can't travel? go thrift shopping, instead

When I started to get serious about saving for travel, I gave up one of my biggest loves: searching for books at thrift stores. Post-trip, I've realized that spending $5 every few months on books I love is 100% worth it and won't hurt my travel savings significantly.

I've never been up-to-date on the coolest, newly released books because I can't come to terms with spending $16 on a book I might hate or only read once. Thrift stores, on the other hand, allow me to buy almost every single book that catches my eye since for $1 a book I can afford that.

I went to three Goodwills and one local thrift store, but only bought books at two of the stores. Thrift stores are always a gamble, but you get THAT MUCH MORE excited when you find something good! I saw a girl walking around Goodwill with the Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow. If only I got there five minutes earlier, that book could've been mine for $1.

Reading lets my mind travel when my body is physically incapable. It's the escapist coping mechanism I used when I was in high school and couldn't even leave my town, and now reading comes in handy when I'm between trips!

Here's what I picked up on my recent thrift shop foray - I never paid more than $3 for a book!

  1. Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
  2. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
  3. It by Alexa Chung
  4. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  5. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (I may or may not already own a copy)
  6. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
  7. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  8. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  9. How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley
  10. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  11. Maus I by Art Spiegelman 
  12. Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
  13. The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
NINE of these books are nonfiction. What can I say, I love learning about the real world! 

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