Friday, August 4, 2017

Oh The Amazing Places You Can Travel to With a Book

by Maureen L. Bonatch 
Photo from our vacation at Islamorada, Florida
While on vacation this year at Key West, Florida, we talked with a girl, who said that she spent two months traveling on a boat, and currently lived on a sailboat and absolutely loved it. I stood there with a million questions running through my mind. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around living like that since it was so foreign to what I was accustomed to.

I could feel her enthusiasm, but shuddered at the thought of enduring the long hot nights until she saved up for some kind of air conditioning­—while I envisioned having so few possessions and so much freedom. Yet, I knew in reality I could never live that life. I was too set in my ways, too much of a willing slave to my routines and possessions. But in my imagination, I could live that life.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

As a writer her story intrigued me. It would be a fabulous setting for a character, or something I would enjoy reading about. Because as a writer, and a reader, there’s something magical about exploring places I might never see. For every beach I walk upon, I think of a book I read years ago about sea turtles, I believe it was The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe. I know nothing about sea turtles, but after reading this book, in my mind I think I kind of do, because I lived that life with that character.

What an indescribable joy to live so many lives in one lifetime. In reality, I’ve lived in one state all of my life, but in my mind I’ve been to many places that exist in the world, and others that only exist in an author’s imagination—and mine.

Get On The Train

There are two camps. Those who love Disney and all it entails and those who…don’t. I admit it. I’m in the second camp. I kind of put all those places—Disney, Epcot & Universal etc.— in one category.  I apologize to all of you who adore this magical world. It could’ve been a few unpleasant experiences, or it might’ve been because I’m rather introverted and don’t enjoy masses of people and long lines, but so far I’ve never seen the magic that enchants others.

But now that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter world exists in ‘reality’ at Universal Studios, I have to admit I would really love to see that. To be able to actually physically arrive at Platform of 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station (and not just in my imagination) and get on the train to Hogwarts would be fabulous.

I’ve been to Hogwarts in my mind many times and could only imagine the thrill of seeing it brought to live and how amazing that must feel to J.K. Rowling to see her imaginary world introduced to reality— to mere Muggles ;)

I’ve Never Left the Mountain

I live in Pennsylvania, so there are always some mountains in view, but they’re not the Misty Mountains. You know, The Mountains of Moria. Those of you who’ve read the Hobbit, and the Lord of The Rings books will understand. I read these books years ago, but I still think of that world as if it actually exists because the author brought it to life so magically.

They enchanted me, and still do. I traveled through those mountains with Bilbo Baggins and his crew and experienced the awe and terror they endured. I loved it­—in my imagination. In reality I might be more of a wimp than a warrior.

Sail Away

Photo from our vacation at Islamorada, Florida
I love puttering around in my home, surrounded by familiar things and places. Thus, exploring the world writing or reading a good book is a fabulous way to get away from the everyday all while staying in the comfort home. 

There are days I just want to sail away from all my troubles and daily stressors, and I can, just by sitting down with a book, or writing a new character. Perhaps one who lives on a sailboat might be in my foreseeable future.

Do You Have a Favorite Book Destination?

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Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keep her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu, her teen twins & alpha hubby keep her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Instagram


Diane Burton said...

Great post, Maureen. I loved the references to Hogwarts and LOR. I read The Hobbit to my last 6th grade class years ago. We were all transported to that magical kingdom. Every book I read takes me to places I've never been or to a place I've visited. I used to be adventurous but I'm a homebody now. Limited mobility puts a crimp on traveling far away. But in a book, I can visit anywhere I want.

Francesca Quarto said...

The imagination is the best road least traveled! I too am a puttering, house-keeper. I do some great daydreaming with my hands wrapped in yellow gloves while my mind travels one of those roads.
Thanks for sharing.

Francesca Q.

CJ Burright said...

That's why I love reading so much - books are open doors to other worlds! I grew up in the Oregon country, and while I was reading Tolkien at a young age, I used to watch the mist rise from the trees and imagine there were elves and hobbits out there. I searched for them while riding my horse in those woods, but alas. Never found them. :)

Marissa Garner said...

I'm with you on the living-on-a-boat thing. Couldn't and don't want to.
We visited the Harry Potter venues at Universal Florida a couple years ago. Absolutely awesome! Had been to Epcot years ago and now it seems very outdated. Too much Disneyland here to even visit Magic Kingdom in FL.

I also enjoy reading about places I will probably never visit. In the mind is better than not at all.

Maureen said...

Thanks for visiting ladies. I usually prefer my imaginary travel- no packing, you don't forget anything, it's never too hot and you still have the comforts of home :)

Nancy Gideon said...

Anne Rice transported me to New Orleans and I couldn't WAIT to go there. Still my favorite place to visit . . . and base my books.

Maureen said...

I'd love to go to New Orleans. Never been- except with Anne Rice :)