Have you ever read a book and then started day dreaming about visiting the place where the characters are living?

Or imagined staying at the place or sit in a cafe where an author wrote a certain book?

I know I have.

On a recent trip to Madrid, I was hyped by the idea that I was able to sit and drink a beer in the same cafe that Hemingway once sat and wrote in. And that I could eat in the same restauarant (Cafe Botin) that was a favorite Hemmingway haunt and also the final meeting place of Jake and Brett in the last pages of The Sun Also Rises.


Being able to walk in the footsteps of authors and their characters is the focus of a new book published by National Geographic. Called Novel Destinations, it provides a guide to literary sites, festivals, and tours around the world. After all, not all places are as easily found or known about as Hemmingway’s Madrid.

Novel Destinations travels the world, focusing on classic writers such as the Bronte sisters, Steinbeck, Dostoevsky’s and the like. This is not a book for those looking for the Da Vinci Code.

The book has a companion website where you can find out more about the book and it’s authors.

You can also read an interview with the books authors over at Intelligent Travel.

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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.

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