Turn Your Passion into a Travel Adventure

Niche tourism is defined as “special interest” tourism or in other words, travel markets tailored to meet the needs of a specific customer.  Niche tourism is usually divided into broad segments such as photographic tourism, religious tourism, cultural and heritage tourism, adventure tourism, wildlife tourism and …special interest tourism, but really the sky’s the limit.  There are tours, resorts and localities that cater to just about anything people are interested in.

For instance, along the lines of pop culture tourism, here are some popular destinations:

  • Dyersville, Iowa to see the cornfields featured in the movie Field of Dreams
  • New Zealand, where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed
  • Prince Edward Island, where the Anne of Green Gables novels take place
  • Forks, Washington, the primary setting for the Twilight novels and movies
  • Metropolis, Illinois, the official home of Superman

Do you have a hobby you love?  Perhaps you’d like to take a garden tour or a square dance cruise.  If you have a morbid curiosity about death and suffering, maybe you’ve been yearning to take a trip to the scene of the Hindenburg airship or other disaster.  If you’re a New Ager, you might want to take a tour where you can travel to and perform rituals at religious sites such as the Great Pyramid in Egypt.  The possibilities are endless.

Here are some titles from the stacks to get you started:

For the culinary adventurer -

  • Roadfood: the Coast-to-Coast Guide to 700 of the Best Barbecue Joints…by Jane Stern (910.2 STE)
  • Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris by Clotilde Dusoulier (914.436 DUS)
  • Ant Egg Soup: the Adventures of a Food Tourist in Laos by Natacha Du Pont de Bie (915.94 DUP)

 For the garden enthuiast -

  • The Garden Lovers Guide to Ireland by Terence Reeves-Smyth
  • Gardens of France by Anita Pereire
  • and many more

For the religious or history minded -

  • Bed and Blessings Italy: A Guide to Convents and Monasteries Available for Overnight Lodging by June Walsh (914.5 WAL)
  • Lodging in France’s Monasteries: Inexpensive Accommodations, Remarkable Historic Buildings, Memorable Settings by Eileen Barish (914.4 BAR)
  • Walking the Bible a Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler (915.6 FEI)

 For the nature-lover -

  • Nature Travel by Dwight Holing (917.3 HOL)
  • The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane (914.1 MAC)

 If you’re wild about pop culture -

All these are by Chris Epting, pop culture and trivia enthusiast.

  • James Dean Died Here: the Locations of America’s Pop Culture Landmarks (917.3 EPT)
  • Marilyn Monroe Dyed Here: More Locations of America’s Pop Culture Landmarks (917.3 EPT)
  • Led Zepplin Crashed Here: the Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America (917.3 EPT)

 For the quirky and very specific traveler -

  • Among Warriors: a Woman Martial Artist in Tibet by Pamela Logan (915.15 LOG)
  • Invisible Frontier: Exploring the Tunnels, Ruins and Rooftops of Hidden New York by L.B. Deyo (917.471 DEY)
  • Storybook Travels: From Eloise’s New York to Harry Potter’s London Visits to 30 of the Best-Loved Landmarks in Children’s Literature by Colleen Dunn Bates (910.2 BAT)

 And, for the sports enthusiast -

  • Adventure Golf — World’s Top 10 Golf Courses – a DVD narrated by Ian Cross with special features like course layouts and 3-D course graphics (910.202 ADV)
  • Golf Magazine Great Getaways: the Best of Three and Four Day Golf Trips (910.202 GOL)
  • Skiing and Boarding by Peter Oliver (910.202 OLI)
  • Several books on diving and snorkeling in locations from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to Tahiti and French Polynesia

 

Donna Casey

I work in Circulation as a senior library associate. I love mysteries, traveling, gardens and libraries. My favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Patricia Cornwell and Harlan Coben, but I enjoy any well-plotted mystery.

  • Lissa

    This list is awesome! I have usually traveled to visit relatives, but sometimes I have also worked the trips around seeing a favorite band play in a different city, or seeing a favorite sports team play in a different ballpark :)

  • Nate

    Just had to comment that I’ve been to the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, and would highly recommend it to any baseball, movie, or Field of Dreams fan.

  • Kim

    So, Lissa, I’m thinking Arlington is at the top of your must-see cities this fall? Congrats!