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Top Seven Travel Books To Soothe Your Mind

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Books are a man’s best friend because if you love reading books, you will never be alone. They take you in a totally different world filled with imagination and magic. It is like living a parallel life without having to teleport. Apart from this, the other great thing in life is travelling. What if we combine the two? Yes, we are talking about those books that inspire you to travel.We may not be able to venture far right now, but these travel books, from classics to comic travelogues, take us on journeys around the world.

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Eliza Gilbert

This book always comes first when we talk about travel. It is the story of Eliza Gilbert who is a modern-day American woman, who leaves behind her life to examine different aspects of her nature. She goes for pleasure to Italy, for devotion in India and finally to Bali. While she travels the different countries, you would want to travel with her. This book is everything that will inspire you to explore your life while exploring the world around you.

2. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is a name which is synonymous to travel writing. You can’t pick up just one by him that’s good because they all are. This book chronicles his journey across Australia, as he goes from the east to the west, through tiny towns, coastal cities, and forgotten forests. He travels around the country in awe, and sometimes in fear. This book will make you want to travel to Australia!

3. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

With so much travel literature telling us where to go, we can lose sight of the purpose behind traveling at all. Alain de Botton’s, The Art of Travel” serves as a reminder of the how and why when it comes to hitting the road, said Michelle Halpern, travel blogger at Live Like It’s The Weekend. Many travel-themed books play to our daydreams about travel, but de Botton takes a brutally honest and philosophical look.

4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Most travelers are searching for something on their adventures, whether it’s amazing archeological sites or the most delicious meal. But while you’re busy seeking something external, you usually end up discovering a piece of yourself you never knew was there. That’s exactly what happens in Paulo Coelho’s book, The Alchemist. 

5. Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy

Few travel writers of any era compare to Dervla Murphy. Now in her late 80s, she’s been responsible for dozens of travel books, dwelling on destinations as varied as Cuba, Laos, Romania and Cameroon. Her 1965 debut remains her best known work, and tells the account of an astonishing solo bicycle expedition to Delhi.

6. Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy de Lisle

Canadian cartoonist Guy de Lisle is no standard travel writer and his books are far from standard travelogues. Using simple, unfussy, comic-strip illustrations, he recounts his first-hand experiences of living in some of the world’s knottiest destinations, from Myanmar to North Korea. The result is a series of graphic memoirs that brilliantly juggle the subtleties and oddities of being a stranger in a strange town.

7. Venice by Jan Morris

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Recent reports suggest the now-quiet canals of Venice are at their clearest for 60 years, with dolphins and swans spotted in recent days. The city, of course, has always had a touch of fantasy about it. Venice is a cheek-by-jowl, back-of-the-hand, under-the-counter, higgledy-piggledy, anecdotal city, writes Jan Morris in this 1960 masterpiece. Read this book for a ray of hope.

 

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Travel Documentaries To Quench Your Wanderlust

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The whole world is going through the fear of the pandemic disease of Coronavirus. You may not be able to travel or leave the house right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live vicariously through other people.  But here are some travel documentaries that open your eyes to secrets, adventure, new ways of life and a lot of wanderlust!

1. Street Food

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This new netflix series from the creators of Chef’s Table will explore a different region each season. They start off on the streets of Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and more. You can see the carts, stalls, and markets that folks visit on the go, in the middle of the night, or even every day. Unlike other food shows, Street Food spends each episode highlight the intense personal connection between the meals and the people who make them.

 

2. The Dawn Wall

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El Capitan in Yosemite is one of the most famous climbing destinations and the Dawn Wall, so named because it is the first thing in the valley to be illuminated in the morning, had never been free-climbed (the act of using equipment only to protect from falls, not to assist in climbing) until Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen took it on. The documentary explains the years of training and each climber’s motivation for attempting the world-record climb.

 

3. Around The World In 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days is a 7 part BBC travel series written and presented by comedian Michael Palin. It is based on the famous adventure novel by Jules Verne with the same name. Similar to the novel, Palin accepts the challenge to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days and closely follows the road and sea route, as taken by the protagonist in the novel. He takes you across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America through nearly every possible means of transport.

 

4. Baraka 

Baraka, also known as among some of the best travel documentaries ever is a non-narrative documentary is a kaleidoscopic retreat into the different hymns of nature and its impact on various cultures. From the cacophonic chants of hundreds of monks huddled together for a cosmic yajna to the frenzied thumping of the whole village, the documentary highlights the phenomena of nature and how it forms the core of various cultures.

 

7. K2- Siren of the Himalayas 

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K2: Siren of the Himalayas is a multilingual travel documentary that shows you the dangerous world of high altitude mountaineering and follows a group of mountaineering experts as they venture on an epic journey. You get introduced to deathly cliffs, braving hideous climates and beautiful snow-covered mountains.

 

6. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi 

This great documentary is about Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old world-renowned sushi master with a tiny restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station, who is one day awarded three Michelin stars. Throughout the documentary, you will see the pursuit of perfection of sushi and get a great glimpse into Japanese culture. This opens a world driven by passion and bliss. Any wanderlust out there must watch this.

 

7. Everyday Is Like a Saturday 

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Every day is like a Saturday when you are on a long trip around the world. Solo traveling is not only about meandering through unknown lanes of a forbidden place. But it is also a great way to delve deep inside one’s own existence. The story brings out the chronicles of trekkers on four different continents. The documentary also includes interviews from other backpackers and highlights how the road can form unbreakable bonds.

