How to survive the lockdown: Books for the stuck-at-home traveler

Hey guys, how are you doing? I’m still cooped up in my home due to the corona virus, and aside from working, I’ve been searching for things to do. The following weeks I will give you some tips for the stuck-at-home traveler. Books, movies and games that fellow wanderlusters might enjoy, because they will transport you to the places you can’t actually visit right now.

Today I want to share some booktips with you. I am a huge bookworm (I studied literature, worked at a bookshop, currently working at the library and aside from this blog, I also have a bookblog), so I do know a thing or two about books. I want to share some books about travel with you guys, but also some other favourites of mine that will help you think about something else for a change.

girl in long coat and hat standing in front of bookcase

Books about traveling

  • First of all, I mentioned it a couple times before, if you’re aching to visit a specific country or city, check out my Traveling Bookworm page where I’ll share my recommendations sorted by country. I always look up authors and books before visiting a new place and the highlighted books will appear on this list.
  • If you like Young Adult romance novels, I’d recommend I see London, I see France by Sarah Mlynowski about a interrail tour through Europe.
  • If you’re into books and traveling, like I am, Literary Places is a nonfiction book written by Sarah Baxter that you just cannot miss.
  • I always love the books by Lonely Planet, like wonders of the world, a big book to just browse through and drool over all the pretty places. In her footsteps about women who changed the world and the places they worked, lived and loved. If you’re a foodie, check out The Ultimate Eatlist with the best dishes from all over the world.
  • If you love puzzles and traveling, you’re gonna love City Mazes. A puzzle book with city maps, where you can expore cities like London, Paris, Hong Kong or Amsterdam from your own living room.
  • Update: Since writing this post, I’ve read two books that need to be added to this list. I found them online whilst searching for books on travel and wanted to read them immediately, so I did. The alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a book that is featured EVERYWHERE, even my boyfriend and my mother-in-law had recommended it to me, and it was already on our shelves, so it was time to pick it up. I finished reading it in a few hours. It’s a book about a journey, both a ‘real’ one as well as a spiritual one. I’m certainly not a religious person but this book had some good insights.
  • The other book I came across online was Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert. I never thought I would like this book, for it had been such a hype. But I actually loved it. I only finished it yesterday but I feel like it has given me some guidance on how to be happy and how to follow your dreams.

My all-time favourites

Time for some escapism? Here are some of my all time favourite books that don’t have anything to do with traveling:

  • Any book by my favourite author: Patrick Ness. A monster calls is very real and very sad. The Crane Wife is a lovely small literary work and The Knife of Never Letting Go will let you escape to another planet where everyone can hear everyones thoughts.
  • Is there a better time to be (re)reading Harry Potter?
  • Melissa Albert – The Hazel Wood
  • Lewis Carroll – Alice’s adventure’s in Wonderland
  • Erin Morgenstern – The night circus
  • Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s tale
  • George Orwell – 1984
  • Stephanie Garber – Caraval

What am I reading right now?

I just started reading The Plague by Camus because it seemed fitting…

Let me know if you liked this post. Are you a bookwurm just like me? You can add me on goodreads if you like to follow my books and reviews.


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