If you have a bucket list, this is the right time to update it. We are bringing you some of top geek destinations, from movie locations to nuclear disaster zone.
Middle Earth (New Zealand)
More than 150 locations throughout New Zealand were used to film The Lord of the Rings trilogy and with the diversity and beauty of the New Zealand landscape, who wouldn’t want to visit Middle Earth? The rolling hills of Matamata are now known as Hobbiton, the volcanic region of Ruapehu a.k.a. Mt. Doom where Sauron forged the ring. New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown, was the setting for numerous scenes including Eregion Hills and the Pillars of Argonath.
Every Star Wars fan should know that Tatooine is the home planet of Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker, and it is one of the most iconic planets in the Star Wars universe. Tunisia should be on every geek’s bucket list.
Area 51 (Roswell, New Mexico)
It really doesn’t matter if you are a conspiracy theory sort of person, but every geek should still see the appeal in going to Roswell. Take a drive close to the Area 51, take photos, talk about conspiracy theories, eat an alien shaped burger. It’s going to be a fun trip for the entire family.
Kennedy Space Center (Orlando, Florida)
This is like Disneyland for space addicts, you can tour launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch. Show me a single geek who wouldn’t be happy as a child on Christmas morning while walking among towering rockets.
Silicon Valley, California
Silicon Valley is the southern region of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California and it is home to many of the world’s largest technology corporations as well as thousands of small startups. Google, Apple, Adobe, eBay, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook… we could go on and on. The point is that every important tech corporation or startup is here and it would be a shame not to visit it.
After Silicon Valley, we have Austin also called “Silicon Hills”. Austin is the host to many tech companies, but the real attraction lies in the projects that geek workforce goes to work on after hours. SXSW interactive festival is the most popular festival that brings scores of entrepreneurs, visionaries and all-around geeks to talk tech. SXSW isn’t just a tech festival, it is a music and film festival too, so if you find yourself in Austin in March, SXSW is the thing to do.
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine
If you visit Ukraine, you can actually take a trip to The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The Zone is the area which was evacuated after the disaster, it looks like something we see only in zombie movies. Entry requires a government permit, and exit requires a full body scan to show that your radiation dose is within the allowable limits. It’s definitely a once in the lifetime experience.