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Great literature can bring places to life, stirring our wanderlust as it fires our imagination. Whether it’s the story of a search for buried treasure, a battle against one's inner demons, or an epic, perilous journey home, brilliant books can inspire us to hit the road.

So if you're out for adventure but short on ideas, why not take a leaf out of one of these timeless tomes, recreating the fantastic journeys of their protagonists as they venture forth in search of excitement, wealth and new beginnings. Not read the source text? Pack a copy – there’s nothing like reading a classic paperback in the place where it's set.

Follow Odysseus' route to the beautiful island of Paxi, but go easy on the wine © Mila Atkovska / Shutterstock

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