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8 vacations based on books

April 29, 2013, 3:44 p.m.
A book opened, sitting on a beach

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Literary destinations

The great thing about books is that you can make them your own. There are few visual representations of the story to detract from the pictures in your mind. (Or at least that’s true until a movie version of your favorite novel is inevitably released).

While it's not possible to catch a plane to Middle Earth or Winterfell, there are plenty of works of literature set in real places. You can follow in the author’s footsteps, see what inspired them and blend your interpretation of the setting with what you see. 

Here are some of the most popular literary destinations. (Text: Josh Lew)