All my life, I’ve been a couch potato. I’d skip the evening play time, miss the parties, bluff studying even with exams round the corner; okay well, I am not so proud of the things I didn’t do. But the reason why I did this makes me immensely happy! All those times, I was lost in the world of books! I’ve been a reader, someone who can just survive on books; someone who wants to live their favourite book, someone who believes their life will be exactly like the book of their beloved character; a book-sniffer in an old books store!
And one of the deepest fantasies of mine is to have a vacation to the central location of my favourite book! The worst part is; I can’t pick one favourite!
Are you like me? Do you prefer books over people? Do you dream of having a literary vacation at least once in your life? Here’s something you’d like; 11 mind-blowing vacations for book lovers:
1. Midlands of England- The Journey Of Jane Eyre
This book is one my favourite go-to whenever I crave for a seamlessly flowing tale that unfurls moral and spiritual journey of Jane Eyre. The book revolves around Thornfield Hall which is the home of romantic lead of the book- Edward Rochester.
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The Thornfield Hall is loosely based on the country houses of Derbyshire, East Midlands of England. Travel to Midlands of England and revisit the epic novel! The Haddon hall at Bakewell was also used in the screen adaption of Jane Eyre.
2. Cornwall, England- In The Time Of Malory Towers
Perhaps one of the first series of books that I was literally glued to, Malory Towers was everything a girl wanted to read in her pre-teens! The Cornish sea, the farm picnics and an eventful life at the boarding school; Malory Towers was a winner!
The fictional school of the book was set along the Cornish Sea which is insanely stunning and yes, it would be fun being in the world of Darrell and Sally!
3. Key West, Florida, USA- Home of Ernest Hemmingway
A master of Short stories, Hemmingway has the power to brighten up my worst of my days! Be it The snows of Kilimanjaro, To Have And Have Not or The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber; Ernest Hemmingway presented us with timeless classics.
And his home in Key West was where he wrote these classics! A museum today, you can visit the home and gardens and also observe the descendants of Hemingway’s cats!
4. Forests of India- The Jungle Of The Jungle Book
Written by a father for his daughter, The Jungle Book is a collection of short stories that impeccably describe the morals of life through life in a jungle. The author Rudyard Kipling was born in India which is why, the Jungle Book is based around Indian Forests. The main protagonists have quintessentially Indian names like Mowgli, Akela and Shere Khan.
Take a tour of the verdant and mystic forests of India and imagine living life of Mowgli!
5. Forks, Washington, USA- The Twilight Series
A vampire-themed fantasy novel written by Stephanie Meyer that revolves around a teenager Isabella who is in love with a 104-year old vampire Edward is one of the most popular books in the 21st century.
Based in Forks, the Twilight fans can take a tour of the places featured in the book like the Cullen House, Fork’s High School and also has click a picture with the replica of Bella’s truck!
6. Bath, England-For the Sense and Sensibility
One of the most widely read writers of English Literature; Jane Austen is one of my favourite writers! Her prickly realism, witty irony and fantastic plots are reflected in her books like Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
The Jane Austen Visitor centre is a petite museum that chronicles the life of Austen and is set in a typical Georgian townhouse. The centre focuses on Austen’s time in Bath and the influence it had on her writing!
7. New York- Catcher in the Rye
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I admit reading this book when it was banned for me by my Mom and it was worth breaking the rules! May be the little rebellious nature that I have today is somehow influenced by this book and why not! Holden Caulfield, the main character is one of the best literary examples of a teenage rebellion and the book describes the less spoken issues of identity crisis, feeling of belonging and loss.
And with Catcher in the Rye, I felt like I travelled to the Rockefeller centre, the Central Park, Grand Central Terminal and Museum of Natural history! How cool it would be to actually have a vacation on this theme!
8. Saint Petersburg, Russia- The Best of Symbolism
Considered as the first greatest novel of the mature period of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment orbits around the life of Raskolnikov who lives in Saint Petersburg. Developing string characters with complex personalities, the book keeps us hooked with the anguish and dilemmas of its protagonist who tries to counterbalance crime with good deeds. The character compares itself to Napolean Bonaparte and is one of the best picks if you like symbolism.
The story unfolds in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg and a fan of the book should visit the city to experience the book in a deeper sense!
9. Edinburgh, UK- The City of Literature
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A member of UNESCO creative cities, Edinburgh is in true sense, a city of literature. The city of Edinburgh features plenty of libraries, book shops, live events and also organises literary itineraries and special tours like ‘The Edinburgh Book Lover’s tour, ‘The Potter Trail’ and storytelling tours.
Right from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to J.K Rowling, Edinburgh has gifted the world with incredible writers and deserves to be on every book lover’s itinerary!
10. Stratford-upon-Avon, England- Eternal Love For Shakespeare
The birth place of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon is a Mecca for Shakespeare fans. Visit the birthplace and home of the literary polymath, take a tour of Anna Hathaway’s (wife of Shakespeare) home and pay your homage to the late playwright at Holy Trinity Church where he was buried.
The town in itself is a Shakespearean experience!
11. Paris And Moscow- For War and Peace
To begin with, this one is my personal favourite! War and Peace was a tedious read! So many characters to start with, so many details to remember and so much realism to comprehend, Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace is more than just a book; it’s a chronicle! The book principally describes the turmoil faced by five aristocratic families of Russia during the time of French Invasion of the country by Napoleon Bonaparte. Unfolding strong characters, strategically written turn of events and terrific research, War and Peace occupies the mind of the readers of a long time!
The book had a tremendous impact on me and put both Paris and Moscow on my travel bucket list. The book juggles between the two cities, Moscow being the spot of the plot and Paris being the home of Napoleon Bonaparte, the man who created history!
While one my travel wishes came true and I could take a dream vacation to Paris, Moscow still lingers on my mind to be the next!
Check out my experience of Paris: Rise and Shine Paris: We Love you!
Where would you travel to? Is your favourite book missing in the list?
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