10 Places I'd Love to Visit Because of Books

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

I was going to take a blogging break for a week or two but then decided I had to be around for this Top 10 because this is my kind of theme. I absolutely adore travel. Give me a plane ticket and give me a book and I'm happy forever.

2017 did not turn out to be a year of travel for me. Just in November of last year, I returned from a trip to South Korea. And then, nothing. Except the wonderful books I read that whisked me away to amazing countries that I hope to one day visit. (Well, 9 in the list are countries. 😊) Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is: Top 10 Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit:

New York City - City Love by Susane Colasanti: Let's start close to my home, shall we? I've been to the city quite a few times and have fallen in love with the lights, the skyscrapers, and the fast-pace of life there. It's magical and grungy and something in between. City Love is filled with disappointing instalove but it's also a love letter to New York City.

Austria - Wanderlost by Jen Malone: I love books that include international travel so I knew I'd love Wanderlost when I picked it up. And just as I thought, it was amazing! Plus, I got to visit some places I never even knew existed such as the filming locations to the movie, The Sound of Music. Did you know you can visit the actual gazebo the song, "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" was sang in? How cool!

France - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: If I didn't know I already wanted to go to France, Anna sold me a hundred times over. The characters walk the paths of several amazing sites in Paris and believe me, when I get there, I will be following in their footsteps.

Russia - Blood Promise by Richelle Mead: If I recall, there isn't much sightseeing in Blood Promise. However, the small details of the streets and the food was enough that I must put Russia on my travel bucket list.

England - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: I couldn't have a list about travel and not include this. I've been to Orlando's Universal Studios and have seen Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. However, it would be remarkable to see some of the real filming locations of the movies and the cafe where Rowling first put pen to paper.

Ireland - The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle: The Accident Season was not what I expected. However, Ireland with its gorgeous charm made me fall in love with the book.

Egypt - Reawakened by Colleen Houck: More books need to be set in Egypt because amazing! There's just something about the history of secret tombs, mummies, and deadly curses.

Belize - Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard: One of the most unique and inspiring travel YA books is Wanderlove. The hardships and obstacles are balanced with the protagonist's positive perspective and inspirational occurrences. It depicts the most realistic travel account that I've ever read in fiction.

Scotland - Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor: Marketed as an Outlander for teens, Into the Dim is so much more than that. It goes beyond the time travel and takes readers on a journey through beautiful Scotland.

Italy - Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: I went into this book expecting a travel romance. What I got was a mystery, an adventure in the past, and a quest in finding oneself. Like this book points out, there are two things that tourists hope to find on their vacation to Italy: love and gelato. However, Italy offers so much more than that.

Get your passport and pack some suitcases! Where are you traveling to?

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  1. This is such a great list!! I totally agree about Wanderlove. I actually went to Salzburg for the first time over the summer when my university choir stopped there as one of the stops in our choir tour! It's easily one of my favorite places I've been. I also love Paris, NYC, and Ireland. Even though I've been to the UK a million times, I've never made it to any of the Harry Potter filming locations! That's a huge bucket list item for me, for sure. And Wanderlove made me want to visit so much more of Central America!

  2. Wonderful list!! I'd love to visit a number of these places as well!

    My Top 10 Tuesday

  3. I love your blog's aesthetic so much!!! The header and all of your Instagram pictures look GOOD!!! Also, your picks for this week are so good! Wanderlost's Austria sounds fantastic. LOL I just erased that book from my Goodreads shelf when I did a clean-out. I'm trying not to go add it back up. :D LOVELY post!

    My TTT: https://bookslikewolves.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2017/12/05/Top-Ten-Bookish-Settings-I%E2%80%99d-Love-To-Visit

  4. Lots of fun ideas of places to travel to! That's the only problem though, the more places I go, the more I want to go to, it never ends.

  5. YES to all of these places! I especially want to see Russia because that’s where my family is from. Great list!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. I live in Scotland and can definitely say it's worth a visit! Plan your trip around Christmas time if you come because the Edinburgh Christmas market is amazing.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/top-ten-tuesday-136/

  7. Yes to all of these places! I'd love to eventually travel to some of my favorite book settings. I think the place I'd most like to visit is England -- Harry Potter definitely had a huge role in that desire!

    I hope you get the chance to visit these places!

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!