Today marks the one-year anniversary of Lipgloss and a Backpack! Thank you to everyone who has been reading this blog since Day One… or Day Three Hundred and Sixty-Four! To celebrate the one-year anniversary, and yet another edition of Inspiring Travel Books, I have a birthday challenge! If, on June 3oth, the very last day of this blog’s birthday month, I have fifty Facebook followers, I will randomly select one Facebook follower to receive an inspirational travel book of their own- packed with loving care and mailed to them (ground shipping… I still haven’t married my Russian oligarch), anywhere in the world! So if you like getting surprise travel books in the mail, make sure to Like Lipgloss and a Backpack on Facebook! There’s also a quick and easy link to the right of this post… yes… just look over there! You can share posts from Facebook with your friends to help reach fifty followers faster!
So, back to books! Other than doing the “Europe… Asia… Europe… Asia…” hop in Istanbul (and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt… who knew?), I haven’t yet had the opportunity to explore Asia. Considering that many of my favorite foods hail from this continent, this is rather hard to believe. Fortunately, many great travel writers have explored Asia, from Tripoli to Manila and everything in between. One of my favorite books about the continent is Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost. Billed as “one man’s attempt to understand the world’s most mystifying nation”, the books follows Troost as he travels around China, from rural villages to metropolises, and everything in between. The author uses humor to manage some of the culture shock he experiences when planning to move his family to China, and anyone considering studying or working in the nation would be well-advised to check out this book before they go. With uncensored looks at everything from accommodation, transportation and food to customs and inter-cultural communication, Lost on Planet China will simultaneously terrify and excite anyone about to depart for China.