Stories That Send You Abroad

It doesn’t take much for us to be inspired to travel. A book that transports you to places that fill you with awe will have you seeking a new destination to visit. Are you looking for a good book to inspire your next travel adventure? 

These books have taken us around the world and beyond. We have explored new languages, studied art, embraced new cultures and dared to travel outside our comfort zones because of these stories that captivated our hearts.  

I hope these books fill you with the same wanderlust that it did us:



Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead


This re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, beginning in the fictional Atlantis and traveling to the British Isles, with references to the fierce but dwindling Roman Empire the savage picts, and the beautifully adorned Celts, has inspired me multiple times over in my studies and travels of both Ireland and the United Kingdom, and eventually Rome as well. I have had the opportunity to study and visit ancient sites, such as Stonehenge, and appreciate how the art of that time period can still be seen today, especially in Ireland and in older structures in the United Kingdom.  Stokes OShields



Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans


Probably one of the first places I ever wanted to travel to was Paris, France, thanks to reading the Madeline books when I was younger. As a young girl, I remember loving the Madeline stories and even naming my dog after her beloved chocolate lab, Genevieve. The artwork in it especially inspired my love of Paris and made me want to study more of the French language and eventually I visited there. 

Stokes OShields



Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes


My mom gave me this book as she dropped me off at the Atlanta airport for my summer abroad in Tuscany. We had always loved the movie because of the beautiful cinematogr