Many say reading is an escape from the stress of your everyday life. Books take you to fantastical places and ignite emotions within you, that some people can’t even do. What if you could bring the pages of your favorite book to life? Literature lovers, follow in the footsteps of your most-loved characters and see the real-life inspiration to those stories by booking one of these destinations for your next vacation.
Stieg Larsson’s Stockholm (Sweden)
Stieg Larsson is one of the best-selling authors of all time. Unfortunately, his most popular works were published posthumously. However, you can celebrate Larsson’s legacy by following in the footsteps of his characters, Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. The Stockholm City Museum runs a walking tour that takes you through the various areas the characters explored, such as Blomkvist’s favorite café to Salander’s favorite tattoo parlor.
Victor Hugo’s Paris (France)
Much of Victor Hugo’s writing was inspired by the destruction of the original facade of his city of Paris. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is no exception. He began writing the story to make others aware of the importance of the Gothic architecture that was being replaced by more contemporary buildings. Luckily, it worked and you can visit the Notre Dame cathedral, intact with its gothic architecture, today. Hugo’s home in the city has also been turned into a free museum.
Mark Twain’s Mississippi River (Missouri)
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and its direct sequel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” are a staple in any book lover’s library. Although the Mississippi River’s landscape has much changed since Twain wrote the books in the late 1800’s, the people and places surrounding the river are just as colorful. One can also visit Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri which was the inspiration of his fictional town of St. Petersburg.
James Joyce’s Dublin (Ireland)
James Joyce spent much of his life in Dublin. He wrote his arguably most famous work “Ulysses” there. The desk at which he made that literary phenomena is on display at the James Joyce Center in Dublin. Every year, on June 16, fans of “Ulyssess” dress in period costume and retrace the steps of Leopold Bloom.