Every book nerd has dreamed about jumping into a book and living there for a while... or at the very least taking an extended vacation. Who wouldn't want to kick back in the Shire, or study a semester abroad at Hogwarts??
However, some of the books we adore are probably not ideal destinations to relax and enjoy our surroundings (like the Hunger Games, for example. I wouldn't last 5 minutes).
My Top Fictional Holiday Destinations...
The Wizarding World (Harry Potter)
Specifically post-Voldemort (while wartime makes for an interesting plot, I'm not keen to experience it in person) ... I'd love to hang out at The Burrow, go shopping in Diagon Alley, and meet a mess of magical creatures. Despite my general lack of interest in sports, it even sounds like a lot of fun to camp out at the Quidditch World Cup.
Of course, you can experience some of this magic by visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at various Universal Studio locations around the world... I've been to the one in Florida (feat. a ride on the FREAKING HOGWARTS EXPRESS) and also in Osaka, Japan. It's such a beautiful experience and I never wanted to leave!
PRO TIP... Stay late so you can see Hogwarts at night time. It's truly magical. Also, Butterbeer tastes better cold.
Pyrithian (A Court of Thorns and Roses)
I've enjoyed both series by Sarah Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass, but I really loved the world in ACOTAR more. There's just so much more magic... both as "magical powers" for the characters, but also in the world itself. There is a variety of magical and fantastical species represented, and the architecture is described absolutely beautifully. I'd love to lounge in the Sunstone palace of the Dawn Court, spend days wandering through the shops in Velaris, and hole myself up in the libraries of the Day Court.
Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia)
This one has been on my list for as long as I can remember... reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is one of my earliest book memories.
Can you imagine meeting unicorns, talking to animals, and wearing all the SUPER BEAUTIFUL clothes? It would be so much fun! I'd definitely love to hang out with the Pevensie children, too. Pretty sure Lucy and I would be besties.
In fact, I still get a bit wistful whenever I see a old wooden wardrobe... That's where I got the idea from for this month's limited edition mug!
Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit)
I've traveled New Zealand extensively (including two visits to The Shire!) and while the scenery is breathtaking, I can't help but wish for MORE... I want to walk around Rivendell and relax with the elves. I want to sit down to an epic, hobbit made banquet. I want to walk around with the Ents and see the realm of the Woodland Elves (I can practically smell the rich soil in the shade of a towering forest as I imagine it!)
I highly recommend visiting Hobbiton if you're ever in that area of the world... Then the next time you watch the movies, you can pause it and scream "I'VE BEEN THERE!"
Which book would YOU want to jump into for a vacation? Come hang out with me and my awesome peeps on instagram, where we'll be chatting about this!