• Greta Smith

3 Books That Will Inspire Real Life Travel

One of the things that our technologically advanced society has not lost is a love for books. People love to read and to take adventures with the characters of their favorite books. Many of these adventures take place in cities, countries, and continents that actually exist, and it can make readers feel as if they understand these places. This connection can also inspire readers to run off to far away places in order to feel, see, hear, and smell the things that the characters felt, saw, heard, and smelled.





3 Books That Will Inspire Real Life Travel

The books that are listed here are those who draw you into their settings and can really spawn a desire to see these places.


“Snow Country” by Yasunari Kawabata

When most people think of Japan, they think of Tokyo and the skyscraper-lined streets full of the millions that call this world capital home. There is so much more to Japan and Kawabata brings this out in the book “Snow Country.”

This 1968 Nobel Prize-winning book is set in a land in western Japan that sees so much snow that it is cut off from the rest of the world. It is a land of isolation and natural beauty that opens readers up to a whole new idea about Japan and the beauty that this country holds.


“Murder On The Orient Express” by Agatha Christie

This book by famed author Agatha Christie takes readers on a journey across Europe by train (let’s not worry about the drama and the murder that goes on, it’s not important right now). SO many people take a plane to where they want to go, and they are not able to see all of the different types of beauty that lies on the continent of Europe.

This book gives readers the idea to see Europe in a whole new way. From Athens to Istanbul, London to Vienna, there is so much to see in Europe that train is one of the best ways to see it. Traveling by train is a way to slow down a little bit and enjoy the splendor of the land that you are traveling through.


“The Two Faces of January” by Patricia Highsmith

Athens is a city full of Greek history and Mediterranean wonder and Highsmith captures that essence in her 1964 novel. It is one of those cities that is a modern link to an ancient time that most of us can only read about. It has the mystique to set an incredible background for her book as well as inspire a trip to experience the wonder.

Greece is on the bucket list of many travelers and reading a book like this can shoot it to the top of that list. It can be great fun to explore the city of Athens with the ideas of murder, blackmail, and imagination on your mind.

Travel can be an eye-opening experience. It can expand a person’s mind to all the things in the world that they never knew were even out there. The world is a magical place and literature can be a wonderful introduction to that magic. Books allow people to meet the world before they ever even get there.

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