How Much Do You Read on Vacation?

15 Jul

Readers, I need advice!

I’m leaving Wednesday for a two-week vacation. My husband and I are doing it all carry-on only! So, that, unfortunately, means no books! I can hear you all gasp in horror. I’ll clarify. That means no print books. If you know me, you know I’m a dedicated print reader so I’m going out of my comfort zone and doing ebooks on my phone for this trip. I have one I’m in the middle of and one more downloaded and, well, that’s it!

I’m nervous I don’t have enough. I’m 90% sure I can download more while I’m abroad but I know there are weird phone rules with some services and I’d prefer to have books on my phone before we head out. I think I might have enough? Maybe? I don’t know!

We have several flights on this trip so there will be a good amount of time spent waiting in airports. I think that will be the majority of my reading time. I’ve packed the rest of our days pretty full.

How much do you all read on vacation? Would two books be enough for anyone out there? I feel like I’m really skimping but I’m also being a bit logical about my time. Would you suggest another book? …or two?

Until next time, write on.

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42 Responses to “How Much Do You Read on Vacation?”

  1. Colleen's Conclusions July 15, 2018 at 10:38 AM #

    I think I read 8 when I was on a two week trip to Michigan for one week then Ireland another week. Just download a bunch before you leave.

    I know Ireland had wifi in their pubs, idk about other countries since that is the only one I have been to aside from cruise stops.

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    • Roachie's Reviews July 15, 2018 at 11:11 AM #

      In my experience, most European cities have good wi-fi provision in hotels or in bars/cafes/pubs etc. Definitely the case in the UK. I hope Sam’s trip is somewhere amazing…!

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      • Sam July 15, 2018 at 4:37 PM #

        All the places we’re staying have WiFi so I’m not too worried about that. We’ll be stopping in Belfast so just one corner of the UK. Happy reading!

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      • Roachie's Reviews July 15, 2018 at 4:53 PM #

        If you’ve not been to Belfast before then you’re in for a treat – fabulous city. Highly recommend Bert’s Jazz Bar and Restaurant 🙂 Enjoy your travels!

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      • Sam July 15, 2018 at 9:45 PM #

        Thank you!

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    • Sam July 15, 2018 at 4:13 PM #

      Dang! How long were these books? I can’t imagine reading eight books in two weeks. Also, I hope you enjoyed my home state of Michigan!

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      • Colleen's Conclusions July 16, 2018 at 10:13 PM #

        One of them was probably a Harry Potter book…think I read the Half Blood Prince or order of Phoenix while my parents slept on the way home on an almost 10 hour flight .

        The rest were your average 270-400 pages long. My internal clock didn’t agree with going to bed at their time since it was five hours off. So I read a lot…and my dad kept us awake the first day so we couldn’t even sleep after getting off the plane lol. So I was awake for 32 hours the first and last days.

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      • Colleen's Conclusions July 16, 2018 at 10:14 PM #

        I also read them on my e-reader. I get through books quicker on them and was trying to pack light.

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      • Colleen's Conclusions July 16, 2018 at 10:15 PM #

        And yes I did!! Michigan is my home state too! I live in Tennessee now. Sorry, last comment. What part do you live in?

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      • Sam July 16, 2018 at 10:21 PM #

        I’m thoroughly impressed with reading that much! Kudos to you. I don’t have an eReader so I’m sticking to the Kindle app on my iPhone. I hope I survive! I’m in metro Detroit myself.

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      • Colleen's Conclusions July 16, 2018 at 11:19 PM #

        Hope you like reading on the phone! I hate it and prefer e-readers but if you can and like it, kudos to you too! I wish I did like it for at work lol.

        I think when I went to Michigan for a week last year I read a total of four maybe five books. I sometimes read more on trips and other times I don’t.

        I actually was literally minutes away from the Michigan/Ohio boarderline. My stepmom was from Detroit though.

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      • Sam July 17, 2018 at 6:37 AM #

        I’ve never owned a good eReader, just a cheap one I won at a giveaway whose battery only lasts an hour. So I don’t really know what I’m missing haha.

