When the summer rolls around, travel becomes the hot topic on everyone’s lips; your friends talk about their upcoming party trip to Ibiza, your neighbour talks about jetting the family off for a relaxing time in the Caribbean, even the old woman you see at the bus stop has booked a Mediterranean cruise. But what about you? Rowdy nightclubs aren’t your thing, you hate the feel of sand between your toes and you’d be bored out of your mind spending two weeks at sea. You’re a nerd at heart, and you want your holiday to reflect that, right? Then check out these awesome travel destinations that are positively swimming in geeky gadgets, eccentric electronics and nerdy knickknacks.
Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
Surely there’s no better travel destination for nerds than a place commonly known as ‘Electric Town’? This buzzing central Tokyo district is home to markets and department stores filled to bursting with everything from wires and headphones to fully functioning robots and gadgets that you have to see to believe, and even then you still might not believe it! Some of the country’s largest comic stores are located here, showcasing the best in Japanese anime and manga. Be sure to take photographs of the massive Sega Towers and the Sunday afternoon cosplayers.
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
While Sin City is more commonly known for gambling, drinking and general debauchery, each January it becomes the place to be for those with a love for gadgets. The city plays host to the annual International Consumer Electronics Show, a 4 day event that is renowned for introducing technologies such as the Amiga, the Commodore 64 and, more recently, the 3D HDTV to the world. Beware that hotels on the strip will fill up quickly over the CES week, but that flight operators usually offer discounts, meaning you could bag yourself some cheap airline tickets.
London, England, United Kingdom
OK, so you don’t have to be a nerd to love Harry Potter, but it helps! Explore the favourite haunts of the boy who lived on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in North-West London. As well as seeing some of the sets, you’ll also be shown the state of the art technology used to animate Dobby, the green screens used to make the Nimbus 2000 soar through the sky and the secret techie methods for making Hagrid appear twice as tall as the average wizard. Of course, no trip is complete without stopping by Kings Cross to try and find platform 9 3/4!
These destinations are just the start, only your imagination (and the availability of flights!) can limit you. There are plenty of alternative ways to spend your holidays rather than lounging on the beach or clubbing. See the largest radio telescope in the world in Puerto Rico, witness a shuttle take off at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida or take a wander around San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, home to some of the most famous tech companies in the world!