Skimming through a Popsugar list of ways to have a better European vacation, (https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Europe-Trip-Tips-43838449#photo-43838992 ) I found this direct hit for the Totebag crowd. It combines travel with fiction.
If you think reading guidebooks before embarking on your journey paints the picture, try devouring a delicious plot that captures the culture, scenery, and must dos of a destination all at the same time. There isn’t a destination anywhere (not just in Europe) that isn’t written about prolifically.
As an example, if Cinque Terre is on your bucket list, read Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter first.
Totebaggers, suggest pairing of literature, art or film with your previous, scheduled or wish list destinations.