Some of my best travel memories are the times I spent with my fellow book club members getting away for a weekend. With time to hang out we got to know each other in a way that we couldn’t when meeting for a few hours once a month. Plus we got to have lots of fun. We played games, sipped wine, took long walks on the beach, got massages, hiked, ate great food and generally had a good time. If you’ve considered taking a trip with your book club, whether you tie it into a book choice or simply want a little time together, there’s a blog for you, soon to be followed by a book dedicated to literary travels.
Off the Beaten Travel Page, created by Terri Peterson Smith features stories and ideas for book club members or readers anywhere to take literary walking tours, get ideas for book-related travel and more. Smith says she explores “the places where literature and travel intersect, both how to escape with a good book and how to understand the places we travel through the eyes of authors who have gone there before us.”
Smith’s book, Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs, and Girls on Getaways, is due from the Chicago Review Press on May 1. Smith interviewed me about book club travel for comments in the book, and she recently featured some of my thoughts in a blog post called Book Club Travel Tales. So if your wanderlust is kicking in with the advent of spring, you may want to check out the blog for ideas. You can also pre-order Smith’s book at Amazon.com. That way you’ll be able to get her advice on planning your trip as soon as her book is released.