With the recent theatrical release of Eat, Pray, Love came the beginnings of a booming tourist industry based around the acclaimed travel book—especially considering the destinations involved: Italy, India and Indonesia. Far from being the first themed tours, these book-inspired trips are just the latest crop available across the globe. Woman’s Day took a look at these expedition, that cater to everyone from history buffs, vampire groupies and spy-novel enthusiasts. Here are a few ways super fans are getting a first-hand experience of their obsessions du jour.
Baltimore Street Tour—Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Civil War history buffs enjoy a tour based on Mark Nesbitt’s book Ghosts of Gettysburg. It begins in the courtyard of the Ghosts of Gettysburg Walking Tours headquarters, “where disembodied voices have been recorded and a child has been spotted . . . a century after his death.”
Millennium Tour—Stockholm, Sweden
Over 27 million people have read Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (translated into English as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest), following journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker Lisbeth Salander on their search for justice. Now, for approximately two hours, fans of the books can retrace their heroes’ steps.
Dracula Tour—Transylvania, Romania
Twilight may be attracting tweens to Washington state, but fans of the original bloodsucker are going straight to the source: Transylvania. The Dracula Tour begins in Bucharest, Romania, where a group of like-minded vampire fanatics meet before embarking on a weeklong expedition following the path of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
For diehard Michael Jackson fans, this 126-day worldwide tour may be the only thing that does his legacy justice. Kicking off in London, the tour takes travelers for a walk along thevarious cities on six continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America and South America) to see museums, statues, performance sites, hotels he stayed in and works of art dedicated to the King of Pop.
For more offbeat tours, check out the full list at Woman’s Day.