Gotten bored with the generic beaches and mainstream tourist spots the world has been advertising? That’s probably the geeky adventurer in you has been looking for something that sings to your soul. The world is still VERY big and there are still so many places to visit out there.
Including the magical places to visit.
Sadly, magic doesn’t really exists (or maybe it does and you have proof but a higher up is silencing you, it’s okay I believe you ssh) so we have to make do with what the people up there in Hollywood — and other movie-making studios – has come up with. At least the ones that they managed to bring to life, thanks to the amazing authors of popular books.
Behold, my geeky travelling friend.
Hatley Castle, British Columbia – X-Men’s “School for Gifted Youngsters”
Remember that wonderful school Professor X made for children that happen to be mutants? Well, in the real world, you can visit it for a fee of $18.50. While visiting the place won’t exactly awaken any dormant mutant powers in you, you CAN look around and get something historical to fill up your brain. That, or just roam around and excitedly point out the places you’ve seen from the movies.
Edinburg, Scotland – Harry Potter’s “Diagon Alley”
Or more like “Diagon House”, where Diagon Alley was actually inspired from. The author of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling herself, actually came from this place, which is why so many of the places in the book are inspired from this place.
Hobbiton, New Zealand – The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit’s “The Shire”
Yes, this place that we have been seeing since we were children actually EXISTS. The only thing missing here are actual hobbits. But not to worry, when you visit Hobbiton, you YOURSELF will feel like a hobbit yourself. They were built to be big so the actors could appear small in them. So if you want to relive your childhood (and possible past crushes on a certain elf), visit the real world’s The Shire.
Zhangjiajie National Park, China – “Avatar”
They call this place “Avatar Mountains”, did you know that? James Cameron’s Avatar really hit it off back when it aired. Even the ones (like me) who haven’t really seen the movie actually KNOW what the movie is about. Avatar Mountains is as magical as you would think, minus the actual magic stuff. This place was chosen for its natural beauty, a good place to get yourself lost in. imagine that you’re one of the blue-skinned tribesmen and just… enjoy nature.
Hey, with the rate Elon Musk is going, maybe we can even get to see a Star Wars-esque theme park in outer space soon. Space has always been a geek-culture thing, albeit in the science fiction side of things. If it were me, I would want a theme park in the Bermuda Triangle. But that’s a story for another time.