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Travel Destinations that Inspired Famous Authors

Home towns and travel destinations have always inspired writers, travel platform Agoda has shared their list of where some authors took their inspiration.

Edinburgh, Scotland is where literary hero J.K. Rowling spent much of her time writing her most famous work, the Harry Potter series. The Scottish capital, much like Harry Potter, offers something for all the family with must-see attractions including Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Dynamic Earth, Underground Edinburgh and The Scotch Whisky Experience.

skyline of edinburgh scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

The career of fiction writer Jenny Han, famous for ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ was shaped during her time in New York. As one of the most visited cities in the U.S. top attractions include the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Empire State Building and the Broadway District.

The Divine Comedy and Vita Nuova were written by Dante Alighieri in Italy’s Tuscan city of Florence. The romantic setting which is also considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance and Italy’s capital of culture is where this famous poet met Beatrice, the love of his life and inspiration. Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Loggia dei Lanzi and Dante’s church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi are all visitor hot spots.

Florence, Italy

Mohammad Al-Murr is an award-winning short story writer. Born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates he has published over 10 collections of his short stories. Dubai Tales is one compilation, it captures life in Dubai recognising it as a place that toes the line between modern thinking and a strong sense of pride for tradition. The Wink of the Mona Lisa was another of his notable works.

When visiting Dubai must-see attractions include Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah.

The Japanese city of Kobe is where Haruki Murakami was raised. Some of his short stories, including his debut novel ‘Hear the Wind Sing’ were set in the city. The work of Murakami is said to reflect the quiet beauty, breath-taking scenery, nature and the relaxing minimalism of this small seaside city. Visitors to Kobe are recommended to visit the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Arima Onsen and the Ikuta Shrine.

Murakami’s other works include Kafka on the Shore and 1Q84.

night skyline of kobe, japan
Kobe, Japan

Play, screen and novel writer, Ricky Lee is from Camarines Norte in the Philippines. His novel ‘Para Kay B’ is available from the Philippine Writers’ Studio Foundation whilst his screenplay manual, ‘Trip to Quiapo’ has been a resource for communication colleges across the Philippines.  

Camarines Norte is also home to beautiful beaches, Apuao Grande Island and the Calaguas Islands.

Awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, the work of Istanbul’s Orhan Pamuk is very much grounded in Turkish culture and politics. Snow is one of his most recognised works as is The Museum of Innocence, of which there is an actual museum based on his novel.

The Museum of Innocence, the Hagia Sophia Museum and the Grand Bazaar are recommended attractions within Istanbul.

Another Nobel Prize winner for literature, Gabriel García Márquez wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. Born and raised in Aracataca, Colombia his fictional village of Macondo is based on Aracataca. There is now the Casa Museo Gabriel García Márquez, a reconstruction of his childhood home. The Casa del Telegrafista museum also refers to the author and his family. Other attractions in and around Aracataca include the Tayrona National Park, Parque Los Novios and the Aracataca River.

Tayrona National Park, Columbia

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