Literature promotes important issues, such as imagination and creativity. Indeed, who has never ever wished to visit that station, the unforgettable goodbye scene between two of our favourite book characters? Who has never wondered where did that special author live? All these questions are clear now thanks to literary tourism, a different way of traveling, promoted by books.
One of the most visited places thanks to this type of cultural tourism is Stratford-upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born. Wales is also a recurrently visited place, since many stories take place among its landscapes. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of the greatest Russian authors, also grabs the attention of many of its readers, who decide to discover Saint Petersburg, where he lived and where many of his stories, such as Notes from Underground, written in 1864, take place. Dublin was also the city of famous writers, such as Oscar Wilde or James Joyce, and it owes to both of them part of its international fame. Literature lovers must know Fernando Pessoa, and pretty sure that most of them have already visited Lisbon or they are willing to do so, since it is Pessoa’s birthplace, which is reflexed in many of its works. On the other hand, it is impossible not to cite Paris, an unmissable place for those who are thinking about doing some literary traveling, since authors such as Victor Hugo or Honoré de Balzac were inspired by the French capital. Berlin is also an unavoidable place for these type of literary travelers, because many spy stories written by the brilliant John Le Carré took place in the city, as well as it is Madrid or Barcelona, where stories from important writters such as Ernest Hemingway or the contemporary Carlos Ruiz Zafón take place.
As you can see, there are many reasons that can justify a trip, far from the typical point of view, focused on visiting traditional monuments and important landmarks recommended by travel guides and always crowded with hundreds of tourists. Literary tourism is a different way of traveling, an affordable alternative, which can be easily enjoyed and hardly forgotten.