Travel around the world with a man and his cat, discover how to be happy in different languages, and more.

The Globetrotter's Guide to Happiness by Kate Morgan

This coffee table book is described as a chance to learn from a tapestry of the world’s best philosophies on how to achieve happiness. From searching for ikigai (the meaning of life) in Japan to taking a fika (coffee break) in Sweden or the art of gezellig (cosiness) in the Netherlands, each of the 20 chapters have an overview of the philosophy with illustrations, tips on how to implement it into your everyday life and information on where you can travel to experience it. 

Nala's World: One Man, his Rescue Cat and a Bike Ride Around the Globe by Dean Nicholson

A heart-warming travelogue from a Scottish man who sets off on his bike from home to cycle around the world but and picks up an unexpected feline companion somewhere between Bosnia and Montenegro, three months into his trip. The unlikely pair became an Instagram sensation who went on to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity and the tale is about how a tabby cat opened his heart to the world and the people he met along the way.  

Black Narcissus. BBC One, December

This period drama is adapted from Rumer Godden’s novel of the same title. It’s a vivid and at times erotic tale following Sister Clodagh (played by Gemma Arterton) and the nuns of St. Faiths, who travel to Nepal in the 1930s to set up a base in a remote Himalayan outpost. Expect cinematography showing off snow-capped mountains (actually filmed in Jomsom Nepal), colourful Indian costumes and themes of sexual repression and forbidden love.

Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeve. BBC Two, Winter 2020/2021

Following his last travel series on Cornwall, which aired this Autumn and is on BBC iPlayer, the presenter has put together a series looking back at some of the most amazing places he’s visited in his career. From arctic glaciers to tropical reefs, the forests of Borneo to the deserts of central Asia, the series is billed as a personal one in which the viewer gets to discover what he’s learn on his travels.