These are the best destinations for books lovers - and SA ranks high!

Book lovers might tend to travel a bit more in their imaginations, but that doesn't mean they can't pursue their adventures in the real world either.

Whether you want to walk in the footsteps of literary greats or want to disappear into mythical libraries, you can build entire itineraries around a destination's book tourism. But don't know where to go?

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Travel company Real Russia crunched the data on countries' number of literary events and festivals, famous writers born there and books published, number of libraries and famous landmarks that celebrate the written word in one way or another.

These factors gave thirty countries a Book Lovers Score, while novelists and books published were each given a half-weighted score to balance out the differences in size and population across the countries.

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The US took the number one spot for its massive number of literary events - 219 in total - as well as the most novelists. Second and third place was taken by India and the UK - the Asian country has over a thousand libraries in total, while the UK is home to literary landmarks of world-famous authors like Jane Austen's House Museum and Shakespeare's home in Stratford-up-Avon.

But where did we rank?

South Africa took the 11th spot, as well as the number one spot in Africa! We have 89 libraries across the country, and have a decent amount of literary festivals that celebrate local and African writers from the past and the present, while nurturing the writers of the future. These include the Woordfees, Jozi Book Fair and the McGregor Poetry Festival.

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We also have an array of lovely book nooks that would make great stopovers on long road trips, or check out our lovely libraries like the National Library in Pretoria, the beautiful Centre for the Book in Cape Town, the National English Literature Museum in Grahamstown or check out a monument dedicated to the Afrikaans language in Paarl.

Here are the world's top 11 Book Lovers destinations.

1. US

What to see: Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

2. India

What to see: Rabindranath Tagore House

3. UK

What to see: Shakespeare's Globe

4. Russia

What to see: Writer suburb Peredelkino

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5. Canada

What to see: Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush

6. France

What to see: Richelieu Library

7. Germany

What to see: The Book Burning Memorial in Bebelplatz

8. Australia

What to see: Mortlock Chamber in the State Library of South Australia

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9. Italy

What to see: Keats-Shelley House

10. New Zealand

What to see: Hobbiton

11. South Africa

What to see: Taal Monument

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Compiled by Gabi Zietsman

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