Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
I’ve always loved travelling. When I was little, it was my dream to see the world. And now I am a part of that adult world, it is still my dream, except now I’m also more aware of the difficulties coming with that dream. Such as money and time. Though I consider myself lucky and have been able to travel to some nice locations already, there are still sooo many travel destinations I want to get to. Luckily there are books, which help you travel the world from the comfort of your couch. And sometimes, they even fire up that travelbug inside of you.
These are ten travel destinations that books helped put on my travel bucketlist (or at least confirmed their spot on my bucketlist even further). For those of you who actually have the opportunity of visiting these places, I suggest to always be covered with expat insurance, we know traveling is fun but it is always better to take precautions.
The Fault in our Stars – Amsterdam
Come on, Amsterdam is only like a 2 hour trainride away from where I live. I have no excuse not to have already visted Amsterdam. And The Fault in Our Stars made me want to go there even more. I want to visit the Rijksmuseum, The Anne Frank House, I want to walk by the canals and see THE bench. Check out this fun post for the locations from the film.
Anna and the French Kiss – Paris
Okay, I actually already visited Paris on a school trip in high school once. But that was 15 years ago (yes, I am that old already). I want to see it again. And Anna and the French Kiss made me put it back on my list for a second visit. Notable bookish locations I want to (re)visit: the Notre Dame, the Louvre, Point Zero (because this is such a cute moment in the books), Shakespeare and Company (because books)and the Eiffel Tower (because duh). Check out this fun post for an Anna and the French Kiss tour of Paris.
Isla and the Happily Ever After – Barcelona
There are several great locations in this book, and New York is definitely also on my bucket list, but even higher on my bucket list is Barcelona. It sounds like an amazing city and I really want to see Parc Guell and the Sagrada Familia at the very least. (Fun fact: I was lucky enough to get to go to Barcelona for a work trip a few years ago. But it was just two days, which were jam-packed with work and I basically saw nothing of Barcelona itself. So yes, it is still on my bucketlist)
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants – Santorini
I read these books years ago and was addicted to the movies but though I don’t remember much, I do remember how much these books and movies made me want to go to Santorini. Greece in general seems beautiful, but Santorini feels especially picturesque.
Lord of the Rings – New Zealand
Okay, so this was not an actual location in the books. BUT the movies were filmed there and Hobbiton is an actual place you can visit and I just really, really want to go okay? New Zealand just seems so beautiful, with gorgeous nature and I want to see it for myself. (and yes, I want to pose for a picture in front of a hobbit home and pretend I live there). I could maybe even combine this trip with a trip to Australia, which is also on my bucketlist? As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland has a huge range of activities and Auckland City Tours to enjoy – but it’s also a perfect place to base yourself while you venture out of the city and explore other New Zealand destinations, you can see more things to do in New Zealand here.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Prague
Prague just feels like it came straight out of a (albeit slightly dark and gloomy) fairytale, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone made me want to visit it even more. I want to see Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral and Old Town, for example. Check out this fun post for a Daughter of Smoke and Bone tour of Prague.
Red Winter – Japan
Honestly, if there is any absolute number one travel destination on my bucketlist, it is Japan. Hands down. I don’t even want to specify it even further, because there are so many gorgeous places I want to visit in Japan. (I’m thinking of doing a post just everything I want to see in Japan one day.) But, even though Red Winter takes place in a fantasy Japan, it did make me want to add the gorgeous Inari shrine, Fushimi Inari-taisha, in Kyoto, on my list. Because… reasons. Read the books and you’ll know 😉
The Crown’s Game – Moscow
Even if The Crown’s Game takes place in a fantasy Tsarist Russia and Moscow, it still made me want to visit Moscow today. Just look at that gorgeous St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Wanderlost – Venice
Truthfully, Wanderlost made me want to backpack through the whole of Europe, just as they do in the books (well, there they don’t so much backpack as do a guided bus tour with older people, but still). But if I have to choose one place it made me put on my bucketlist even more, it’s got to be Venice. I want to see St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica, I want to see the canals and do the cliché ride on a a gondola.
Harry Potter – London
Behold my tale of woe! I have been to London two times already. BUT I have still not even seen the famous platform 9 3/4 trolley. I have not taken the cliché selfie, even though I’ve been in the city TWO TIMES already. So naturally, I must fix this. And I can stay in the city for a while longer because it’s such a nice city anyway 🙂