Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” Anna Quindlen
Green Travel Benefits
Finding enjoyment with a vacation that offers extra benefits is the best part of Eco-Friendly travel. You’re probably a green traveler if you want more meaningful, challenging, and adventurous experiences in your travels with sensitivity and responsibility for the environment and the local cultures.
I consider myself Eco-Friendly since I like to find new ways to explore more of the world and feel that I’m helping and not damaging the environment. So I decided to explore the possibilities of combining my environmental site with my literary interests and thought about literary travel.
What is Literary Tourism?
Literary tourism is the practice of visiting cities and sites related to works of fiction and their authors. The concept of combining literature with travel and cultural experiences, literary tourism is by no means a recent occurrence and has been practiced for several centuries.
An interest in touring to places associated with poets and novelists grew in the 19th century when according to historical accounts, curious travelers began visiting the homes, graves and favorite haunts of famous writers. Travelers also visited the sites and cities described in famous poems and novels. During this time, Stratford, England was memorialized for Shakespeare, while Abbotsford, England, was venerated for Sir Walter Scott. The memory of Bronte sisters is alive in their home at Haworth, England.
Why is Literary Travel Eco-Friendly?
Since it crosses the boundaries between literature and cultural studies, literary tourism invites readers to make fictional experiences come alive. Literary tourism enables travelers to immerse themselves in the local culture while increasing their knowledge about authors and literature. Catering to the tastes of this specialized group of tourists, many cities have taken advantage of this phenomenon by creating walking and cycling tours of famous writers’ homes, the places where they wrote, and taverns they may have visited.
Looking for the right literary travel for you.
A literary travel idea for the whole family
I found a great family trip for that offers something for everyone. Pack your bags and head to England to spend a week in Jane Austen’s world with a visit to Chawton Great House and Chawton Cottage. You can explore the unique habitat of the moors, passing Haworth and many places of interest to lovers of the three Brontë sisters literary works. The scenic Lake District includes a visit to Beatrix Potters’ Hilltop.
For the tour, details visit lynotttours.com/great-britain.
Literary travels for adventurers
Lonely Planet offers a top-10-literary-walking-tours-of-the-world
Check out these tours, which are a wonderful way to pay tribute your favorite authors or characters than to follow in their footsteps via these entertaining tours
Literary tours for the serious book lover
Get inspired and spark your imagination on thewordtravels tours in the writer’s places
such as London, Venice, Berlin, Classical World and Salisbury.
“Walking” great books, experiencing them through the feet, opens up new perspectives and fresh understanding of the work – and sharpens our senses to the world around us. For example, walk the moors on a windy day, and you’ll experience, better than any dictionary definition, the meaning of ‘wuthering.’
‘Literature always seems richer when you visit the place that inspired it.’ John Sutherland
Suggestions for 50 state literary places in America
Explore the wealth of America with American Writers’ Museum ‘s 50 state lists American writers’ sites and more.
Check out the literary-america map of a list of each state’s American writer’s sites to visit.