Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

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Have you ever read a book and then wished that you could visit its story world, a period in history, or the country it’s set in? I know I have. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about those places that books have made you want to visit. I’m cheating (again) this week and only listing my top five places I’d love to visit thanks to books.

Regency England

Jane Austen’s books are amazing. They’re witty, have a host of unique characters, and are set inside what feels like the most amazing time period ever. Every time I read one of her books, I’m left wishing that I could go back in time to visit Regency England and dance at a ball, or ride in a carriage and maybe spend some time in Bath, or in a big country house. That would be amazing.

America

I’d love to visit America in any time period. So many great books are set there. I want to go and search for Mount Olympus on the 500th floor of the Empire State Building, experience a proper snowy winter, and visit some of the places that my favourite books have been set in. It might take me some time to get round the whole country though.

New Zealand

Well, I actually want to go and visit Middle Earth, but I think that New Zealand is the closest I’m going to be able to get. I’ll admit that this one is partly inspired by the Lord of the Rings movies as well, but I was interested in the books first, so it totally counts. I want to visit Hobbiton and see the world of Middle Earth. The food and drink from the Shire alone would be worth it.

The Future

I’d love to travel forward in time to when space travel is normal and there are robots and aliens, and strange planets Think of all the gadgets there would be to play with. I’m rather hoping that they have lightsabers in the future, but in a pinch I’d probably settle for a laser gun, or maybe a holographic computer.

Kerr

I’m cheating with this one I’m sure, but I am totally unashamed. Kerr is actually a country in one of my own books. But what writer wouldn’t want to visit her own creation? I want to see the song magicians, travel through the countryside, and experience the whole thing first hand. It would be totally awesome.

What bookish places would you like to travel to? Have you ever wished you could visit the world of your own story?

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16 comments

  1. I would love to go to America too. I have added several places in America on my list this week. The Future would be a pretty exciting place to go as well! :-) Great list!

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    1. So many of my favourite books are set in America. I couldn't pick a single place I wanted to visit. I need to see it all I think. Think someone'll pay for a several year trip to America for me?

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  2. These are all such great places, I could just imagine myself going to every one of them (except perhaps Kerr, but I don't think that can be held against me on account of I haven't heard tell of this distant land in my Internet travels). Although I do have to admit, I have a bit of a bias towards America—it is pretty great over here!

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    1. I won't hold Kerr against you. One day maybe, other people will get to read my book and want to go there (Eep. There's a scary thought.) It sounds pretty great in America. I'd love to see New York as a start, but there are so many other amazing places I want to see too.

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  3. Awesome list! I'd love to visit Regency England too.
    My TTT

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    1. It's such an amazing time period, isn't it? All the period dramas I've watches with the pretty dresses and the dancing have really helped with my love of Regency England. Plus England is such a cool place to start with.

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  4. I want to visit Middle Earth too! Soooo...I'll settle for New Zealand. xD Going to Hobbiton would just be amazing. I think my inner nerd would absolutely freak out. x) I'd also love to find Narnia. I mean, come on?! All the awesomeness of Mr. Tumnus and the Beavers? (I want that specific book in Narnia.) I'm up for sardines and cake. Just...um, not simultaneously.
    Here's my TTT!

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    1. That specific book in the Narnia series is the best in my opinion. Narnia would be a great place to visit. I have a friend who went to Hobbiton in New Zealand and oh my goodness I was jealous. All the hobbit holes! I wonder if there was hobbit food too...

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  5. Awesome choices! I just put Middle Earth but yeah, essentially New Zealand. The Shire sounds so wonderful that sometimes I almost feel like I'm homesick for it. ;)
    Jane Austen's novels are my favorites so I love your choice of Regency England too. :)
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    1. I love how you put that. The Shire is one of those places I think, that you can be homesick for without ever having been there. I'm sure I must secretly be a hobbit. I love my food enough! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. For whatever reason I assumed you were American!

    You should have Canada on your list so you can visit me :D

    I want to visit the nation of Lumaia from my own book for the same reasons as you!!

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    1. Most bloggers do seem to be from that part of the world. I'm from the crazy upside down Australia place. I think I used to say where I was from somewhere on my blog at one point, but the new design messed everything up. I totally should add Canada to my list. I'd love to travel round the world and visit all my international friends.

      Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to visit your own story world? It would probably be better to visit after the end of the story, or before it began, as it gets pretty hectic in there, doesn't it? Love your nation's name. Lumaia. Beautiful.

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  7. Yes! I want to go to Middle Earth as well - specifically Bag End. I'd just hole up and hang out there :)

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    1. A place full of books, food, sun and solitude? Sign me up. That's definitely my favourite part of the whole Shire. Thanks for commenting!

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  8. The future sounds like an interesting place to visit! I wish I could visit mount Olympus on the empire state building too! It would be so cool!

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    1. Don't you just love it when books are set in real life places, like the Empire State Building? It makes it so much more for to pretend that they're actually there.

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