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: 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 [...]

Literary travel: The Lady and the Monk

Initially, I was really excited to read Pico Iyer's The Lady and the Monk. For those in the know, Iyer is one of the world's leading travel writers today (travel writer, not blogger) whose observations have made him quite famous. I was especially attracted to this book because it features Kyoto, my soul city in Japan. I [...]

Literary travel: Around the world in 100 books

I'm a book nerd. Always have been. Always will be. Since childhood, I've taken books with me everywhere: in the backseat, at the beach, on the lawn, at the pool, under the covers, in the crook of a plum tree (like Brick from The Middle). I sniff out bookshelves, libraries, and bookstores wherever I go. [...]

Literary travel: the art of keeping a travel journal

When you travel, do you jot down your thoughts? Do you still have that fistful of sand you grabbed from that beach that looked straight out of a movie? Do you love to doodle about the location you're in? I have always journaled but my first travel journal began when I went on my first [...]

Literary travel: 6 classic novelists from Trinidad and Tobago you should know about

“The best way to know the soul of another country is to read its literature.” Amos Oz Trinidad and Tobago, located at the end of the Caribbean archipelago and very close to the South American continent, is a cultural hotbed. The birthplace of steelpan and calypso is also home to an established and incredibly diverse [...]

Literary travel: 5 books to help you understand the Caribbean

Think the Caribbean is just a sun, sea, and sand playground where rum flows like water and sunsets make you cry?   Think again. As a traveler, if you really want to understand the region more deeply, read Caribbean literature by Caribbean authors. Dig below the Instagrammable surface of street parties and deserted beaches and [...]