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One of the hardest parts of the lockdown is not being able to travel, and whilst we're all now appreciating the smaller things in life since being at home, we still keenly feel that we need a change of scenery. Although we can't hop on a plane or a train at the moment, we can still be inspired by travel in many other ways, from immersive television programmes to mouthwatering cookbooks...
BY Emma Hookway
Luxtripper Travel Editor

Check out our top selection of books, programmes and films so that you can travel from home!

Asia

Asia is vast, spanning multiple time zones, countries and cultures! It should come as no surprise that Japan features heavily this year, what with the now-postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics! Here's how you can explore this diverse continent straight from your living room:

What to Watch?

Street Food: Asia - aired on Netflix, your senses will go wild as you're taken on a journey from Bangkok to Osaka, meeting renowned street food chefs who create mouthwatering, culinary masterpieces.

Joanna Lumley's Japan - released on ITV, explore Japan from your living room with the divine Joanna Lumley as she travels a journey of 2,000 miles, uncovering Japan's rich culture and history. 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel head to the beautiful city of Jaipur as you follow the adventures of seven British retirees as they seek to settle down in India at a decrepit hotel.

What to Read? 

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami as the traditional romance between Tsukiko and her old teacher blossoms, you'll fall in love with Tokyo and the capital's rich variety of food told through the lyrical prose!

The Beach by Alex Garland - re-live your backpacking years and head to Thailand as the character Richard discovers an idyllic beach on an untouched island, and becomes part of the unique society that has formed there. 

Africa

Africa encompasses arid deserts, sweeping savannahs, steaming rainforests and breathtaking beaches, and is a continent of sheer natural wonder. Here's how you can discover Africa in lockdown:

What to Watch?

The Lion King an all-time favourite, this heartwarming Disney film will take you into the heart of Africa's wildlife, in a story that unveils Simba's growth and courage as he returns to Pride Rock to overthrown the tyrannical Scar. 

Black Panther - set in the fictional African country Wakanda, this epic Marvel superhero film depicts the tribulations of Prince T'Challa as he returns to his country to assume the throne. 

&Beyond's WILDwatch Liveyou can literally experience your own African safari from home with &Beyond's incredible live sunrise and sunset safaris, which can be viewed on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube! 

What to Read? 

Walking the Nile by Levison Woodembark on an adventure like no other as the avid adventurer Levison Wood walks from the source of the Nile to the Mediterranean Sea, crossing through numerous countries and incredible landscapes.

A Bend in the River by V.S Naipaul - set in post-colonial Africa, the merchant Salim moves from his home society of Indian traders on the east coast to the heart of Africa, where he becomes a part of the changes sweeping through Africa during this tumultuous period. 

Oceania

Largely comprised of water, Oceania is home to the island paradises of the Pacific (think Bora Bora, Tahiti and Fiji), as well as the paradises Australia and New Zealand. Here's how you can explore:  

What to Watch?

Australiaset in the harsh outback of northern Australia in the 1930s, this epic tale follows a wealthy Englishwoman's arrival in Australia and the ensuing romance between her and a cattle drover employed by her now-deceased husband.

Moana - this beautiful Disney animation film takes place on the Polynesian island of Motunui and follows the journey of the chief's daughter, Moana, as she crosses the ocean to find the demigod Maui to restore Te Fiti's heart.  

The Lord of the Ringsyou can go on a Middle Earth movie marathon as you watch Frodo's quest to destroy the One Ring, all whilst admiring the simply breathtaking New Zealand scenery. 

What to Read?

In the South Seas by Robert Louis Stevenson - this fascinating book charts Robert Louis's Stevenson's voyage to the Pacific Islands in 1888 as he describes the unique cultures and beautiful island landscapes that he encounters there.

Breath by Tim Winton - set in Western Australia, this is a novel with surfing at its heart, following the character Bruce Pike and his obsession for the ocean and danger.  

The Middle East

The Middle East is a region of ancient wonders, desert beauty and exotic splendour, its bright bazaars and starlit skies like something out of this world. Here's how you can explore:  

What to Watch?

Aladdin - this classic Disney film tells the story of the street urchin Aladdin as he befriends and falls in love with the princess Jasmine, whilst also encountering the Genie who grants Aladdin three wishes. 

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - with scenes filmed in Jordan, this action-packed film sees Indiana Jones team up with his father in a race against time to protect the Holy Grail from the Nazis.

Arabia With Levison Wood - in this immersive series we see the award-winning author, explorer and photographer Levison Wood travel across the tumultuous Middle East, discovering unique cultures and breathtaking landscapes.

