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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