If you’ve been itching with travel envy, find an escape route in one of these delightful books…
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Take a trip to: Hogsback, Eastern Cape
It’s been rumoured that this forest town was the inspiration behind JRR Tolkien’s magical world of hobbits and elves, and when you take in the area’s majestic views, with its rolling green hills and ancient trees, it’s hard not to believe.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Take a trip to: Italy, India, Indonesia
Heck, why NOT take a year off from life, travel the world, eat amazing food, find yourself, and meet a hot successful businessman?! OK, maybe a year is unrealistic, but every woman should travel alone, at least once in her life.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Take a trip to: A road trip around America – or anywhere, for that matter!
If just Googling a Rand to Dollar converter gives you the sweats, why not plot a course around SA? Pack the cooler bag with delicious padkos, pop in the CD compilation of your favourite tunes, and prepare to have your mind blown by what our beautiful country has to offer.
Short stories by Herman Charles Bosman
Take a trip to: Groot Marico
This small mining town in the North West, which features prominently in the well-known SA author’s stories, plays host to a Herman Charles Bosman weekend in October each year. Sneeze and you’ll miss it, but settle in and you’ll have made new friends in no time.
Icarus by Deon Meyer
Take a trip to: the Cape Winelands
Although in the book, it’s the backdrop for a murder cover-up, in reality, that whole part of the Cape will whisk you away with its charm and beauty – not to mention the fab selection of fine foods and wine!
By books editor, Lauren Mc Diarmid