What vacation's complete without a stop at the local bookshop? How could you pass up walking through a new town's library?
Literature is a safe space for everyone — something we all appreciate. So why not take a look to see how different cultures celebrate stories?
Whether you're finally taking that summer vacation you've been dreaming of or randomly planning a much-needed trip away from the office, check out these seven places that are sure to bring delight to every bookworm's heart:
1. The one-room reading cabin in the woods
What's better than snuggling up with a good book? Nothing.
The architects at Studio Padron certainly kept this mantra in mind while creating a one-room reading nook in upstate New York.
Forget camping — this wood cabin is the way to go. Now all we need with our Book of the Month selection is a hot cup of tea.
2. The shelves at sea
Grab a cannoli, a bottle of wine and a gondola to accompany you to Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy.
It's certainly one of the most romantic and unique bookstores I've ever encountered (OK, I haven't actually been, but I will some day).
How could you not peruse this shelf while the beautiful sea glistens alongside you? Italy is so magical, huh?
3. The bookstore on the barge
Combining a love of the sea with a love of a good story (much like Libreria Acqua Alta), Word on the Water in London is a busy barge with even busier shelves and social events like readings and music shows.
Add this to your London travel list!
4. The theater-turned bookshop
Have you seen a bookstore more majestic?
El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires was once the Teatro Grand Splendid. It was turned into a bookstore in 2000, and without a doubt, it's one of the most glamorous places to get lost in the stacks.
5. The Parisian go-to
Shakespeare And Company, the Parisian bookshop that incorporates writers' residences, is tres chic and most definitely deserves a visit when you indulge in a French vacation.
6. Hem's house
Next time you're in Florida, take a tour of Ernest Hemingway's house for a little literary inspo.
It's beautiful, tropical and it might persuade you to create your own version of "The Old Man and the Sea."
7. Poe's place
Take a tour of Edgar Allan Poe's home in the Bronx if you need to get some spooky stories flowing. Just try not to go insane while you're there.
Citations: The 15 best places to be if you love books (Pinterest), 19 Magical Bookshops Every Book Lover Must Visit (BuzzFeed), World's coolest bookstores (CNN), 15 Book-Tourism Destinations For Literature-Lovers That You Have To Put On Your Bucket List (Bustle)