Are you a book lover who loves the earth? Why not take a green literary vacation?

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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 concerns with my literary interests and thought about literary travel.

Why Literary Travel

I found a wonderful review of the reasons for Literary Travel in Charles Atlas Heelan’s article in Frommer’s, “Loved the Book? Go There, Literally, with a Literary Tour,” Mr. Heelan begins with the origin of literary travel in the fifth century B.C. with the Greek writer and historian Herodotus. He journeys through time and great literature until the 20th Century.

What is Literary Tourism?

Literary tourism is the practice of visiting cities and sites related to works of fiction and their authors. For the book lover combining books with a travel plan offer a dream that makes a bibliophile elated. Literary tourism is by no means a recent occurrence.


An interest in traveling 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.



Haworth England is known as the Bronte sisters’ home.

Who is the Literary Eco-Friendly Travel ?

They cross the boundaries between literature and cultural studies since 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.  Many cities cater to the tastes of this specialized group of travelers by creating walking and cycling tours of famous writers’ homes, the places where they wrote, and taverns they may have visited.

Suggestions for your literary tour.

Tours International gives tours where you will discover the UK through the eyes and words of the world’s greatest novelist, poets, and playwrights.

Tripsavvy will take you on 9 stops on a literary tour of England and Scotland.

Lonely Planet shares their Top 10 literary walking tours of the world.

If you go, please drop me a note and let me know how about your experience. Thanks! Bon Voyage!

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