        I’m stocked up on books now so we’ll see how much I get through. I don’t think I’m in danger of running out haha. Happy reading!

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      • Colleen's Conclusions July 17, 2018 at 12:08 PM #

        Huh! I don’t know of any that have lasted that long. My Nook’s have all lasted at least a week and my Kindle Oasis 2017 is finally lasting about a week finally.

        Thanks, happy reading to you too!

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  2. Didi July 15, 2018 at 10:42 AM #

    I read a lot because one week we usually stay with my mother-in-law in the countryside and I usually read a book a day while I’m there. The second half we usually go somewhere else and I read a little bit in the evening but not much more than that because we’re out and about. So I say it depends on what you’ll be doing on holiday. If you have a lot of activities planned then no you won’t have time to read very much. I’d just up load maybe 1 or 2 more books just in case you do have time. That way you won’t be stuck with nothing. Oh and I’d upload them from home before leaving to be safe.

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    • Sam July 15, 2018 at 4:35 PM #

      One or two more to be safe sounds like my best bet. Thanks and happy reading!

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      • Didi July 16, 2018 at 4:06 AM #

        And to you too…

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  3. Roachie's Reviews July 15, 2018 at 11:07 AM #

    I think it really depends on what my trip involves. If I do a week by the pool I usually take between 4 and 6 depending on the length of the books. If I do a busy 7-10 days (like a cruise) then I take an absolute minimum of two but that’s being safe in the knowledge I can either buy books, read them and leave them behind for someone else, or there’s a library (which most cruise ships have). Quite specific scenarios but those are the only types of holidays I’ve done in the last couple of years! 🙂

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    • Sam July 15, 2018 at 4:36 PM #

      Thank you! I’m staying in hostels and AirBNBs in Europe so I’m not counting too much on a library. Maybe one or two more to be safe. Thanks!

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  4. Whimsically Meghan July 15, 2018 at 2:54 PM #

    First off have fun on vacation! Second, I always feel like I’ll read so much on the plane and waiting for the plane, and guess what I read even less. I’ve learned that I have a very hard time reading on planes. I don’t know what it is. I usually bring one book and I usually never finish it. The only time I finished 3 books on vacation was when I went to Cuba because that’s all you do, read by the pool/beach.
    I’m currently on my way home from a mini vacation to Niagara Falls and I did even less reading than I expected. I wish you luck reading only ebooks! 🙂

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    • Sam July 15, 2018 at 4:38 PM #

      Thank you! The ebook thing will be a big change for me. We’re going to be quite busy so I don’t know if I’ll finish the two I have but others are making me nervous and I might download a few more. Happy reading!

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      • Whimsically Meghan July 16, 2018 at 4:48 PM #

        You’re welcome! It never hurts to have too many books! 🙂

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  5. Hunida July 15, 2018 at 3:49 PM #

    Maybe you should just download another book or two in case you need it & are not able to download any on vacation!

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    • Sam July 15, 2018 at 4:38 PM #

      That would be my biggest fear! Happy reading.

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  6. Ryan July 15, 2018 at 7:19 PM #

    I never read as much as I intend to once I’m actually on vacation at my destination, so for me it would really depend on the amount of travel time I’ve got, because I will read on planes to distract myself from the horror of where I’m situated. Since they’re ebooks I’d just say have more than you think you’ll need, especially since there’s always a chance the limited books you do bring don’t manage to be all that gripping.

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    • Sam July 15, 2018 at 9:45 PM #

      I’ll look into additional ones to download tomorrow. I think one or two more would be good. Happy reading!

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  7. Trisha Jenn Loehr July 15, 2018 at 7:36 PM #

    Hello! I think how much I/you read really depends on the type of vacation. If you’re travelling around seeing lots of things and doing a lot of activities, you’ll read less. If you’re sitting on a beach or aiming to have a similarly relaxing vacation, you’ll read much more. I’ve read 7 books on an 8-day vacation (beach trip, just me and the hubs) and I’ve read 2 books on a 3-week trip, also just me and the hubs (full of activities, plus being super tired from first trimester of pregnancy…).

