Anyhoo, I've divided it up into fictional and real places. I have another list of ten literary places I don't want to visit, but I'll save that for another day.
1. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I'd love to go anywhere in the wizarding world, actually, as long as there are no Death Eaters or other minions of Voldemort. Luckily, I'm planning a trip to Florida to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so that will have to do for now. Only 88 days to go!
3. Bookworld, from Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. How cool would it be to jump into a world where literary characters are real? A must-read series for people who love literature. It doesn't always make sense to me, but I love all the literary jokes -- my favorite is the bit where a piano ends up in Jane Austen's Emma by mistake. Hilarious.
4. Narnia, during the Golden Age, the reign of High King Peter and the royal Pevensie children. Wouldn't it be amazing to live among magical people, unicorns, centaurs, and talking animals? Almost as good as having magical powers.
5. Cranford, England, the eponymous village created by Elizabeth Gaskell. I'd give Miss Pole something to gossip about, and drink lots of tea with Miss Matty.
1. Regency England. Of course with my luck I'd be a cook or a maid, or a cranky old governess. Actually, I'd really like to be an invisible time traveler, so I could see it all without having to explain who I was, like Amanda in Lost in Austen (a very cute movie if you like the Jane Austenish stuff). Then I could travel back in time so I could enjoy modern conveniences and medical care.
2. Cornwall, England. Specifically, I want to visit Manderlay, or something like it, so I can wake up and say, "Last night, I dreamt I was at Manderlay again." Just like Mrs. de Winter, but without the scary housekeeper in Rebecca.
2. Gabarone, Botswana. I've always wanted to see Africa, and after reading The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, I think Botswana would be an excellent choice.
4. The Orient Express. Someday, I'd love to take a long train ride, with a beautiful private compartment, lovely food, and gracious service. I'm usually jammed in a tiny airplane seat with rude people and bad food. I'd love to travel in style. But without a murder, thank you very much.
5. Provence in the south of France. I loved Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, wish I could go. The French countryside, fresh farmer's markets, antiques, amazing food -- what's not to like?
I could go on and on, but for today, those are my top picks. I'd love to hear where other book lovers want to go, and why. Please let me know!