Have you ever wondered what it’s like to ride on a dog sled in the arctic? Or dance the Flamenco is Spain? There are so many places to wonder about in this great big world, and there are lots ways to experience them without traveling far, far away.

In Around the World in 80 Days the author, Jules Verne, takes readers on an action-packed adventure across the globe. Books are a wonderful resource for transporting you to anywhere in the world, without even leaving your home town! A visit to your local library might lead to floating on a gondola in Venice or embarking on an African safari. Whatever region, country, or culture you’re interested in, there are plenty of books that can take you there using text and images to describe sights, sounds, and smells. All you have to supply is your imagination!

How else can you explore new places without taking a trip? Have you ever eaten an Indian samosa? Or how about schnitzel from Germany? Sampling cuisine that is native to a specific region is a great way to experience someplace new. You could visit a restaurant that specializes in Indian, Ethiopian, French, or Greek cuisine; or you could find recipes online for making different meals at home. Just keep an open mind ¾ some foods that seem strange to you are quite normal in other regions of the world.

Another way to transport to a different place is by listening to music. In addition to books, your library also has music CDs to borrow. Ask a librarian for help in finding music from Japan, Ireland, or Brazil. Or go online and listen to streaming world music on sites like National Geographic Music, where there is music from many cultures and regions of the world to sample.

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  1. You can definitely travel around the world without leaving your home! You can dress in costumes from other parts of the world and feel like you are a part of their culture. I remember when I was in Disney World and went to Epcot. I was in one place, but I felt like I was able to travel to many different countries by tasting their food.

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When was the last time you and your child took a tour of the Pyramids or peeked over the edge of the Great Wall of China? How long has it been since you moon-walked on the moon or took a swim to the bottom of the ocean floor?

Reading travel books, guides and magazines together is a great way to introduce your little explorer to new worlds and cultures beyond their door without ever leaving home.

Open a book, begin an adventure. Run with the bulls in Pamplona. Find out why the leaning tower of Pisa leans. Take a drive along historic Route 66. Sip from the world’s largest chocolate waterfall in Anchorage, Alaska.

Turn your sofa into a plane, a train, a boat or a rocket ship. Imagination is your road map and reading is your first-class ticket to anywhere. No passport required.

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When you return from your trip, why not send a post card to Wonderopolis telling us where you’ve been and what you’ve seen on your travels? We’d love to hear from you!

The Postcard Creator activity at our partner site ReadWriteThink makes it easy to share your adventure and is also a great way to sharpen letter-writing skills. We’ll keep an eye on the wondermailbox!

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