 

These documentaries surely will quench the wanderlust within you. Related content- Top Underrated Places One Must Visit

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Disappearing Languages: Travelling With Your Ears Open

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Disappearing Languages all around the world is an issue often overlooked. We notice and capture everything exotic and fresh while travelling, but end up travelling deaf. There are more than 6000 languages in the world right now. However, a language dies every two weeks. Along with the last speaker, goes an entire system to express emotions, medicinal practices, conservation practices and culture.

Moreover, Helping preserve an indigenous or dying language is a dimension of Ethical Travelling.  

 

CONNECT WITH THE LAND

While preparing your itinerary, search for areas that are hotspots for linguistic diversity. When Travelling, connect with the guide and gain information about the local languages. It is even better if you can find someone to help translate/transliterate those languages. Make it a must to visit those areas.

 

DON’T LIMIT SMART TRAVEL TO YOURSELF

Apps and Websites like Talking Dictionaries and Wikitongues allow you to contribute to an online collection of languages from all around the world. It is not necessary for you to be a linguist to outrun the silence. It is common among students to opt for Language Tourism that requires a longer stay at respective destinations. Simply learning how to document a threatened language in a nearby area, can save a community from ‘cultural devastation’. 

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Linguistic Hotspots; image via: Swarthmore.edu

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE LESS TIME FOR DOCUMENTATION

Record Oral Histories

Oral Histories can help you record languages at the peak of their functionality. While interviewing the person, keep the questions open-ended and very broad. This allows a free flow of thought and words. The reminiscent and emotional content is of extreme value. Record them talking in the Past, Present and Future Tense and among themselves.

 Be mindful about

  • Clean Audio, no noise in the background
  • The phone should be in a horizontal direction. This allows sharing ease on various online platforms.

Record Them Singing

Music is a very good way to inform the world about the existence of a language. Record the speakers of the language to sing a song in their language. Posting it online is imperative for creating awareness and generating action.

Donate Technology

Connect with the locals, teaching them how to create a language database themselves using Talking Dictionaries can help preserve the language for posterity. It is time to spend less on memoirs(travel like a minimalist), and more on preservation.

Preserving Disappearing Languages at home

Learn One Online

Explore resources online for languages that are not commercially but culturally important. Websites and apps like WikiTongues, The Rosetta Project, Matador Network, Ojibwe, Enduring Voices and Ethnologue can help you do so.

Create Content in Endangered Languages

Be as creative with your content as possible, they can even be memes!

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Preserving Disappearing Languages; “I’ll be back”(John Henhawk); Mohawk Language

 

Merci? Danke? …  Niawen’kó:wa! (Mohawk)

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Him Or Her: Choosing Your Travel Partner

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THE ULTIMATE QUEST: CHOOSING THE RIGHT TRAVEL PARTNER 

Each journey that you are a part of today will be a part of you tomorrow. Making a trip is like making a memory album; you will relive it every time you see it. While it is imperative to plan a trip way ahead of time, it is equally important to choose the right travel partner.

Planning essentials, shopping for the trip, packing right, travelling, clicking pictures, eating around, squirming about, meeting the locals or staying in hotels, it is all a part of the package deal. Then if you finally decide to travel with someone, how can you risk making a choice that you might regret today, and for all the years to come.

A few things you could keep in mind while choosing your travel partner are:

1.Make Sure Your Personalities Match

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if you’re both introverts or both extroverts, there is a greater possibility of making the most of your trip. While introverts would like to go to quieter places, stay in at night or just roam around quietly, an extrovert partner might want to hop out and look for places to party or mingle with the locals or other tourists at the place. It does sound incredibly wonderful that an introvert could bring an extrovert closer to nature and the extrovert might be a breath of fresh air to the introvert, but it really isn’t so. On a trip, you want to be your own self and relax, which cannot happen if you are with a clashing personality.

2.Your Travel Adventure Might be Their Crazy

You would naturally wish to venture out of your monotonous habits and do some adventurous things on your trip. But it is important that what you see as adventurous is not crazy for your partner. If you are someone who likes to be high on adrenaline, choose a partner who feels likewise. After all, you don’t want to be sky diving alone while your partner eats ice cream while holding your bag.

3.Talk the Money Talks   

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While you might be someone who likes to keep a tight hand on your pocket, your partner could be someone who likes to splurge their heart out. So, discuss the money matters in advance. You don’t want to be eating at the café while your partner is gorging at the lavish restaurant.

4.Spending the Travel Time

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If it’s a long journey, you don’t want to end up getting bored. The journey usually sets the tone or the trip. See how you like to spend that time and choose your partner accordingly. You don’t want a chatterbox with you while you are looking forward to reading Murakami or Rushdie.

5.The Social Factortravel2

If your partner is constantly on social media and you are not big on that, there might be a possible clash and bitterness. For them this could be an opportunity to click more pictures and for you that could just be a hindrance to your enjoyment. So make sure you’re either on the same page or at least at a mutual consensus about your on-trip social media indulgence.

 

6.Morning Person/ Night Person

Ours is a generation where our sleeping patterns are more than just flawed. While some people still operate at the regular hours; sleeping at night and working the day, there are people who do the opposite. If you cannot wake up before the sun is already overhead, you don’t want to end up travelling with someone who gets up when the sun does. This will upset your sleep pattern and might leave you frustrated through the trip. Either choose a partner whose routine syncs with yours or modify yours before you leave for the trip.

There is no Bible for how or whom to travel with, but choosing a good partner can always make your trip worthwhile.

To combat your quarantine blues, here are a few travel movies you could watch: https://littleletterslinked.com/best-travel-movies-for-you-to-binge-watch/

 

 

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