If I win the lottery the first thing I’ll do (well, after I hire a financial expert) is buy a whole bunch of plane tickets. I’m a homebody who also loves to travel. But until I get that winning ticket I keep wanderlust in check with travel books.
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The first time I realized that I could visit another place in my mind was in 2nd or 3rd grade when my teacher read The Secret Garden to our class. I was transported to England and then proceeded to spend a lot of my childhood wandering the Yorkshire moors, breathing the damp, sooty air of London and visiting with quirky characters in English villages.
I was a bit older when the Francophile bug bit me but I’ve yet to be cured of that affliction. Give me a well-written book set in Paris or Provence and I can happily escape for hours.
And if you know me at all you won’t be surprised to hear that I have a fairly extensive collection of books set in New Orleans.
Emily Dickinson perhaps said it best…
There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away…
If you like to escape to “lands far away” within the pages of a book, here are some favorites of mine:
There are so many more but I’ll stop there. Maybe I’ll do a “Part 2” at some point.
I’d love to hear some of your favorites if you’d like to share in the comments. I don’t have a trip planned until fall so I would love to travel via the pages of a book.
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