Stuck at home? These 6 travel books will transport you to places you've been dreaming of visiting

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You are not stuck at home if you have a book with you. A book can take you places. While you're doing your part by staying at home, here are a few of our recommended travel books to keep your wanderlust alive.

The Frozen River - Seeking Silence in the Himalaya by James Crowden

The Frozen River is an unusual account of the days author James Crowden spent with the Zangskari people of Ladakh.

In 1976, Crowden leaves his career in the British army and travels to Ladakh in the Northern Himalaya where he embraces the Zangskari way of life. One of the remotest regions of the time, Ladakh offers much silence and solitude.

But the very human price of living unchanged for centuries becomes apparent to Crowden when he goes on a journey across the frozen Leh river along with some butter traders of this Himalayan community.

Place featured: Ladakh, India

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

A journalist from London decides to live in rural Jutland to find out why Danes are the happiest people on earth. Why would people from one of the darkest, coldest regions - where salaries are heavily taxed - be the happiest in the world?

Through Helen Russell's anecdotes, data and interviews, her readers get a glimpse of what Denmark is all about. The book is as funny and engaging as it is informative.

At the end of it all, we understand the importance of work-life balance and get to appreciate a different culture. Some of us may also be inspired to drop what we have and dream about new beginnings in Denmark!

Place featured: Denmark

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Under the Tuscan Sun details the story of a woman who travels from America to Cortona in Italy, and tries to renovate an abandoned villa there.

Every attempt at fixing the villa brings on new problems, but some exciting discoveries and the whole rigmarole of trying and trying again makes this journey worthwhile.

Under the Tuscan Sun is a memoir, travelogue and cookbook all rolled into one. One of this book's reviewers had suggested tasting the book because of the recipes it unveils. Here's to the beautiful village of Cortona, and to the idea of travelling to foreign places in search of memorable adventures!

Place featured: Tuscany, Italy

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

When it comes to travel writing, there are few writers as popular as Bill Bryson. We see why when we read this book. In a Sunburned Country details Bryson's adventures in Australia - from cold beer and lethal wildlife to the most charming people and some wonderful sunshine.

It's not just modern cities and its inhabitants that Bryson covers but also a few of the earliest historical findings on Australia, the outback, and the plight of the aborigines. His skill as a travel writer is in making any subject accessible to lay people by transforming it into world-class entertainment.

If you want to know Australia through anecdotes - without getting bored with facts and stats - this book is for you.

Place featured: Australia

Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck

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MARS SATURN CONJUNCTION ☀️⠀ ⠀ As the darkest planets meet, working w the light, whatever that means to us personally, will go a long way now. Not only to set free our personal joy, creativity & peace of mind, but also to support collective peace & healing the planet.⠀ ✨⠀ Now through April 1st Mars & Saturn are meeting as they do every 2 years. This aspect feels like driving with the brakes on as we work out how to balance patience & allowing things to develop over time vs rushing to fulfill impassioned agendas. While this presents challenges it’s usually manageable & helps us cultivate compassion & maturity. What can help w frustration is viewing our lives & goals from a medium or long-term perspective. We can also relieve pressure w conscious exercise & taking small steps towards our goals.⠀⠀ ✨⠀ At a primal level, Mars & Saturn are the 2 planets that carry the responsibility for our physical survival; they have a heightened perception of danger & they take their protective roles v seriously. Their combined energy can generate logical, measured strategies to ensure our long-term safety & that of the vulnerable masses especially in an emergency. With the global economic situation & current health panic, the power of these planets could be v useful.⠀⠀ ✨⠀ But for much of the planet ‘logical measured strategies’ is storybook-land. This is not unique to the Covid19 crisis. However there is currently an extremely rare astrological combination (we’re talking once in hundreds of years) that has triggered primal fears & reactiveness that from my perspective are far more dangerous than Coronavirus.⠀⠀ ✨⠀ Embracing compassion for ourselves & others; NOT giving in to the collective trance of fear; staying centered, loving & creative are choices we can make any time, even right now. staying conscious is all the more powerful in the coming days as threats of force, restrictive regulations & dark political wranglings increase as protective agendas are delayed & thwarted, regardless of their moral correctness.⠀ ✨⠀ I hope you are healthy, safely sheltered & discovering gentle ways to navigate shifting circumstances. ⠀ 💙💙💙⠀

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A true story and memoir, this book tells us of a road trip the author took in 1960 along with his French poodle Charley. Steinbeck wanted to explore the identity of America and himself.

He wanted to travel - from Maine to California and back home to New York - to engage with fellow Americans, to know what they were talking about. The book details his experiences - both challenging and thoughtful - in a very engaging, sometimes playful manner.

This book is for you if you want to know what America was like decades ago, how it has changed or remained unchanged. It is also for you if you are a poodle fan!

Place featured: America

Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost

From Beijing and Shanghai to the Gobi desert and the hinterlands of Tibet, this book takes its readers on a rollercoaster ride.

Through his journey, Troost tells us that though we think we are familiar with China - with the dim sum or Yao Ming or cheongsam - the country remains an enigma, almost a different planet.

Troost bites into yak meat in Tibet, dodges dangerous rivers, and hikes up one of China's most sacred mountains - Tai Shan. Though he admits he is no expert on China, an honest account of his personal experiences makes this book a highly entertaining and interesting read.

Place featured: China

This article was first published in Wego.