There are many reasons to travel like a birthday, anniversary, graduation or a much needed family getaway. But have you ever thought about escaping to one of your favorite literary destinations? I’m talking about a place mentioned in your favorite book – whether it’s one you spent the day reading as a child or a quick read as an adult. It could be the rolling hills on Prince Edward Island where author Lucy Maud Montgomery was inspired to write “Anne of Green Gables” or the cobblestone streets of London to see the old-world places as authors Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf saw them. Read on to learn about intriguing literary travel destinations around the world.
Authors from Virginia Woolf to Charles Dickens have stories rooted in this vibrant city. London itself evokes thoughts of old-world England, cobblestone streets, and a city full of charm. But perhaps one of the most famous stories from London is that of Sherlock Holmes and the intellectual Dr. Watson. Visit their famous detective agency at 221B Baker Street in London, which hosts a museum for fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detectives. In fact, VisitLondon.com lists several itineraries for Sherlock Holmes fans that include a visit to The Sherlock Holmes Pub and a murder mystery at Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes.
Sweden is home to one of the most adored red headed, freckle faced little girls in literature – Pippi Longstocking (Långstrump in Swedish). Pippi is known for her confident and tomboyish attitude, her pet horse, her best friend (who just so happens to be a monkey), wild adventures and a vivid imagination. The story of Pippi was written by Astrid Lindgren in 1945 and today you can visit Pippi at Astrid Lindgren’s World in Vimmerby, Sweden.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Eleven years after author John Kennedy Toole’s death, “A Confederacy of Dunces” was published through the efforts of fellow writer Walker Percy and Toole’s mother. His novel earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction . Any part of The French Quarter in New Orleans can easily be the backdrop to the colorful antics of the main character Ignatius J. Reilly. New Orleans celebrates the Pulitzer-winning novel that calls its city home with a life-sized statue of Ignatius that can be found in front of the former D.H. Holmes Department Store.
Looking for literary inspiration? Look no further than The Writers’ Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland. The museum celebrates the lives of three famous Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. See the printing press on which Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly Novels were first produced as well as several first edition novels and manuscripts. Whether you are a bookworm or not The Writers’ Museum has an awe inspiring collection worth exploring.
La Mancha, Spain
Follow in the valiant footsteps of Don Quixote as he travels through La Mancha, Spain defending the helpless and destroying evil. Written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in the 17th century, Saavedra never identifies more than a few of the towns that Don Quixote’s adventures take him to, leaving readers to explore the whole of La Mancha, Spain for themselves.
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Author Lucy Maud Montgomery was inspired by her family’s home when writing the classic story “Anne of Green Gables”. You can visit the inspirational home today which has been converted to a Museum open to the public. The Anne of Green Gables Museum is run by descendents of Lucy Maud Montgomery and perfectly captures the wonder that inspired L.M. Montgomery so many years ago.