"A sofa and a coffee are the finest travel companions one can have. Armchair travel is often more exciting than the real thing, and always more comfortable. The only limit is your imagination. Don Quixote said that you can "journey all over the universe in a map, without the expense and fatigue, without the inconveniences of heat, cold, hunger and thirst." Reading is far cheaper than traveling (in paperback at least) and far more convenient. You can skip the boring parts, savour the good bits, laugh in the face of danger and drop ice cubes down the vest of fear.