Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is the top 10 places we want to visit because of books. And luckily for me, fictional places count too!

Without further ado, my 10 top book-related destinations:

1) The Scottish Highlands, thanks to the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.


2) Paris, because of SO many books — most recently Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. (I’ve actually spent time in Paris, but I’d go again in a heartbeat!)


3) Amsterdam, thanks to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.


4) Japan, thanks to Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden


5) Botswana, thanks to The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith


6) Australia, thanks to The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough


7) Italian Riviera, thanks to Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

Manarola at Dusk, Cinque Terre, Italy

8) New Orleans, because of every Anne Rice book I’ve ever read.


Honestly, there are so many real-world places I’d love to visit, and every time I read a book with a new or different setting, the list just gets longer and longer. I’d happily travel the world, books in hand, for the rest of my life!

To round out my top 10, I’ll just add in a couple of the fantasy worlds I wish I could get to… but alas, they only exist in fiction.

9 & 10 & beyond — the many lands of Middle-Earth:

Someone please figure out how I can get to Hobbiton (I’m short enough to fit comfortably):




and Lothlorien:


And that’s not even mentioning Narnia, Fillory, Westeros (well, no, too dangerous), and so many other favorite fantasy worlds.

Where will your bookish travel bug take you?

Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

  1. Oh my gosh, I should have totally included Botswana. I would love to go there!

    I also would love to go to the Scottish Highlands, but I listed it for different books. I’ve never read Outlander. It seems like a beautiful place though.

  2. Scotland is so amazingly beautiful and it’s incredible how you can picture so much of Outlander out in the Highlands. It has, of course, changed over the centuries, but to an American eye, it still felt so untouched by the modern world that it felt like stepping into the setting of the book. Still can’t believe I was so lucky to be able to go once & would love to go again 🙂 The show has had me itching for sure! At least I have my re-read to keep my company!

  3. I love your list! You’ve chosen such beautiful images for each selection. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could visit Lothlorien? *sigh* And yes I agree, as much as I love A Song of Ice and Fire, Westeros would never make my list. I know what goes on there.

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