Have you ever experienced a moment in which you really wished you could visit a fictional location? If so, you’re probably completely insane. The good news is that you are not alone in your insanity. We here at 3 Chic Geeks share your urge to experience the fantastical lands of our fandoms. To help you plan your imaginary dream vacation, we have compiled a list of the top fictional places where we would love to take a vacation.
1. Rivendell (LotR)
The home of Elrond, Rivendell is one of the largest elven establishments at the end of the Third Age of Middle Earth. It is located in an idyllic valley, surrounded by forested mountains and waterfalls. Not only is it a place of great beauty, it is also a place of learning and great wisdom. It was at Rivendell that the meeting regarding the One ring was held for good reason. With the historical paintings and statues as indicators of an interest in history, plus the fact that Elrond has lived there for going on 5000 years, we can only imagine what sort of library is at Rivendell. Plus we want to hang out with elves.
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2. Hogsmeade (Harry Potter)
Of all the potential wizarding vacation spots, Hogsmeade was our top choice. Who could say no to a week spent sipping butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks or collecting chocolate frog cards from Honeydukes? A cozy little village in Scotland sounds like just the place to spend a week relaxing. Though Diagon Alley was a serious contender for this spot, ultimately Hogsmeade has one thing that secured it the win: a majestic view of Hogwarts.
Being the good little members of Loki’s army that we are here at 3 Chic Geeks, we simply couldn’t resist this one. Imagine the great feasts, the wondrous stories we’ve read being told straight from the sources, playing pranks on Thor with Loki. Plus you get to travel on a rainbow. Add all that to a glorious view of Earth and other realms from space, and you’ve got a vacation spot that you’ll be bragging about for years to come.
4. Citadel of Time Lords of Gallifrey (Doctor Who)
A majestic city settled on a planet with two suns? The very same planet where The Doctor himself grew up? Yes, please! We have a feeling that a vacation here would devolve into futile attempts to get admitted to the Time Lord Academy or else the constant nagging of time lords to make us their new companions. Of course, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
5. The Citadel (Mass Effect)
The Citadel in Mass Effect has to be one of the coolest places in the Universe. The gigantic floating space station functions as a melting pot for all of the different races of the galaxy. It is the hub of all politics and home to millions of inhabitants. Plus there is plenty of interesting entertainment to be found at the Citadel if you know where to look. While it does have some drawbacks (spoiler: it’s basically a giant trap meant to lead us all to our doom), we can overlook them. Why? Because it’s a giant flying city… in space!
6. Haven City, The Lower Elements (Artemis Fowl)
We don’t know about the rest of you, but the three of us tend to be slightly misanthropic. Thus, vacationing with a bunch of fairies away from Mud Men (aka humans) sounds very relaxing indeed. Enter an underground high-tech city, with natural spring hot water and flying vehicles. If you need to do shady business, just pop on over to the Market District, where criminals outnumber the honest citizens. Or, if you are bored, the fairy city of Atlantis is a short ride away. Best part? Getting back to the surface involves getting shot out of a canon and riding a wave of lava through a tunnel. Only fairy technology could let you pop out of a volcano and live to tell the tale, thank you very much.
7. Atlantis (Stargate Atlantis)
What can we say? We’re suckers for city-sized spaceships. The Atlantis is both full of awesome technology and is pretty to look at. This pleases us. Plus, the nerd within us is thrilled by the prospect of being able to access more information than we could possibly DREAM of from any terminal in the city. Atlantis is perfectly secure, thanks to a powerful shield that can be powered up and expanded to protect half of the hemisphere. While there’s a fairly good chance that we would get lost multiple times on this vacation, somehow we’re okay with that.
Wonderland: the crazy person’s garden of Eden. As avid tea drinkers of questionable sanity levels, Wonderland is the vacation spot that suits us the most. Every day would be an Unbirthday party the likes of which you’ve never seen before. It is simply impossible to get bored in Wonderland; whether you’re taking a short trip or going for an extended stay, there’s always something new to explore. This zany place would provide a welcome break from reality and the slim vestiges of sanity we have left.
9. Highgarden (Game of Thrones/ASoIaF)
Highgarden is the jewel of Westeros. Forget the frigid temperatures of the North, forget the dirty city of King’s Landing, Highgarden is the place to be. Situated in the south, Highgarden is surrounded by lush groves and fountains. The Tyrell family has a love of music and fine dining, making their castle an ideal location to relax.
This vacation spot is obvious, really. In our minds Neverland is devoid of cringe-worthy racial stereotypes and solely full of magic and fun. Flying around with fairies and Peter Pan, hanging with mermaids, fighting pirates: these are just a few of the things we will be doing during our Neverland vacation. And there is one thing we definitely won’t be doing while we’re there… growing up!
(Source. ©James Coleman)
Good ol’ Lothlórien was nearly our Lord of the Rings top choice over Rivendell. When it comes down to it, though, the elves of Rivendell seem slightly less up their own rear ends than their mysterious cousins. Plus we aren’t too sure how we’d feel about an extended stay in a tree house.
Since Middle-Earth is already a pretty exciting place, the Middle-Earth equivalent of heaven must be extra sweet. However, we couldn’t quite get past the whole having to die to get there snag (curse our lack of elvish heritage!), so it remains an honorable mention.
Who wouldn’t want to run around with Batman and Catwoman? You know, provided that some horrible crime spree wasn’t occurring at the time (unlikely).
For Tim Burton geeks, getting to visit the setting of Nightmare Before Christmas would be absolutely squee-inducing. At the same time, we feel that a long-term vacation here probably isn’t a good idea.
Ursa Minor Beta
Ah, the planet of Ursa Minor Beta. It’s home to the publishers of the Guide. You know, the Hitchhiker’s Guide. It’s constantly late afternoon on Ursa Minor Beta (save for one small section that’s constantly early evening), and the planet is covered in idyllic beaches. If it wasn’t for that ad campaign claiming that to be sick of Ursa Minor Beta is to be sick of living and the subsequent skyrocket in suicides, this dandy planet might have made the main list.