These Four Romance Novels Will Have You Bitten by the Travel Bug
By Caden Armstrong
Have you been bit by the travel bug?. It’s a serious thing. The travel bug, which makes us want to go everywhere and anywhere, fuels everyone at some point in their lives. For me, it struck me right as I was applying to university and helped me chose to go to school in Europe. However, I do not only have a passion for traveling but books as well. I especially love a good romance that takes place in a country or city that I love. I love reading about places all over the world because it is so exciting when I finally get to visit that place and experience it through my own eyes and the eyes of characters that I know and love. Down below I am going to share some of my favorite places I have been to and some romance novels that take place in those cities.
Edinburgh→ On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
One of my all time favorite cities is Edinburgh, Scotland. There are so many incredible books that are set in Scotland, like Outlander for example; but today I wanted to focus on one of my new favorite romance books, On Dublin Street. Most of Samantha Young’s books take place in the beautiful city of Edinburgh or relate in some way to Scotland. Edinburgh was the first place I ever traveled to outside of the United States, so it has a very special place in my heart. The city is absolutely beautiful, full of all kinds of history and Harry Potter nerdom. I have been back two times and will never get enough of this city. Here are some of my personal favorite places to go in the city if you get the chance!
The Royal Mile
The Scott Monument
The Elephant Cafe
Synopsis for On Dublin Street (From Goodreads):
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare … Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.
Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he's determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.
But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won't be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her . . . down to the very soul.
Florence→ Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
One place that I read about and always wanted to go to was Florence, Italy. Growing up as a teen, one of the books that made me fall in love with the city was Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. This book took place in the heart of Florence and followed a young American girl exploring the city for the first time (and, of course, falling in love in the process). It is a gorgeous story of love and loss and family. I really recommend reading it! I recently got the chance to visit this incredible city, and it was everything I imagined it would be. Here are some of my favorite places I explored!
Synopsis for Love & Gelato (From Goodreads):
“I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.
Paris has a very special place in my heart and in my life. I recently moved to Paris for college, but I’ve always been fascinated by this beautiful city. Living in Paris is completely different than just visiting the city. This city is like an organism, always moving and breathing, always changing; yet it still has so much history. One book that made me want to move to Paris was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This book is one that helped shape me as a person and as a reader growing up. It is one of my all time favorite books and really one of the huge reasons I took the leap of moving abroad.
Cathedral Notre Dame
Saint Etienne Du Mont Church
Synopsis for Anna and the French Kiss (From Goodreads):
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?
A book that I always recommend to people who love to travel is I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski. When I read this lovely summer romance, I instantly fell in love with the relatable characters and story. I also loved that it gave me a list of places I should go to one day. One of the places that the characters spend a lot of time in is Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I got to visit Amsterdam over my fall break a few weeks ago, and I fell in love with the city. It is such an intricately beautiful town full of life and history. I went on a canal tour, visited the Anne Frank House (a truly eye-opening and beautiful place), and went to the Rijksmuseum, which has one of the most amazing libraries I have ever seen! It was really fun to re-read I See London, I See France while I was on the train from Paris to Amsterdam, and I couldn't have asked for a better romance to reread!
Boekhandel Scheltema (Bookstore)
Make sure to take a Canal Tour!
Synopsis for I See London, I See France (From Goodreads):
I see London, I see France, I see Sydney’s underpants.
Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.
As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera…wearing only her polka-dot underpants.
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About the Author
My name is Caden Armstrong. I am 18 years old, and the owner of the Instagram @athousandbookstoread and the YouTube Channel 'A Thousand Books To Read!' I am a new freshman, starting college in Paris! I love to write, read and connect with others about how amazing fandoms and books are.
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