Outside of reading, traveling is my biggest passion. There’s nothing like hopping on a plane, eating terrible airplane food, watching a few recent movies, and then landing in a whole new place. The thrill of setting foot in a new city for the first time is unlike anything else. Using my list of travel destinations for readers below, you can turn your next trip into a perfect bookish holiday.
This is not in any way a comprehensive list – there are so many amazing places to visit for book lovers all around the world. This is just a list of places I’ve been fortunate enough to visit during my travels.
Here are my suggestions for book oriented places to visit:
Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France
Located only a few meters from the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, Shakespeare and Company has become a tourist destination in its own right. This is one of my favorite travel destinations for readers. The store is packed to the rafters with mostly English books of all genres. Go upstairs, and you can appreciate a nook with a perfect view of Notre Dame, check out old tomes (not for sale), and play (or listen to) the well loved piano.
If you do plan to visit, I advise you to visit in the morning or an hour before they close. During peak tourist season there is often a line out the door, and the store itself become cramped and hard to navigate. Going early will give you plenty of time to peruse and explore the cozy French bookshop. Be sure to buy a book and request that they stamp it – it makes for a phenomenal keepsake.