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Travel Spots

10 Must-See Harry Potter Sights

For someone born in the ‘90s, I somehow missed the Harry Potter train until my sophomore year of college. I blame it on my childhood hipster taste in books. But my late start hasn’t derailed the number of Harry Potter sights I’ve visited. If I, a rather mediocre fan, feel a fluttering of nerdiness at these places, I can guarantee they will reduce the True Fans to Tears of Fandom.

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Travel Spots

5 Stops on the Real Jane Austen Pilgrimage

The first time I went to England, my itinerary had a very distinct theme: Jane Austen. I have interested in Jane Austen since I was 13, and a hardcore fan since I was 16. I’ve read all her books at least once, and most of them upwards of six times. To me, Jane Austen is a Big Deal.

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Travel Spots

4 Things Not to Miss in Inverness

For the book-lovers out there, you cannot miss a visit to Leakey’s if you’re in Inverness. This second-hand bookstore, which claims to be “Scotland’s largest collection of old, rare and second-hand books and maps,” is housed in an 18th century church.

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Tips and Tricks

5 Ways to Sleep in a Party Hostel

I’ve previously written about my accidental stay in a Barcelona party hostel. In sum: I’m the queen of introverts, the Darcy of parties, and on my first visit to a hostel I wound up in a rumpus party center. But I was more interested in touring during the day than living it up at night. Besides, true to my high school nickname of “The Sleep Tsar,” I value sleep. A lot.