Do you need a break from everything? Is work or studies claiming all your time, and would you love nothing else than to pack a suitcase and just jump on a plane to somewhere else?
I know I would love to do just that. Unfortunately, it’s not possible – at the moment. However, just because we may be stuck where we are, it doesn’t mean that we can’t go on an adventure anyway. The five fairy tales below will all lead you on journeys to foreign countries with unique cultures – and it wouldn’t take you more than your commute to work or part of your lunch break to go there!
So let’s all just forget about our ever-growing to-do lists for a moment and take a trip through Hans Christian Andersen’s imaginative worlds.
- The Travelling Companion
This fairy tale starts with death and sadness but has a happy ending! It shows just how much magic you can encounter when you go travelling, especially if you treat the people you meet on your journey (dead or alive) with kindness and respect. If fairies, living dolls, ghastly trolls, evil princesses and ghosts are your thing, this is definitely the fairy tale for you! The description of the princess’s unusual garden and the inside of a mountain cave makes this fairy tale well worth a read if you ask me!
- Soup from a Sausage Skewer
Want to learn how mice make soup from a sausage skewer? Three mice travelled to the far corners of the world in an attempt to learn this unique skill and now you can join in on their adventures! You will meet elves, dryads and a clever lady-owl, and the method of making this special soup is bound to give you an appreciated for the clever third mouse – even if she didn’t travel very far.
- Jack the Dullard
Though Jack doesn’t travel far, he certainly picks up some unique souvenirs on his trip to woo the princess. This short and funny fairy tale shows that you should never underestimate the power of crappy souvenirs! They might just win you the princess, especially if you travel in style!
- The Flying Trunk
A little fairy tale about a flying trunk, a wannabe Turkish angle and the importance of fire safety! If you have ever wished that your suitcase could take you wherever you wanted, no flight tickets needed, then you might just enjoy this fairy tale.
- The Little Mermaid
Last but certainly not least, we’ve got The Little Mermaid. If you’re thinking this fairy tale has a happily ever after ending like the one in the Disney movie, think again! The original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen is quite different from Disney’s version, so if you’ve never actually read the story, you should give it a go! It is a story about leaving your familiar world behind in order to experience another and very different world. Once you’ve read this story, you will never look at sea foam in quite the same way again…
I have linked to the English versions of the fairy tales in the titles, so you can read them for free. I would also love to hear which fairy tales about travelling are your favourites! Have I mentioned any of them above?