While you may not ever revisit a place from your travels, know that you can return as often as you like while reading a book. And while it’s not the equivalent of returning, experiencing it through a different lens can only add to your memories. It’s a cheats way to extend your travels for free!
There is nothing better than being able to draw on your memory to say I’ve been there! Having been there, it also helps to paint a better picture of the story. It can also provide an extra glimpse inside a particular venue. I was unable to visit the Louvre because it was closed the day I was in Paris. But reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown has helped me experience it.
All of the books listed below are ones that I have read. Some before travelling there, some after. But I’ve also included just a few places I have never been.
How To Extend Your Travels For Free
Florence – Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Rome/Vatican – Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Paris – Buying a Piece of Paris by Ellie Nielsen
Paris – My Life in France – Julia Child
Paris – Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
London – Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
London – Who’s That Girl? by Alexander Potter
United States of America
New York City – The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
New York City – Gossip Girl series (and spinoffs) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
New York City – Shopaholic Takes Manhatten by Sophie Kinsella
Los Angeles – LA Candy by Lauren Conrad
Los Angeles – Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
West Coast – Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Rest of the world
Japan – 90 Day Geisha by Chelsea Haywood
Singapore – Cray Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Australia – Fetish by Tara Moss
Australia – The Freudian Slip by Marion Von Alderstein
Australia – The Mummy Bloggers by Holly Wainwright
India – Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
It’s been especially great to relive my memories from my trip to Europe. But it’s also nice to read about different towns in my own backyard. Have you read anything that helped you relive some moments from your travels?