10 Books that Awaken the Travel Bug in Me

If there’s one thing I love more as much as books it’s travelling. I’m the girl that envied James Bond, not for all his crazy spy skills, knack for survival or nice cars, but for his fully stamped fake passport, exotic spying locations and freshly tanned skin. Since becoming a poor, broke student I have long since had the travel bug.

This Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is the perfect opportunity for me to drawl over the crisp pages of my favourite novels (sorry the local library) and plan that definitely-not-too-broke-to-ever-happen trip around the world.

1. Anything Rick Riordan

I definitely didn’t wonder around the Acropolis Museum in Athens, built on the foundations of the ancient city with a glass floor that revealed it’s ruins, and look at a disfigured statue of Zeus that was thousands of years old and think “He was a real pain about that whole lightning bolt incident”. Yep,ย  totally didn’t happen.

Reading Rick Riordan’s Greek myth inspired novels gave me a total longing to visit the mountains and seas that inspired the ancient myths, see the temples and olive trees that convinced a whole nation to believe men’s appendages were lucky. It helped that pita is the best thing since sliced bread, or was it made before then?

2. Seeking Crystal by Joss Stirling

If nationalities were decided by the food you eat then I would be 300% Italian. Pizza, gelato and pasta are basically the only food groups I eat.

3. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Because Ireland is cool and the accent is so nice and why oh why is the ferry from England so expensive??


4. The Night Circus byย Erin Morgenstern

This circus travels all over the world, so how can I not want to travel reading it?!?!

5. The Mortal Instruments by Casandra Clare

It’s undisputed truth that if someone writes a really catchy pop ballad about a city I MUST VISIT IT. If nothing else, just so I can irritatibly sing the song to whoever I am travelling with.

6. Black Heart of Jamaica by Julia Golding

Although this book is set in a period of history when you probably don’t want to be visiting Jamaica, I really want to visit for tropical climate and pretty views!

7. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

Is it possible to want to visit somewhere you live??? I’ll probably be sick of London by next year, given I’ve got a job there starting in September, but for now I sort of like it’s majestic charm and clutter of buildings from different parts of history.

8. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Because who would not want to visit the beautiful peaks and locks of Scotland? And if I could be riding a hippogriff while there then that’s all the better.


Sadly I’m going to have to fail this week and leave it at just 8- I just got back from a road trip (how topical for a post about travel) and am a little bit tired from driving!

Anyway, if you could visit anywhere in the world where would you go? Have you read any of the books on this list?ย 

If you’ve done TTT feel free to drop your link off and I’ll check it out!



14 thoughts on “10 Books that Awaken the Travel Bug in Me

  1. Iโ€™m currently reading The Night Circus, but Iโ€™m still early enough in the book that thereโ€™s not much mention of the circus yet. Still, what I have read is interesting, and I can see where it would be a fun place to visit / travel with!

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  2. I think for me Iโ€™d just want to visit The Night Circus. Not even where in the world itโ€™s at, just the circus itself! And of course, Harry Potter makes me want to visit so many different places, both in the wizarding world and the real world.

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