How many books do you typically bring with you when traveling? – A Book Club Discussion

how many books do people bring on vacation

I run the book club for Remotive, a networking space for remote workers (including folks seeking remote work). It’s not your average book club. We don’t pick a book to read together. Instead we meet once a month to discuss whatever we’re each reading individually and swap reading recommendations.

The group includes folks from all over the world. In addition to our monthly meetings, I post a discussion question in our Slack channel. I recently asked the following question to my book club:

Question: How many books do you typically bring with you when traveling?

Below was our discussion (and I’d love to continue the conversation with you in the comments section!):

Members names and images have been removed for privacy.

Answer #1:

Depends on direction of travel:

  • From home to vacation: 3 or 4 plus ebook reader with around 300 books
  • From vacation to home: 1 or 2

Explanation: I normally buy loads of books when being on vacation (at least wen I can find shops selling german and/or english books). And since I’m a lazy oaf and don’t want to carry them back, I send the books back home by mail on my last day. This way they normally arrive some days later :slightly_smiling_face:

Answer #2:

Just one: I usually travel light. 🙂

Response to #2:

I wish I could/would. I also carry at least one pair of shoes per day (well, ok, not for two week stays, but then at least 4 or 5 pairs) and an equal amount of trousers & skirts 

Answer #3:

I was just on vacation and I brought THREE books along. I always know better but still do it. I didn’t read a single page in a week of travel. 

Answer #4:

1-2 is usually enough to make sure I have reading material to pass the evenings after work ends.

Answer #5:

I just bring my kindle :stuck_out_tongue:

Response to #5:


DISCUSSION: So, what about you? How many books do you pack when you go on a trip?

Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketer with a background in the publishing industry. She is passionate about all things related to books and loves helping authors navigate the world of social media for book promotion. She recently launched the course Marketing Your Book on TikTok.

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