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Books, movies and music. There’s no better way to understand the culture, people and history of the countries you visit. Sarah Merchant gives you a list of what to read, see and watch before you travel


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Before You Travel To Belgium


Read These Books On Belgium

A Tall Man in a Low Land‘A Tall Man in a Low Land’ by Harry Pearson

‘The Factory of Facts’ by Luc Sante

‘The Sorrow of Belgium’ by Hugo Claus

‘Neither Here nor There’ by Bill Bryson


Watch These Films On Belgium

The Eight Hour‘Le Huitieme Jour’ (1996) by Van Dormael

‘In bruges’ (2008) by Martin McDonagh

‘Belgium, the Movie’ on YouTube



Listen To The Music Of Belgium

K's-ChoiceEnjoy the songs by the rock band K’s Choice

Any songs by Arno

Groove to the distinctive tunes of the band Via con Dios



Before You Travel To Austria


Read These Books On Austria

The litte book‘The Left-Handed Woman’ by Peter Handke

‘The Little Book’ by Selden Edwards

‘The Lonely Empress: Elizabeth of Austria’ by Joan Haslip



Watch These Films On Austria

The Illusionist ‘Before Sunrise’ (1995) by Richard Linklater

‘The Third Man’ (1949) by Carol Reed

‘The Illusionist’ (2006) by Neil Burger



Listen To The Music Of Austria

MozartAnything by Mozart

Appreciate the music of Schubert

‘Rock Me Amadeus’ by Falco




Before You Travel To Japan


Read These Books On Japan

The Japansese Miind ‘Kitchen’ by Banana Yoshimoto

‘Lost Japan’ by Alex Kerr

‘The Japanese Mind’ by Roger Davies


Watch These Films On Japan

Lost inTranslation‘Lost in Transition’ (2003) by Sofia Coppola

‘Tokyo Story’ (1953) by Yasujirō Ozu

Watch anything by Akira Kurosawa



 Listen To The Music Of Japan

YUIListen to the sounds of girl band Morning Musume

Dance to the tunes of the band Nightmare

Get charmed by the voice of YUI



Before You Travel To Indonesia


Read These Books On Indonesia

The year of living dangerously‘Saman’ by Ayu Utami

‘Indonesia: People and Histories’ by Jean Gelman Taylor

‘The Year of Living Dangerously’  by Christopher J Koch


Watch These Films On Indonesia

Eat Pray Love‘Arisan’ (2003) by Joko Anwar

‘Eat Pray Love’ (2010) by Ryan Murphy

‘Krakatoa, East of Java’ (1969) by Bernard L. Kowalski



Listen To The Music Of Indonesia

BAND PADIListen to music by Padi

‘Yang Terlupakan’ by Iwan Fals

‘Restoe Boemi’ by DEWA 19



Before You Travel To Maldives


Read These Books On Maldives

When the only colour is blue‘Mysticism in the Maldives’by Ali Hussain

‘On the Island’ by Tracey Garvis-Graves

‘When The Only Colour Is Blue’ by A.R. Coley



Watch These Films On Maldives

The Island President‘The Island President’ (2011) by Jon Shenk


Listen To The Music Of Maldives

Bodu BeruListen to songs by the rock legend Mezzo

Get enchanted by the beats of Bodu Beru(Big Drums) as they play traditional music

Any songs by the Dhivehi band Zero Degree Atoll


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Tall, lanky and slightly kookie in the head, Sarah Merchant loves travel, music, blogging, reading, talking (a lot) and history. Sarah has a flair for dramatics and dreams of clicking selfies in every part of the world. You can find her on Instagram @saarah030895

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