Book Inspired Destinations

Have you read a book and said


“I’ve got to go there?”

This is what we asked our Facebook Friends

for this month’s themed travelling tales.

What authors have inspired you to dream of visiting a faraway place?

Gavin Maxwell ~ Scotland

Jean Doorn

One day in the month of May I will walk with a rucksack from Inverness to Sandaig (Scotland). Accompanied with rain, wind and sun. Some places are more special than others. The most special #dream #travel destination for me is Gavin Maxwell’s (1914-1969) ‘Bay of Alder’ in Scotland.

Photo by Anita Evans

It’s the remote place where he lived for almost 20 years. The place where he wrote his books, took care of his otters, planned his travels and licked his new wounds. At the end of the journey I’ll find Edal’s monument at Camusfearna. It’s the exact place where once Gavin’s writing table stood. The house was burnt to the ground in January 1968 and Otter ‘Edal’ perished in the fire.

Photo by Anita Evans

[Editor’s note: The rock visible on the right is Edal’s monument

Daphne du Maurier and Rosamunde Pilcher ~ Cornwall, England

Desolie Page

Daphne du Maurier and Rosamunde Pilcher resonated with me, even as a teenager, wtih their tales of Cornwall. It took me many years to get there, but I felt the same sense of excitement Rosemunde Pilcher described as I crossed Brunel’s bridge over the Tamar River.

I think I have everything both ladies have written about Cornwall, as well as heaps of other novels set in that beautiful, wild corner of the world. Needless to say, it’s on my list of ‘must re-visit’ places – and I’m glued to everything on TV that’s remotely connected with Cornwall.

Photo by Emily Barney

Arthur Golden ~ Gion, Japan

‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ inspired me to visit Gion and it was just as exquisite as the book described it.

Photo by Dave and Melody

Isabel Allende and Pablo Neruda ~ Valparaiso, Chile

Isabel Allende and Pablo Neruda make me want to visit Valparaiso so I’m really looking forward to doing that later this year.
Photo by Davidlohr Bueso

Anne Frank ~ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sally Foley-Lewis

Inspired Book: Mine first and most memorable might be a little different. No other book has ever moved me more to see a place than reading The Diary of Anne Frank. I was living in Germany and stumbled upon a bookstore that had a decent English language section. TDofAF was one of 4 books I bought that day. I read the book, couldn’t put it down…. and for years I’d wanted to see where she lived. It’s took about 10ish years, and a second visit to Amsterdam but in 2009 I finally got to see where she lived.

Photo by Shooting Chris

[Editor’s note: The darker brown house on the right is Anne Frank’s

Alexander McCall-Smith ~ Botswana, Africa

Sally Foley-Lewis

Alexander McCall-Smith’s many books of Mme Ramotswe’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency set in Africa has always been a good read that takes me to African plains,

Photo by Sean Murphy

smelling smoke of camp fires,
watching animals roam,
gorgeous warm sunsets…

Photo by Sean Murphy

Ah…one day!

Carlos Ruiz Zafón ~ Barcelona, Spain

Annie Payne

‘The Shadow of the Wind’ led to a trip to Barcelona, where my son, his fiancee and I followed the map in the back of the book, exploring the various places mentioned in the book, culminating at the fun fair on the top of Tibidabo.

Photo by soSickboy

Beatrix Potter ~ Lake District, England

Linda Fairbairn

I loved Beatrix Potter’s watercolour illustrations when the books were read to me as a child, and I appreciated them even more when reading those same tales to my children – ‘The Tale of the Roly Poly Pudding’ (Samuel Whiskers) being my favourite.

Delicious… a Tom Kitten roly poly pudding for dinner

It was a thrill to visit her house in the Lake District, to see the beautiful early oak furniture that featured in her paintings, original William Morris wallpaper in her bedroom and walk in ‘Mr McGregor’s’ garden where Peter Rabbit lost his jacket and caught cold!
I then stood and had my photo taken in her porch, in the exact same spot as the photo of her below.



What book have you read that’s inspired you to want to travel there?

Do share in the comments below 🙂

9 thoughts on “Book Inspired Destinations

  1. What a cool idea for a post!

    For me, the book would be “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova. The book is part historical fiction, part travelogue, and part horror-fantasty (it’s written on the premise that Dracula is real, and still alive).

    The story is set is Europe, with the main characters traveling everywhere from London to Turkey to Croatia to Romania. This book has made me yearn to explore Eastern Europe. And someday I hope to!

    • Eastern Europe ~ a great backdrop to a novel and an inspiring place to visit 🙂

      I’ll have to ask you – which came first? Your love of NZ or J.R.R. Tolkien’s “It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might get swept off to.” ?

    • Yes, I have to say I’ve already ordered ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ from the library LOL
      Thanks for contributing ~ It’s the input that makes the post such fun 🙂

    • Three beautiful areas of Europe, and an uplifting period of Mary Shelley’s life, sounds like a fun combination for retracing her nomadic footsteps.

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