Mapping out happiness in the world: The Geography of Bliss


This is one of my all time favourite travel books that I’ve read. As you can see, the TOT logo is inspired by the cover of this book. Paper planes really represent wanderlust for me, and this map version was something that stuck in my head, so when it came down to picking out a logo for TOT, it was really a no-brainer. It’d been awhile since I’ve picked up the book as I gave my personal copy to a good friend (I hope you’ve read it TKL!) when she went abroad for work, but I’ve honestly never realized how ingrained the entire look was for me – even down to the dotted trails going through the letters.

Sorry Mr Weiner! Take it as a compliment that your book has had a real impact on me!

Anyway I picked up this book by chance – another friend asked me to pick it up for him from the local Kinokuniya, and the whole idea sounded very intriguing, so I ended up picking up a copy for myself.

The full title really says everything you need to know about the book:

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World

The book is an easy read – separated into chapters of the various locations that Weiner visits in his search to find which is the happiest place in the world, and why. It’s easy to stay with the series, especially if you’re someone like me who doesn’t have the time to read the book all at one go and usually reads from bus ride to bus ride. Weiner is also a pretty funny guy, interspersing more of his musings with funny liners or incidents, making a possibly dry treatise a rather interesting one.

Check out Eric Weiner’s website for more information about The Geography of Bliss, and his travel blog on worldhum.

You can purchase the book from, or if you’re Singaporean like me, why not head out to your local bookstore, or Open Trolley for those who prefer internet shopping.

On a side note, here is the website of the World database of Happiness.  Somehow you’d imagine it looking… happier?

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