Literary Destinations: Has a Book Ever Inspired You to Travel?

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will tour Canada this summer, and the newlyweds plan to spend two days on Prince Edward Island. Reportedly, this stop was added because the Anne of Green Gables series, which is set on the picturesque island, were Kate’s favorite books when she was growing up.

I love this story because it sounds like Kate is a girl after my own heart! I’ve wanted to go to PEI ever since I read the Anne of Green Gables books and watched the movie, which was filmed on island and is full of gorgeous scenery. I haven’t made it there yet, but this story got me thinking about how books have influenced some of my travels.

Last month, Jose and I finally made it to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. We had a blast walking through Hogsmeade and drinking butterbeer, but the real treat was seeing Hogwarts Castle recreated exactly as I had pictured it when reading the books.

Harry Potter also inspired a side trip to King’s Cross Station when we were in London. Here’s Platform 9 ¾:

Also in London, we stopped at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre:

When we were in Chicago last spring, I realized our hotel was only a few blocks from the Newberry Library. So, naturally, I had to go check out the workplace of Henry the time traveling librarian in The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Finally, when we visited the Louvre in Paris, we couldn’t resist trying to retrace Robert Langdon’s path through the museum in The Da Vinci Code.

So has a book ever inspired your travels (or future travels)? Maybe you made the trek to Forks, Washington after reading Twilight? Or have you always wanted to take a Jane Austen inspired trip through the English countryside? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Avidreader25

    Absolutely! I went to Bath because of Jane Austen’s books, the Algonquin Hotel because of the Round Table, Shakespeare and Company in Paris, City Lights Bookstore in San Fran and more. I love traveling to literary destinations.

    • Anonymous

      That’s awesome!  I hope to make it to Bath someday.  Oh, and you reminded me that I stopped at Shakespeare and Company in Paris.  I forgot to add that one to the list.


    Yes! I loved William Dalrymple’s City of Djinns: A Year in Dehli. When we were there we tried tracing one of his adventures to find an old, hidden Mughal-era tomb in the city… we’re not sure we found the right one, but it was really quite fun and a nice change from normal sightseeing!  Nora

    • Anonymous

      Nora – that sounds like quite an adventure! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Jose Alvarez

    We had also stopped by Shakespeare and Company in Paris when we were there, cool shop to find in the middle of the city of lights.

    I used to go to Maine every summer as a kid and I remember driving through towns mentioned in Stephen King’s books and thought that was cool.

  • Amie

    I’ve always wanted to go to PEI too :)