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Ten Locations Books Helped Put On My Travel Bucketlist {Top Ten Tuesday}

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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
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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
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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
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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.

The Lord of the Rings - New Zealand
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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.

aughter of Smoke and Bone - Prague
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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
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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
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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
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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 🙂

WHAT ARE SOME locations books helped put on YOUR travel bucketlist?

32 Comments

  1. I want to visit Paris after Anna and the French kiss .
    Great post 🙂

    1. Yes, Paris is definitely on that travel bucketlist 🙂

  2. Paris definitely, and Santorini is one of those places I feel like I NEED to see at some point. New Zealand is another. Actually half your list or more looks good! Would love to see Venice as well, and Prague. We have a little Czech in our background so I’ve always wanted to go there…
    Greg recently posted…Top Ten Books That Take Place In Another CountryMy Profile

    1. Hope you’ll get to visit all of these some day 🙂

  3. I definitely want to visit Prague and London! And Amsterdam is gooorgeous. 🙂
    Bee (Quite The Novel Idea / Novel Ink) recently posted…I Love These Books That Take Place In Foreign Countries!My Profile

    1. They all sound so good! Hope we’ll get to visit them some day 🙂

  4. I’m crazy for traveling, too. I probably won’t make it to all these places before I head out of this world, so I am choosing to go via books.

    I’m always on the lookout for books from other places. Thank you for your list!

    Here’s my list: Books Set in Another Country. I hope you will stop by and take a look.

    1. Books are a great way to travel indeed!

  5. I would totally love to see Hobitton in Australia as well. <3
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    1. It’s definitely one of my bucketlist tops 🙂

  6. Mariela says:

    I need to read that Red Winter books! The covers look amazing.
    My TTT.

    1. They are amazing books, hope you’ll love them as much as I did if you decide to pick them up!

  7. My boss says Santorini is amazing! And I totally want to visit New Zealand someday as well. I have a friend down that way in Auckland.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!
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    1. Ahh I really hope to see Santorini one day! And that’s great about your friend! You could visit them AND see a gorgeous country at the same time 😉

  8. I want to go visit the Hobbiton set in New Zealand soooooooo bad!
    Gabby recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place In Other CountriesMy Profile

    1. It’d be an amazing experience indeed!

  9. I love Paris, so beautiful-I’m writing a book that’s partially set there atm, so maybe one day I’ll get to go back, you know in the name of “research”. I’ve been to Amsterdam, and Santorini, both lovely, Santorini really only needs a couple of days, it’s a very small island, but Amsterdam probably a bit longer! I go to London quite a lot, but then I live an hour away by train, so it’s not hard to get to! I went to Barcelona when I was a kid, but haven’t been for a long time! The rest of your list, I haven’t been to, but would love to go to all of them!
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    1. Ah that’s amazing that you’re writing a book set in Paris! Definitely gives you a great reason to go back 😉
      Amsterdam and Santorini both sound great to visit. Hope we’ll both get to visit all the places we want 🙂

  10. I haven’t been to Amsterdam either but I really want to. One of my biggest dreams is to visit the van Gogh museum.
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    1. Oh yes, the Van Gogh museum sounds great! Hope we’ll both get to go to Amsterdam one day 🙂

  11. Great list and oh yes, Harry Potter definitely put London on my travel bucket list as well.

    1. Thanks! Hope you’ll be able to visit London one day 🙂

  12. Joann Downie says:

    I really like how you did this post!! I would like to read The Crown’s Game and Red Winter for something totally new. I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Hobbit. Very nice!

    1. Thanks so much! I’d highly recommend Red Winter for sure 🙂

  13. Ahh, amazing list! I haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss but it’s been on my TBR for so long now 🙂 Paris is my dream destination and I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to visit it 🙂
    And what can I say about The Fault In Our Stars.. it’s one of my favourite books 🙂
    Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages recently posted…Ten Books That Take Place In Another CountryMy Profile

    1. I hope you’ll be able to visit Paris someday!

  14. Oh this is such a great list, ! love your choices here 🙂 I went to Amsterdam once and loved it there – I obviously sat on the TFIOS bench and I loved it hahaha, the fangirl in me was really happy about it ?
    I would love to go to Prague someday, as well as Barcelona and New Zealand,now THAT is the ultimate dream destination! 😀
    Lovely post! 🙂
    Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books recently posted…All the books that make me go “nope”My Profile

    1. Haha, I would totally fangirl on the TFIOS bench 🙂
      New Zealand definitely feels like the ultimate dream destination, all the way on the other side of the world! Hope we’ll both get to visit it someday 🙂

  15. How did I forget TFIOS travels? That would have been a fun addition! I did remember ‘French Kiss’ when making my list, but I left it off my last week list because I decided I’d use that book for the next travel topic, which I think is coming in May or June. 🙂

    Fun list, Lindsey – and title!!
    Rissi recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday | Characters I Like. In Stories I Don’t Love.My Profile

    1. Thanks, Rissi! TFIOS definitely put Amsterdam on my travel bucketlist! And Anna did the ame for Paris! Ooh another travel topic, I didn’t think that far ahead *oops*

  16. I love it when books make you want to visit a place. I read Isla not long after I’d been to Barcelona and I remember thinking “why didn’t I go and see that?!” I would love to go back and visit all the places they do – I feel like it makes re-reading so much more fun when you can add your own memories of what a place looked like into the story.

    Thanks for including my Anna tour of Paris!
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    1. Yes, exactly! I did see Paris, but after reading Anna I just had the urge to go back right away and visit all those places. 🙂 Thanks so much for your amazing Anna tour!

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