I read Under the Tuscan Sun in high school and have been dreaming about Italy ever since.
I’ve been to London, obviously, but every time I read a book set there, I want to go back. Even when it’s a creepy book, like this one!
Who wouldn’t want to visit a world where magic exists, honour is paramount and friends risk death for one another on a regular basis? Plus, did I mention…. MAGIC?
Bill Bryson’s books are some of the best in travel writing – funny, informative and they cherry pick the best and most interesting aspects of any culture.
Peter Mayle’s books capture the idiosyncrasies of learning a new culture as an outsider, and both the amusing and frustrating things that come along with it.
I wasn’t the hugest fan of this book overall, but the setting came alive for me and man, does it sound nice!
7. 1970s San Francisco
I love San Francisco. I’ve got a couple of times now, and I find it a wonderful place to explore, and full of bookish delights! The San Francisco Armistead Maupin writes though, has this whole other vibe to it. It sounds inclusive, fun, playful, diverse and subversive (in a good way).
Okay, granted, it doesn’t take much to make me want to go to Paris. I mean, why would it? The history, culture, shopping, croissants… yum. Another book I didn’t love, but it certainly made me crave pain au chocolat!
This was one of the best travel memoirs I’ve ever read, full of interesting cultural facts and description of the landscape that made me really want to see it first-hand.
10. New York
I guess the setting wasn’t that prominent, but for me, just the descriptions of the Strand alone made me want to go there!
I know there are so many other books I’ve missed, so tell me – where have you traveled on literary flights of fancy?