One of my biggest passions (apart from reading and writing) is travelling. And one of the reasons why I love it so much is because of how my love of books influences it! Somehow, no matter where I travel to, I have a way of turning any vacation into a bookish one. Whether it be that time I read Allegiant while on the Great Wall of China, or when I went to the bookshop that is rumoured to have served as J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for the moving staircases in Hogwarts, I always have memorable reading experiences from every holiday.
If you’re planning on going away and you want to turn your holiday into a BOOKISH HOLIDAY, I’ve created a helpful post to make your dreams a reality! Not only will you be able to visit a bunch of really cool bookshops while you’re abroad, but you’ll also get some great photos for the ‘gram. And if you don’t post photos online, did you even go away?! I beg to differ.
Seeing as I’m heading off to Korea with my friend and blogging pal Bree next month, I thought it was the perfect time to do some research for my own trip as well! We’re spending eight nights in Seoul, and then we’re heading down to Jeju Island for four nights, and I couldn’t be more excited. It’ll be the first time I’ll be travelling with a fellow blogger and book nerd, so get ready for all the bookish content while I’m abroad.
Happy travelling, book nerds!
Research bookshops to visit.
Researching which bookshops I’m going to visit is one of my favourite things I do to prepare for a trip. While I’m not super organised when it comes to making a holiday schedule, I tend to have a rough list of places I want to see before I go to a city. When I get there, I add pins to Google Maps so that whenever I’m out and about doing all the usual touristy stuff, I can check in to see where the closest bookshops are! And it’s always nice to stumble upon bookshops when I’m least expecting them as well. I’ve come across some of the cutest little places that way!
Find out if there are any other bookish attractions.
Depending on where you’re headed, there’s a good chance that there’s going to be some other bookish attractions there. Like when I went to New York, the Brooklyn Book Festival happened to be going on and I got to meet Jenny Han. When I was in Japan I had the opportunity to go to Harry Potter World. Even during my recent trip to Portugal, I visited a cafe that J.K. Rowling was rumoured to have plotted Harry Potter in Porto! Make sure you do your research before you get there so you can get any tickets you might need in advance.
Take a couple of paperbacks for the ‘gram.
I never read books on my phone… unless I’m travelling. No, I haven’t got a Kindle, and yes, I should probably get onto that at some stage. But for now, phone it is! I usually read about three books away when I’m on vacation, so it’s almost impossible to pack that many physical books in my luggage. However, I do love to have a couple paperbacks in my backpack to take with me on my adventures and whip out whenever a cute picture presents itself. Like when I was waiting in line to get into a palace in Madrid, I got to read some more of Red, White and Royal Blue and take a photo of it in front of this royal monstrosity! It was great.
Carve out some reading time during your day.
Some of my favourite and most memorable moments of my vacations have been the times I’ve just sat down on the grass and read some of my book. Usually my holidays are so jam-packed with sight-seeing and whatnot that it’s rare I’ll have time to do nothing but read. Most of my reading happens on public transport or when I’m at a restaurant waiting on my food, but carving out some time specifically for reading is a great way to relax and just soak up the ambience of a place. I specifically loved lying on the grass in Barcelona one hot afternoon and reading Royals, and sitting in a park in Budapest reading A Thousand Perfect Notes. Ahh, reading on vacation is just so relaxing!
Bookish places I’m looking forward to visiting in Seoul!
How beautiful is this library?! I’ve honestly never seen something so impressive in my entire life. I’ve been looking forward to checking out this place ever since I booked my trip, but seeing Chloe’s photos recently definitely made even more keen to go there. I might even swing by on my way from the airport to the hotel!
Arc N Book
Welp, I’m definitely going to spend way too much money in this store. It’s just so aesthetically pleasing, isn’t it?! I’m 100% going to be one of those people that demand everyone stop walking past while I get my perfect shot for the ‘gram. #sorrynotsorry
King’s Cross 934
No trip would be complete without some sort of Harry Potter-themed destination! I’ve never been to a Harry Potter cafe before (except for The Three Broomsticks at Harry Potter World), so I can’t wait to check this one out and drink some butterbeer. I’ll definitely have to take my Slytherin scarf and wand for the pictures!
Have you gone to any cool bookish places? What are some of your favourite bookstores that you’ve visited abroad? Do you have a bookish destination you’d really love to visit one day? Let me know!