feels like I’m betraying my faithful paper companions.
The number of things I can bring back is also rather limited. I don’t think I’m fit for airplane travels. It forces me to calculate about ridiculous things I don’t want to be considering. That seems to defeat the purpose of going on holiday.
Nevertheless, I can’t wait to go. I just have to accept that it will take a bit more effort than the average holiday.