    I’d suggest bringing one print book for a comfort book (small, paperback that can fit in your purse) for when the phone bugs your eyes. Then, download as many ebooks as you can so you can have choices on what to read and don’t have to worry about finding wifi or picking another book to download. I also like to take an audio book or two with me on my phone for long flights when I want to close my eyes but still have entertainment because I can never sleep on flights.

    Have a great trip!

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    • Sam July 15, 2018 at 9:47 PM #

      I’ve got an audiobook for exactly that reason! I’m worried about getting sick of the phone glare so a small paperback might help if I have the space for it. We’re traveling extremely light so that’s seriously in question.
      I think I’m going to be very busy from our travels so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done. I’ll wait and see but I’m not optimistic. Happy reading!

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  8. whitreadslit July 15, 2018 at 11:36 PM #

    My husband and I did a carry-on only two week trip to England last year! I ended up taking one print book that was fairly skinny (Persuasion by Jane Austen) and the rest of the books were on my e-reader. I use an iPad Mini as my e-reader, so it is also very slim. I think I ended up reading three or four e-books, in addition to my print book (mostly on the plane and train rides). It all really depends on how much downtime you think you’ll have, and how quickly you tend to read. Audio books are also a good option!
    I hope this helps! And I hope you have a wonderful trip!

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    • Sam July 16, 2018 at 5:36 AM #

      Reading on my phone isn’t my favorite but it works. I might have to look into one novel to read before bed to avoid light. I hope your trip was awesome. Happy reading!

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  9. forgedinink July 16, 2018 at 1:02 PM #

    It depends on what type of vacation you are going on. Most of my trips aboard have been so full of sight-seeing and museums that one or two books is more than enough; however, if I’m doing a week lounging on the beach I either bring several books or one or two huge books such as The Stand. Enjoy your vacation.

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    • Sam July 16, 2018 at 2:54 PM #

      Mine will be more sightseeing and business. I have three now and I think I’ll be safe? I hope so at least haha. Happy reading!

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  10. anovelglimpse July 16, 2018 at 1:29 PM #

    It depends where I’m going. Somewhere tropical, lots of book to read on the beach. Oh, and on the airplane too. Really I just take my kindle so I have all the books in my hand.

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    • Sam July 16, 2018 at 2:55 PM #

      I’ve got a lot of planes to read on so I think that’s where I’ll get through most of it. Happy reading!

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  11. Rae Longest July 16, 2018 at 10:15 PM #

    You can never have too many books. Take your Kindle.

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    • Sam July 16, 2018 at 10:21 PM #

      I don’t have one. 😢 This is the first time I’ve ever wanted one.

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      • Rae Longest July 18, 2018 at 6:40 PM #

        My Kindle is on my iPad.

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      • Sam July 18, 2018 at 7:26 PM #

        I guess I need one of those, too!

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  12. Aislynn d'Merricksson July 17, 2018 at 3:17 AM #

    Travel is why I adore my Kindle! Two books would never be enough for me! Especially if I have lots of vehicle travel. Planes, trains, and cars offer me plenty of time to read, and I like a choice.

    Have fun in your holiday!

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    • Sam July 17, 2018 at 6:39 AM #

      I’m really wishing I owned a Kindle right now. I’ve never wanted one before but it would be very convenient for this trip. We’ll be on planes and trains though no cars are planned. I may surprise myself and get through a lot of books, we’ll see. Happy reading!

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  13. Nandika_k7 July 17, 2018 at 9:41 PM #

    When I go on a plane I usually listen to audiobooks, I find it easier than looking at a screen for a long time, and it helps because sometimes I get sick. The amount of books I read depends on if it’s a direct flight or there are stops, but I complete around 2-4 books.
    It’s always a good thing to have more books downloaded in case you get bored of one if you feel like reading something else.

    Have a nice vacation!

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    • Sam July 17, 2018 at 9:45 PM #

      I’ve got a bunch of flights as we stop in different cities. I downloaded another book and an extra audio after posting this. I’m feeling better about it now. Happy reading!

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      • Nandika_k7 July 17, 2018 at 9:47 PM #

        You too!

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