A literary travel guide to Trinidad and Tobago

If you're a book nerd like me, then you'll absolutely adore the idea of literary travel. What is it, exactly? It's a form of tourism where you visit places that inspired or featured in certain fiction/non-fiction books. For instance, if you loved Anne of Green Gables, then you'll definitely appreciate visiting the real Prince Edward [...]

Literary travel: Oh Happy Day

Self-published in 2017, Oh Happy Day is a debut collection of short stories written by Trinidadian author, Michelle Ragoonanan-Ali. Oh Happy Day features many popular Trinidadian traditions, customs, and language and spans the length and breadth of the island, from Sea Lots to Siparia, Mayaro to Talparo. In general, the stories deal with the struggles [...]

Literary travel: Americanah

You can’t talk about international travel without talking about immigration. Yes, they are related. So what is immigration? Immigration has been happening way back when. It happened when nomadic people decided to leave a place and settle somewhere else that promised a better life. Ain’t nothing wrong with trying to improve your lot. Just do [...]

Literary travel: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, written by Dominican American author Junot Diaz, is set in the DR (Dominican Republic) and New Jersey, United States. It starts off telling the story of uber-nerd/Dominican with no game Oscar but soon delves into his entire family history. What I liked I get why this novel got [...]

Literary travel: Little Free Library in Trinidad and Tobago

Book nerdigans, did you know that Trinidad and Tobago has not one but two Little Free Library locations? What is the Little Free Library? The non-profit, which was started in Hudson, Wisconsin by Tod Bol, now has over 50,000 locations in over 70 countries worldwide. Today, it's a global movement that encourages a love of reading. This [...]

Literary travel: Marco Polo Didn’t Go There

"It is the expectation itself that robs a bit of authenticity from the destinations we seek out." - Rolf Potts One of the best ways you can travel meaningfully is by reading travel fiction/non-fiction on the country/countries you intend to visit. I got interested in Rolf Potts when I heard he was the "Jack Kerouac [...]

Literary travel: 7 books set in India that will inspire you to travel there

Even before Jesse and I traveled to India a couple years ago, I loved reading fiction written by Indian authors. I admired their writing style, often so magical or lyrical that it totally transported me to a country I initially never really cared to visit. If you're thinking of taking a meaningful trip to the [...]

The expat and the art of minimalist living

Everything changed when I first moved out of my childhood home. I was getting ready to study abroad in the UK and couldn't decide what to carry. In retrospect, I realized that I walked with way too much luggage in the first place, including a cooking pot and a heavy wool winter coat that I [...]

Literary travel: 5 books that inspired me to travel abroad

Over the years, I've read a lot of travel fiction/non-fiction but there are some books that remain dear to me. Some I read during my formative years before I was old enough or could afford to travel abroad. I read two of them while I was at university and they inspired me to push the boundaries of [...]