The list author says: "For me, travel is more about the people and lifestyle than about the scenery and tourist attractions. I prefer to spend time (years if possible) in one place getting to know the locals and living their life. I like travel stories that give me a similar experience. These are books about living with people from different cultures and coming to understand their joys and frustrations, their hopes and fears."
"A young Australian woman goes to Paris for a few weeks and stays for life. She learns about fashion and dog training for people. She battles with bureaucracy to be allowed to stay and only gets noticed at parties because of her mistakes. In the end, Paris becomes home."
"Jamie was in Bhutan at the time of upheaval in 1990. She saw the daily life of native Bhutanese and their Southern Bhutanese (Nepali immigrants) overturned at a local level due to national political concerns."
"Tourists are shown a country of soaring mountains, colourful temples perched on mountainsides and warm and welcoming people. The author relates tales of interactions with the people over two years of living and working alongside them. He uncovers a much deeper personality of a country struggling to create an identity and maintain its independence."
"The author walks west from Shanghai towards Tibet, documenting his experiences and conversations along the way. His decades of living in China both get him out of a few scrapes and give him an insight into the thought behind the words."