Vacations for the geekily inclined can be a tricky business. I don’t want to generalise, but we’re generally the sorts whose delicate complexions are easily ravaged by the sun and who are a little bored by the prospect of spending two weeks sitting around in the sun not doing much. With that in mind, here’s a collection of destinations perfectly suited for anyone with a bit of nerd in them.
The Lord of the Rings Tour, New Zealand
The Lord of the Rings, the epic novel by fantasy visionary J.R.R. Tolkien was brought to life on the big screen by Peter Jackson in 2001, using the breathtaking New Zealand scenery as its backdrop. Now you too can discover and explore the real Middle Earth by visiting the Hobbiton movie set. Having been remodelled, it is just as it was in the film trilogy. From the set, which is located on a plot of private farmland near Matamata in Northern New Zealand, you can see the picturesque and vast scenery and immerse yourself in the swords and sorcery atmosphere.Your trip also wouldn’t be complete without dining at The Shires Rest Café and Store where you can take home a special and appropriately themed souvenir from your visit.
Kennedy Space Centre, Orlando, Florida
The iconic Kennedy Space Center has been the launch site for every human space flight in America since 1968 and now you too can experience the launch headquarters. The visitors’ complex, first opened in 1995, allows you to see and enjoy a variety of artefacts and exhibits on both the history and future of space travel. From here you can also jump on a bus tour around the whole site which is more than eight times larger than Manhattan. This unique tour allows the visitors to get up close to landing facilities and rockets as well as immerse themselves in astronaut life with live shows and simulators. Ever wondered what is beyond our Earth? Well this is the place to come and find out.
Titan Missile Museum, Arizona
The Titan Missile Museum is the only remaining Titan 2 site open to the viewing public and offers a unique insight into a time political uncertainty and the ever-present threat of nuclear war between America and the Soviet Union. For over twenty years the 54 missiles were on 24 hour alert and could launch their devastating payloads in just 58 seconds. A trademark of the “Cold War” era, the museum shows the remains of the conflict and provides education and history of the nuclear conflict. Offering a wide range of tours including a descent underground to the launch control centre where you can experience a missile launch, a tour of the silo is a great idea for anyone with a taste for history.
Star Wars spotting, Tunisia
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”; well actually that “galaxy” isn’t so far away at all. In reality, four of the film locations for the Star Wars movies were right here on Earth, in Tunisia in fact. Tunisia was used as the backdrop for the Tatooine sets and now you can wander around them and even stay in Luke Skywalker’s house which has been turned into a hotel in Matmata. This unique hotel has a bar decorated with Star Wars memorabilia and the menu itself is Star Wars inspired. You can now vacation and be taken to all the Star Wars sights over a 9 day trip. This includes the gates of Mos Espa, the Pod-racing arena and the Mos Espa streets with Watto'’s shop, and Sebulba's Café.
Comic Con, San Diego, California
Founded in 1970, Comic-Con is a four day event celebrating comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and film and television. Now this has been expanded to include many genres such as animation, manga, anime and video games. The convention is the largest in America with over 130,000 attendees in 2010. This is the only place to be for anyone who loves their sci-fi and fantasy. Amongst other things there are talks and conferences with the chance for fans to see previews of up coming feature films and games. Head over to Artists Alley where you can get autographs from the comic artists who’ll also sell or do free sketches, and also fans can meet their favourite actors from the movies themselves. If that all isn’t good enough, it’s the one place you can dress up as your favourite cartoon character and nobody will bat an eyelid!
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