April 18, 2019

Literary Travel Brings Affordable Adventure to Avid Readers

If theme parks and golf getaways arenít in your travel budget this year, consider incorporating a bit of literary tourism into your next family vacation itinerary. Itís easily incorporated into other agendas, and typically comes at an extremely affordable price point. Here are a handful of ways you can begin to explore the worlds of your favorite authors and books.


Hill Top, the historic farmhouse that was once home to famed childrenís author Beatrix Potter, is open to public visitation by fans of her work. Located in Englandís Lake District National Park, this time capsule of the authorís life includes a childrenís garden trail and several rooms decorated with Potterís actual belongings. Entry tickets max out at a price of roughly $13 per adult, according the National Historic Trustís web site. Access is available by foot, train, bicycle and bus. Visitors to Atlanta may visit the Margaret Mitchell House, which is where she penned ďGone With the Wind.Ē Tours are available daily, at a cost of $13. This same amount is also the entrance fee to Ernest Hemingwayís former home in Key West, and includes a chance to interact with the descendants of his famous six-toed cat.


Hemingway also spent time in Petoskey Michigan during his younger years, and recuperated from his war injuries there later on. Free walking tour maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce featuring many of his old hangouts, including Jespersonís Restaurant and Pie Shop where tourists can still sit on the authorís favored counter stool and order a slice of home-baked goodness. A detailed exhibit of Ernestís connection to the state of Michigan can be viewed at the townís Little Traverse History Museum for an entrance fee of $3.


Travelers who are interested in the craft of writing, or simply interacting with current popular writers can use literary festivals as a way to enjoy an intellectual getaway. These events typically include a variety of food vendors, making vacation dining a fraction of its normal cost. The destinations themselves provide additional activities and attractions to round out your vacation experience. For example, the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Scotland comes with access to the countryís national museum, Edinburgh Castle and the various historical sites located along the cityís famous Royal Mile.

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