How to Travel the World when You're Stuck at Home

Mar 26, 2020

Trips are canceled. Many countries and cities are put on lockdown. Travel is banned. You still can travel around the world. Not in the movie like our previous post but in the book.

The case of people effected keep increasing in many countries (except China), so in the next 2 weeks. So let's read a book to travel around the world during the time you are implementing social-distancing.

"Which book I should read?", someone asked.

We won't recommend the book. We will ask you: "Which country you want to travel if you're not stuck at home?"

Once you have your answer, take a look of this map.

Begun by user "BackForward24" and crowdsourced through Reddit

Travel the World with The Most Beloved Book of Each Country

Travel are being disrupted by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) but books offer the privilege of traveling all around the globe without even having to leave your home.

Read a book from that country helps you understand more the culture & people of your dream destination. So let's look through the map above, to choose the book you want to read. If you cannot read the map, there is a text available . I guarantee this is the cheapest trip to abroad you can have.

But in case you don't want to read a book. But still want to do something to prepare for your future trip, Triip app's here for you. You can earn travel point during this free time, and use it for future purpose. Here how you can do it!

And to all the book lovers: Let's take a look of some books! Shall we?

Start from those giants:

The United States of American - To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.  (Goodreads)

The story about life in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression. We are going through a tough times due to the pandemic, this is a good read for us to learn lessons about humanity and how we cope up with the situation, together.

Russian - War and Peace

War & Peace movie by BBC

In Russia's struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Greater than a historical chronicle, War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself, 'a complete picture', as a contemporary reviewer put it, 'of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness, their grief and humiliation'. - Goodreads

People said it is not a great book, it is the best novel ever written. War & Peace is a long novel. But it is just long enough for at least 2 weeks being self-quarantine. And maybe you want to read through these 10 things you need to know (if you haven't actually read it) with The Guardian.

China - Dream of the Red Chamber

Dream of the Red Chamber - Chinese's masterpiece 

For more than a century and a half, Dream of the Red Chamber has been recognized in China as the greatest of its novels, a Chinese Romeo-and-Juliet love story and a portrait of one of the world's great civilizations.

The book as it stands in the Penguin version runs to 2,500 pages – twice as long as War and Peace. Hard going at first because of the myriad characters (there are 40 main ones) and their (to a non-Chinese eye) difficult names. But once you are into it, it is a book into which the reader can completely immerse themselves; it is like nothing else in all of literature.

But seem like China’s greatest novel virtually unknown in the west, according to Michael Wood.

These are 3 famous books from 3 big countries. Take your time to read though. But if you want to know more about the small countries. Here are a few suggestions from those beautiful countries:

Bhutan - The Circle of Karma

Buddha in Bhutan
Photo by RKTKN / Unsplash

The remote country in Himalaya - Lonely Planet says is the best place to visit in 2020 and which touts on being the ‘happiest place on earth’.

The Circle of Karma is the first English novel by a woman from Bhutan. Set in the mid-20th century, the story revolves around Tsomo, an unlettered woman, who is exposed to a life of hardship and turmoil. There is a flamboyant abundance of rituals described during the course of Tsomos’s sojourn around Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal and India. For example, her description of a Hindu marriage ritual is bright, colorful and thoughtful. Choden creates a vivid picture of a woman's struggle for survival and peace, at a time of great change for the women of Bhutan.

New Zealand - The bone people

Have always loved winter season and this was taken from my trip to New Zealand, on a hike to the top of Roys Peak.
Photo by Aaron Sebastian / Unsplash

Keri Hulme's The Bone People deals with hefty issues surrounding Maori displacement. Shame it breaks down too easily into bad writing and spiritual nonsense.

Hulme's writing can still be startlingly awful, but generally her storytelling is vivid and to-the-point, backed up by some poetic and evocative descriptions of the New Zealand coastline and Maori myth and legend.

For this book to be published to people, there was the monumental effort of writing it over a 12-year period, then the fact that nearly every publisher rejected it out of hand. So spend of some precious time during this social-distancing to learn read it.

What is your choice during this time practice social-distancing at home? Travel, not in flesh, but in minds. Prepare your next travel by learning more about countries through their most popular books.

And if you don't want to read, 10 best travel movies in this list hope to cheer you up.

Still bored? Thinking about earn more travel points to be ready for your next trip. Triip app is ready to help. Let's make you a happy traveler, right at your home.

Stay safe and stay positive!

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