Where Would You Go and Who Would You Be?

Now that it's August, I'm wishing I hadn't taken all my vacations earlier in the year.

I'm about 10,000 words away from completing the first draft of Fred and Lyne's story and I'd love to take a reading break somewhere.

So, inspired by a recent post of Joshua's, here are the top five places I want to vacation:

The Highlands and the Scottish Isles
(image from Wikimedia Commons)

Hay-on-Wye, Wales: So many bookshops, so small a baggage allowance on the flight home...
(screenshot from the Old Hay site)

Anywhere in the middle of Italy
(Valley by Fabrizio Conti from Public Domain Pictures)

Hobbiton. Er, I mean, New Zealand
(screenshot from Cool Pictures)

On the Orient Express, from London to Istanbul
(image from Wikimedia Commons)

Of course, none of this is likely to happen any time soon. Not to mention, I'm supposed to be editing

Meanwhile, Margo had a fun list the other day too: Top Ten Characters I'd Switch Places With

I agree with Margo on Lucy Pevensie, Eowyn and Hermione, and I can think of three more right off the bat:

Claire at the end of Voyager, when she's got a whole new world ahead of her with Jamie at her side (by the way, Karen's hosting an Outlander Photo Contest!)

The mother/author in The Railway Children

Anne Shirley, the year that she lives in her House of Dreams

Where would you go and who would you be?


Karen Henry said…
Thanks for mentioning my OUTLANDER Photo Contest! I hope you and some of your blog-readers will participate. :-)

S.P. Bowers said…
Oooh, I don't know which character I'd switch places with. Usually I like my life. Though I wouldn't mind experiencing being a selkie. But only for a little while.
S.P. Bowers said…
I forgot to mention that Wales, Scotland and New Zealand are also on my to visit list. Also Russia. I really want to go to Russia.
Unknown said…
Most of these are on my list as well! New Zealand may very will end up being my next "big trip." Did Italy/Tuscany a couple of years ago and loved every single second. (Still dreaming about it, actually. :)

All of those UK Islands are near the top of my wish list, too.
Jemi Fraser said…
Fun question! As long as I got to come back to my own life, I'd love to be a gold dragonrider of Pern for a while!
Zan Marie said…
I'd go anywhere that it's not high, hot, humid summer! Can you tell what our weather has been forever. ; )

As for characters, I'd love to be Claire Fraser or Bree Fraser McKenzie. : )
Anonymous said…
This post makes me want to travel. I've been pining for Alaska and Hawaii.

I've always been curious about James and the Giant Peach. It would be interesting to live in an oversized fruit.
Liz Fichera said…
I have the traveling bug lately. Bad. I've had Scottland and a return trip to Italy on my mind.

P.S. Thanks for the kind comments on my blog today, Deniz. It's been kind of a crazy summer out my way. Sorry I've been a stranger. :)
nutschell said…
How cool! I would love to visit all those places as well! My cousin lives in NZ and is constantly talking about where they shoot LOTR and the Hobbit

I'll take Italy. Or the south of France. Sigh.
Carolyn Abiad said…
The Orient Express trip kills lots of birds with one stone, hey? Think of all the places in between. ;)

Who would I trade places with? That is a tough question, but your list sounds good. :)
Anonymous said…
As lame as it sounds, I'd like to take the time to simply tour the entire U.S. Don't know who I'd trade places with...
Angela Brown said…
Where would I go and who would I be?
Dear me, I'd love to go to New Zealand. And I wouldn't mind trading places with Hermione. She got to kick a lot of butt :-)
Unknown said…
Hay on Wye is amazing! I love their honest bookshelves - they're bookcases out in the open and in public spaces. You take what you want and pay what you think is fair for it. It's an excellent system.
Vicki Tremper said…
Ooh great list. I'll just steal yours. Although I'd have to add Cape Town, South Africa.

Have fun editing!
Now those sound like some great places. I'd love to visit Hobbiton too. Good luck with the WIP.
Al said…
Those are some pretty impressive and widely shared wishes!
Nadja Notariani said…
Oh! The Places I'd Go!...lol.

Scotland - the Highlands
All around the Mediterranean.
St. Petersburg
Germany - all of it. The Black Forest first.

I'm on a Native American reading kick for some research ...and I would like to meet a real Indian and learn their way of life. I would live in a teepee and be wild and free. I would see their dances - and marvel (and maybe shudder) at the fierce, painted warriors. In learning about how they view life and living (at least in the 1700 and 1800's) I have discovered a simplicity - yet a wisdom - that appeals to my way of thinking.

Fascinating all around.
Hi Deniz .. I'd love a brief holiday in a beautiful setting with some built in exercises .. light food - and a place where I could sleep loads - then I might come out of hibernation ready for the winter ... anon I suspect - though will have lots of travel around the UK in the coming months ... & perhaps South Africa ..not sure though.

Cheers - love your thoughts and this post - Hilary
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks Karen! I've got an idea for my photo...

I'd like to try being a selkie too, Sara!

I hope you get to go, E. J.!

Great choice, Jemi.

Take me with you, Zan Marie! It's too darn humid here...

Oh that's a fun choice Medeia!

I'd love to see Italy, Liz.

I'm jealous, nutschell - I'd love to see NZ.

I'll sigh with you, Karen.

Exactly, Carolyn! I want to see all of Europe!

I'd like to see more of the US too, Linda - I haven't even been to the west coast!

Love Hermione, Angela :-)

They do?? I didn't know that, Jamie. All the more reason to visit.

Thanks, Vicki and Madeleine and Al!

I'll come all around the Mediterranean with you, Nadja. and back in time too :-)

Love your travel idea, Hilary.
I'd like to spend a spring or summer in Paris and write. And if I had to choose a character, I'd choose one from Hogwarts. Definitely want to be able to do magic, but I'd like to stay under Voldemort's radar.

So exciting that you're so close to the end!
Kate OMara said…
We could be great traveling companions, as our lists are nearly the same!
Deniz Bevan said…
I want to do magic too, Theresa!

Let's go, Kate!
LR said…
I'd like to see more of Italy too. Definitely. Other places: Iceland, New Mexico again (what a contrast)... And many more!

Can't think of a character I'd like to trade with. Anne's not a bad idea... So pretty where she lived.
Deniz Bevan said…
You're right, LR - I haven't even visited PEI yet!