Anyone who loves to read knows there are times when you simply don’t want the story to end! For me, it’s because I was transported somewhere I was not ready to leave. Or, the story introduced me to an activity or a place I desired to know more about. (We readers all know how an engrossing book can be a great escape from the details of our daily life!) I began to think about ways that I could hold on to the curiosity, sense of adventure, feeling of empowerment, or desire for more that lingers, but fleetingly, after I turn that last page. That’s how The Novel Tourist was born!
Are you an adventurous bibliophile who wants to enrich your daily life beyond the books? Are you a quiet bookworm who craves an adventure? Are you just bored and think fictional characters have way more fun? No matter what you are interested in, you can turn your bookish daydreams into real-life experiences.
Be the main character in your own interesting life!
Let’s face it, life has the potential to get pretty mundane. Don’t let it! Go on “vacation” – weekly. Webster defines “vacation” as “a time of respite from something.” Vacation need not be a yearly thing, it can be anything that is a source of respite – “an interval of rest or relief.” Here at The Novel Tourist, I take inspiration from a good book to guide me in choosing me weekly respite from my responsibilities as a single mom and full-time employee. For instance, The Graveyard Book inspired me to check out a very old cemetery just a mile or so from my house. I had never visited a cemetery for enjoyment. In fact, until I read The Graveyard Book, I’d never even considered visiting a cemetery for fun! I know it sounds crazy, but after an hour or so strolling and quietly reading headstones while wondering about the lives of those buried below me (and, of course, wondering if Nobody knew any of them!), I felt rested. I felt like I’d been on a mini-vacation. Why? Because, just like I do when I travel afar, I experienced something out of ordinary to my daily life.
“Adventure” has many definitions – what’s yours?
Speaking of gravestones….I aim to partake in as many adventures as possible before I join the fellows underground! But, adventure isn’t necessarily jumping on a plane and crossing oceans to far-away places. Adventure is anything that is “an exciting and remarkable experience.” Don’t discount the marvels of life waiting for you in your own backyard. How many of us take for granted all there is to see within a day trip of home? When work and family commitments keep me grounded, I get as much pleasure from being a tourist in my own town, inspired by the adventures of my literary heroes, as I do from visiting an exotic new land. Through The Novel Tourist I share the ways that I let inspiration prompt exploration both locally and abroad.
Are you ready to join the adventure?
Happy reading! Let’s go book the next adventure!