Instead of a travel guide that personally i’m not a fan I prefer to take with me a book to read while traveling. A book it is an excellent travel buddy and easily fit in a backpack (if you like e-books which is not my case your backpack can stay even lighter).
When i’m preparing a trip i always spend some of my time finding the right book to take. To be the chosen one it must accomplish the following requirements: be from a local writer, be short and of course make me curious.
Once chosen, i check the number of pages and i divide them by the number of days travelling in order to find how many pages i should read daily. It can sound strange but i like to finish my book exact time i’m ending my trip.
For my trip to Japan i was ready to choose a book from a writer that i particularly like, Haruki Murakami. However after thinking better i decided that i would prefer to discover other Japanese writer and i followed the suggestion of a good friend that recomended “The House of the Sleeping Beauties” from Yasunari Kawabata. It is a short book and i believe i will like it.