Why not let National Storytelling Week inspire your trips this year and visit the places you first fell for in the pages of a treasured book?
It’s National Storytelling Week 27th January to February 3rd, which means it’s time to get your nose in a good book. Often what we read inspires visits to far-flung places; you may never be able to visit Narnia, Neverland or the Emerald City, but there are many places across the world that have inspired some classic stories.
If you’re a fan of JRR Tolkien, then New Zealand should be at the top of your list for holiday destinations. While not an inspiration for the books, the painstaking recreation of Hobbiton by Peter Jackson in Waikato is a must-see. If you’ve got the stamina, you might want to take a six-hour hike up Mount Tongariro, which stood in for Mount Doom in Mordor. Make sure you take a companion as loyal and supportive as Samwise Gamgee as it’s a tough hike, but you’re rewarded with spectacular views.
While still in the world of fantasy Mdina in Malta is an excellent stand in for Game of Thrones fans wanting to visit Kings Landing. If you were captivated by George RR Martin’s fantasy world then you will enjoy walking round with walled medieval city. Known as the silent city because cars are prohibited, Mdina offers the historic atmosphere suggested in the books but is thankfully much more tranquil than the fictional location.
If classic literature is more your speed, one place to visit might be Great Neck in Long Island, USA. This was the inspiration for F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, and boasts some of the impressive architecture and sense of luxury you might expect. It’s easy to imagine extravagant parties taking place here, and the coastal views lend themselves easily to gazing out into the horizon, pondering lost loves and missed opportunities.
The books that remain most vivid in our memories are often those from childhood. Anyone who grew up admiring Anne-with-an-E may want to take a trip to Prince Edward Island in Canada. Whilst Avonlea, the setting for the Anne of Green Gables series, is a fictional place, it was inspired by the island and it’s possible to see echoes of the book everywhere in the quaint seaside communities. You can also visit Avonlea village, a replica of the fictional town, which includes the original schoolhouse that LM Mongomery taught in.
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