What to Read?

One Thousand and One Nights - this much-loved collection of Middle Eastern folk tales compiled during the Islamic Golden Age features iconic stories such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye - this heartwarming story follows the character Aref Al-Amri who is due to move to Michigan with his family but doesn't want to leave Oman; he subsequently goes on a series of adventures in Oman, including camping in the desert and fishing in the Gulf of Oman. 

North America

North America is dominated by the United States and Canada, covering 79% of the whole continent, with landscapes spanning from the Arctic to the tropics of the Caribbean Sea. 

What to Watch?

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - An ode to Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino's visual masterpiece shows us the Golden Age of Hollywood as its drawing to its end, following the Hollywood actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth. 

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father in Season 3 of this much-watched Netflix series, we see popular comedian Jack Whitehall and his father travel across the American west, visiting places such as LA and Las Vegas.

Breaking Bad - for breathtaking desert landscapes, this popular series set in New Mexico's Albuquerque follows the chemistry teacher's struggle with cancer as he 'breaks bad' and begins a drug empire to fund his treatment. 

What to Read?

The Collected Stories of John Cheever - this collection of short stories brilliantly captures American life in the New York suburbs, his characters always teetering on the edge of reaching the American dream, 

Deep South by Paul Theroux - this fascinating book takes us on a journey through America's 'Deep South', traversing through rural highways to discover the real people of this unique and often misunderstood region. 

Central America and the Caribbean

Central America and the Caribbean is loud with music and colour, the reggae spirit, laid-back Creole culture uplifting to all travellers who pass through. Get ready to explore from your home:

What to Watch?

Pirates of the Caribbeanfollowing the antics of the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow, this popular series of Disney films charts the rivalries in the Caribbean between notorious pirate factions and the unwavering British naval forces.

Joanna Lumley's Hidden Caribbean: Havana to Haitigoing off the beaten track, Joanna Lumley returns on ITV to uncover the hidden gems of Cuba and Haiti and to chart their enigmatic cultures. 

What to Read?

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - an anti-colonial response to Jane Eyre, this famous novel set in the Caribbean gives a voice to Mr Rochester's 'mad wife' and charts her life in the Caribbean before she moves to England. 

The Jaguar Smile by Salman Rushdie - this non-fiction book details Salman Rushdie's visit to Nicaragua, in which he details his immersive travel experiences, from encounters with the native wildlife to meetings with local people. 

South America

Spanning tropical rainforests and sub-polar glaciers, South America is an amalgamation of ancient civilisations, colonial cities and untouched natural landscapes. Get ready to explore: 

What to Watch?

Our Planet - although not exclusively set in South America, this visually astounding nature documentary series on Netflix and narrated by David Attenborough uncovers the magnificent wildlife of South America like never seen before. 

Narcos set during the 1980s, this thrilling Netflix series is based on the infamous Pablo Escobar and chronicles the rise of the illegal cocaine trade in Colombia. 

Riothis bright and colourful animated film is set in the vibrant Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and tells the story of two macaws who fall in love and have to escape being smuggled.

What to Read?

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle - this little-known science fiction novel takes place in the Amazon basin, following an expedition to discover surviving prehistoric animals.

Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge by John Gimlette - this book seeks to cast a light on South America's least explored countries: Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, travelling to remote villages, impenetrable jungle and wild coastlines. 

Europe

Despite its size, Europe has a wealth of greatly varying cultures and landscapes, from the sublime fjords of Norway to the topaz waters of Greece. Sit back and get ready to explore Europe in your imagination: 

What to Watch?

Mamma Mia! - whether you love it or hate it, Mamma Mia! is undoubtedly the best summer feel-good film, its upbeat music and beautiful Greek scenery will you have you singing and dancing all night long. 

The Italian Job - in this classic we see the iconic convoy of Mini Coopers as they carry out the gold heist and steal away into the Italian Alps; the literal cliffhanger at the end of the film is one surely to be remembered!

The Durrells - Based on George Durrell's much-loved book My Family and Other Animals, this easygoing ITV series follows the life of the Durrells as they move to Corfu in the 1930s and establish a life there.

What to Read?

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald - this lyrical novel set in the south of France in the 1920s follows the elegant and wealthy Diver couple as they rent a beautiful villa and attract a group of admirers. 

The Island by Ana Maria Matute - set at the dawn of the Spanish Civil War over the course of a summer, this novel follows the life of the disobedient teenager Matia as she's sent to live on Mallorca with her grandmother. 

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