Travel Destinations Inspired by Fiction

There are obvious tourist destinations for those seeking inspiration or a connection to their faith, such as The Holy Land.

There are obvious tourist destinations for those seeking inspiration or a connection to their faith, such as The Holy Land. A favorite Cathedral like St. Peter’s Basilica at The Vatican in Italy, an ancient temple like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or even places rumored to have miraculous healing properties like Lourdes in France, Sedona in Arizona or Machu Picchu in Peru; all are destinations that would make sense for travels based in devotion. But that’s not what we’re going to talk about here.

This is for the unlikely sources of inspiration. The stories that get under your skin, fire your imagination and make you want to live in their world, while at the same time inspiring you to make the one we live in a better place. I’m talking about the Books, TV Shows or Movies that have you obsessed, and fill you with joy --but may be fiction and may take place in locations you couldn’t possibly visit.

Or can you?

Sure, you have to get a little creative, but there are ways to immerse yourself in your favorite fictional tales and experience the ways they initially inspired you at a deeper level.

What real places were included in your Fictional world?

Most places that have served as locations for well-known books, films or television shows have companies offering tours. The town of Forks in Washington State has Dazzled by Twilight, in England, you can find Harry Potter tours, as well as Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Dickens, or Downton Abbey tours, to name but a few. In New Orleans, follow the footsteps of the characters from Anne Rice’s novels. Da Vinci Code tours are available in Paris, as well as England and Scotland. If someone isn’t already offering tours, you can often find the information you need to plan your own route, off the beaten path and into your imagination!


Caption: A place of faith and one inspired by Lara Croft: Tomb Raider


Locations: where your fantasy world was filmed.

Of course, there are studio tours like Universal Studios and Warner Bros., and they can be great ways to blur the lines between fiction and reality. You can also find out what real places served as look-alikes for the fictional places in your favorite tales, and then go there. For example, The Hunger Games was filmed entirely in North Carolina, while Catching Fire was filmed in California, Georgia, Hawaii and New Jersey. The upcoming Mockingjay –Part 1 returns to Georgia, but visits Massachusetts as well. The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations has a wealth of information to plan your travels accordingly.

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