I've had the travel bug on my mind lately! I'm planning a trip out to visit my friend, and another friend and I are trying to coordinate a bigger trip. It's all just making me want to jet set around the world, with a book in hand of course.
Sometimes books are enchanting enough that I want to experience more. Sometimes this is easy to do. I mean, Harry Potter has an entire world in Universal Studios in Orlando, FL (I've been, fantastic and awe-inspiring aren't adequate enough words, but it was amazing). For generations, readers have been setting off in search of their favorite literary destinations, but the modern era has certainly made this easier!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the most magical (ha!) experience. It has all the shops and experiences you remember from the books, plus a few rides that you absolutely must take for a spin! I loved every second I was here, and can't wait until I get the opportunity to go again.
Bilbo's Hobbit Hole in Hinuera, Matamata, North Island, New Zealand
If this isn't the most fantastic thing you've heard today, then you should probably keep reading. Fans of the books and the movies would enjoy touring the Shire! (I know I would). Touring the set of the LOTR movies is on my bucket list so badly, I think it's underlined 10 times. I would love, love, love this.
Juliet's House in Verona, Italy
Even for those who aren't passionate about the story of Romeo and Juliet can't deny that seeing this balcony in Verona would be really awe-inspiring. Some do see this as cheesy and an overdone attraction, but others take this as an opportunity to leave love letters. Either way, I don't think it's a spot to miss!
Orient Express from Istanbul to London
Taking the Orient Express while reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie would have me looking over my shoulder for a Hercule Poirot every five minutes. I do want to take this train ride, though! The exact route has changed a little from the original, but you can still experience the glamour of the stylish Orient Express today!
The Globe Theather in London, UK
There are so many literary tourist attractions in London (like please don't skip 221B Baker Street or my Sherlock Holmes soul my die), but you really can't miss out on the Globe Theater either. Home to all of the original Shakespeare performances, it has such a rich history in literature that it would be a shame to miss seeing it!
Green Gables House in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
You can actually visit the house that some say inspired the Anne of Green Gables story! If you're a fan of Anne and Gil, the Green Gables House is a must visit if you're ever in Canada. I know I'll be stopping by if I'm ever near PEI.
Jane Austen Centre in Bath, UK
And last, but certainly not least, if you're in the UK, pop on over to Bath and visit the Jane Austen Centre if you're a Jane Austen lover like me. All of the employees dress in period dress, there is a museum of things from Jane's time and they just know so much about her life, it's unreal. I had such a fabulous time when I visited. Bath itself is a great city, so don't miss out on what it has to offer!