"" Writer's Wanderings: The Gift of Travel

Monday, December 06, 2010

The Gift of Travel

Scratching your head for a gift idea? It gets more difficult as the years go by for some of us. This year Bob and I decided our gift to each other was a cruise. It's something we both love to do and will give us time in warmer weather to see us through some of the winter. Now if we were a little more clever, we might come up with some themed travel gifts.

For instance, I love writing. A trip that was themed to a certain author or favorite book would be fun. Or even traveling in a specific area where there are several authors' homes or haunts could be done. We've been to Hemingway's home in Key West, Florida, petted a descendent of his pet cats, and stopped in for lunch at his favorite haunt, Sloppy Joe's.

Closer to home, we have many authors who were born or lived in Ohio for a time, among them: Erma Bombeck, Zane Grey, John Jakes, Toni Morrison, O. Henry (actually William Sydney Porter who served time in the pen in Columbus), R.L. Stine, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and James Thurber. A road trip through some of their haunts would be educational, enriching, and just plain fun to do.

Know someone who loves Gone With The Wind? A trip to Atlanta or other southern U.S. destination (like Charleston, SC) would give you opportunity to explore old plantation homes or search out some of the places of historical signifigance mentioned in the book.

I loved reading the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The setting is of course is the Guernsey Channel islands off the coast of England. What fun to plan a trip there! That's going on my "bucket list."

I haven't even begun to touch on other themes like history or sports or movies or culinary arts. If the interest is there, the places to visit would be easy to find in this wonderful world of cyberspace. You may be surprised at how much is right in your own backyard.

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