Classic Books with Vicarious Vacation Vibes

Posted by Ericka Smith on

After 2020, we could all use a break.

A vacation of epic proportions.

Some footloose and fancy-free time.

You know what I mean?

But let's face it. After 2020, a lot of us are pinching pennies. A lot of us don't have disposable income. A lot of us are staying put.

If that describes your current situation, fret not, my friend. Here are some Classic Books with {Awesome} Vicarious Vacation Vibes.

1. Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Perhaps you remember this as a must-read Spring book? That's okay. The season isn't the star of this über vacation-y book, the destination is. If you're hankering for a girls trip and don't mind staying in a beautiful Italian castle on the Mediterranean, grab this book. You'll be soaking up some Tuscan sun in no time.

2. Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck

Dine with truckers.

Encounter bears.

See San Francisco.

Experience the kindness of strangers.

If you're up for it, Steinbeck and his poodle (Charley) have a road trip you're not likely to forget.

3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Travel the famed Route 66 in another time, one that is bound to make your money woes seem better than before you began this book. Trust me. Not going on a vacation this summer is small grapes by comparison. #perspective

4. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Experience Mark Twain's best-selling book during his lifetime and one of the best-selling travel books of all time. The Innocents Abroad is a humorous five-month voyage to Europe (including stops in Paris, Italy, Greece, Egypt, & the Holy Land) in a post-Civil War setting. So, kind of a timey-wimey traveling vacay in a book.

5. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Tour Italy with Miss Honeychurch and her spinsterly cousin. Witness some drama. It's not too late to start a summer romance with this little English gem.

Think I missed one? Do share. Leave your suggestions for Classic Books with Vicarious Vacation Vibes in the comments.

Note: Each of the books above is an Amazon affiliate link. Costs you nothing, but will sprinkle pennies my way if you choose to buy. For which I would be grateful. I am collecting those pennies to buy my IT guy a cuppa joe.

PSST! If you're into vicarious reads, could use a pick-me-up, & enjoy getting happy mail, check out the Edith Wharton Book Box. Available in limited quantities and for a very limited time.


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  • I love the triple V!! I have read A Room With a View and The Grapes Of Wrath; from the descriptions of the others I am going to add Innocents Abroad and Travels With Charley to my TBR list. I am definitely looking forward to an epic toad trip of my own one day.

    Lynda A on

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