Literature lovers have the chance to explore book settings across Asia with new itineraries available through Insight Guides. Where might your literary-inspired travels take you? Here are five designations Insight Guides recommends for literary inspiration in Asia.
In southwest India, Kerala is the setting of the award-winning The God of Small Things. While some of the places in the book are fictional, others are based on real locations near Kottayam. Insight Guides takes travelers through Kerala on its Magical Kerala itinerary, during which guests enjoy visits to spice plantations, observing the local wildlife and floating past vibrant green shores on a rice barge.
If you have a love for food that’s only surpassed by your loves for literature and travel, then you might want to visit Hanoi after reading The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb. While the book follows a soup seller and chronicles Hanoi street food in a way that’ll make your mouth water, you can see it all up close and personal with a Vietnam Culinary Discovery trip from Insight Guides.
The novel Soul Mountain is only partially autobiographical, but its depictions of rural China are spot on, fiction or not. Read the book and follow the narrator’s travels from Beijing into the rural provinces of China, and then follow in his footsteps, hitting major Chinese destinations on the way, such as Shanghai and Xi’an.
Whether you’ve read The Beach by Alex Garland or just watched the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, you’ll still enjoy a trip to Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi in Thailand. The beach wasn’t always this pristine, though. The book and movie at one point made it so popular it was overcrowded and had to be closed for a period to protect the environment.
Lastly, music and book lovers alike will enjoy reading A House in Bali by Colin McPhee and then visiting Bali to see how the history of the destination intersects with its music.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
Cable is so expensive, sometimes it is easier to just pay monthly for subscription services like Hulu and Netflix. Some TVs come with those applications already installed, but, if not ,you have to use your laptop and a HDMI cord, which takes a while to set up. Instead, get an Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Live in the eastern half of the United States? You can get fresh meals sourced from New England farms from Azuluna. The healthy meal service provider was founded by a group of Connecticut-based farmers, chefs and nutritionists, with an aim to provide New England locals with well-balanced entrees and side dishes that support New England farms. Now, the business has expanded beyond New England.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Game of Thrones was one of the most popular shows of the decade, and the series always had fans talking and speculating on what might happen next. Over the years the show has shown off some of the most beautiful and interesting places across the world. We created a guide for travelers who wish to visit some of the locations where the show filmed.