The question we're asking is, why would you not want those thousand lives you live to be from every spot on earth?!
BookVoyage is a monthly subscription box for avid readers and global citizens. Each box is country-themed and contains a foreign book written by a critically-acclaimed local author and translated into English, tea or coffee from that country, as well as a sweet or savoury treat to go with the hot drink, giving you what we like to call a truly global immersive reading experience.
Why you do what you do is much more important than the what or how, so we'd like to share our why.
There are two things we know for certain. The first is that there is a massive lack of understanding and tolerance in the world and an increasing divide. We are naturally surrounded by like-minded individuals who think like us and have similar life experiences, and in this day and age, technology has made it much easier for us to filter our content consumption to what reinforces our existing ideologies and world views; this is what psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky called the confirmation bias. The second is that peaking into the minds and ways of thinking of people with whom we do not share the same set of values and beliefs, seeing things from their very different perspective, helps us overcome the misconceptions we have about other societies and the cultural isolation we tend to live in.
To get that glimpse into how the other side lives and thinks, we have to hear them tell it. It is stories told in their own way, drawn from their starkly different realities and imaginations, that tell us who they are. Now, that's not to say that everyone in a country has the same life experience or that people where you live are not three-dimensional enough to inspire, move and transport you, but it is to say that if we expand our content consumption to listen to what the world has to say, it is bound to enrich our minds, souls and daily lives.
We chose to tackle the problem this way because short of going to Nicaragua and finding a really interesting local that wants to share a fascinating story, or make one up for that matter, books are the most interesting way in. The subscription model helps as it allows you to track your journey and makes this goal of wider reading part of your routine.