Let’s chat about taking literary tours. Have you ever visited a location just because you read about it in a story? Share any bookish trips you would love to take someday.
The only travel I have done for any bookish reason is the trip Rose and I took to Portland for the Maybe Someday book party. It isn’t exactly literary tourism, though, but it was a bit of a last hurrah type of trip since I was already pregnant at that time. Sometimes I come across a book that takes place in San Francisco, or Sacramento, or Houston and I get excited because I know the areas being described. Not exactly tourism either since I’ve lived in/around those places.
There are some bookish locations I would love to visit. I would love to go to New Orleans and see some of the sights that are famous in many vampire novels. I’d love to visit the Gone with the Windmuseum in Atlanta that I’ve heard about. Of course there’s also the Outlander tours in Scotland that have to be absolutely amazing.
I think it would be fun to take a bookish trip with a group. Like a traveling book club or something, where you read the book together, go to the location (especially if it is something special or exotic) and discuss it while enjoying the sights. But for now I’ll stick with the virtual vacations should I choose to Google the locations mentioned in a current read.
I recently read this great article on Second Run Reviews by Dennis W. Green about a Harry Dresden-style visit to Chicago. And I thought, hey, that’s a great idea. Why not take a book you really enjoyed, and visit the sites your favorite characters have visited.
I agree with Julie. There are many literary locations I would really like to visit. New Orleans (from Wicked). And definitely Scotland from Outlander. I still have hopes of meeting my own Jamie, even if he is “modern”.
But let’s get real. What about Narnia? or Hogwarts? or The Shire? Reading fantasy has had a serious impact on my life. And I want to be able to visit these fictional locations, too. I guess for now I’ll have to stick with virtual travel. At least to the fictional locations!