There are 27 days remaining for us to reach our Kickstarter goal. We are excited by the process and all that is on the horizon for Literary Traveler. We are really enthusiastic about this project and dedicated to making it happen, but we need your help. Check out our Kickstarter page and be sure to watch our video, featuring Literary Traveler’s own Francis McGovern, Antoinette Weil and myself. We had a lot of fun shooting the video in Somerville, MA. We filmed in our office, as well as at the Prohibition-style bar, Saloon, in nearby Davis Square.
For the video, we hoped to capture a day in the LT office, where we often have collaborative brainstorming sessions and discuss future projects. You may not be able to tell what we are talking about during some of the shots, but we are deep in conversation about our vision for the pilot episode of our literary travel series. There is something about travel that meshes so well with literature and I can’t believe that there is not already a show like ours on mainstream television.
I have been a long-time fan of the Travel Channel. I will watch almost anything, from Samantha Brown to Ghost Adventures. Whatever the hook, I enjoy travel shows because they take you on a journey to someplace you haven’t been, allow you to experience the sites, smells and tastes of a place very different from where you are.
Travel inspires, sparks new ideas, surrounds us in new experiences — literature does the same. Literature can have such an amazing sense of place, with settings chosen purposefully by an author who found inspiration there. How interesting is it to consider how location impacts writers, how their own personal journeys influence their work and, ultimately, how we can traverse the same journey on a unique trip of our own.
I’ve had the travel bug for as long as I can remember. As a child, I never played house or planned fake weddings. Instead, I played travel agent. I would fill out the postcard inserts from my parents’ travel magazines, check off all the boxes, and send away for travel brochures for everywhere in the continental United States. My parents were often confused why they received multiple mailings for Mississippi river boat cruises, but I just smuggled them into my bedroom and hoarded them away in a desk drawer that almost didn’t close.
As an adult, I travel every chance I can and when I am not traveling I still enjoy watching travel shows on television, constantly planning dream adventures, most of which I will someday take. In the meantime, I’ve been known to pass an afternoon living vicariously through the Travel Channel. But, as much as I enjoy watching Adam Richman go up against the world’s biggest burger, or watching historic haunted locations through night vision, I think there is a place for literary travelers in the genre as well. There are so many amazing literary journeys to take and Literary Traveler has the passion, the drive and the wanderlust to be your guide.