7 Great Nerdy Travel Destinations

This cool space place made number 5.

You may be able to access everything you need from your Admiral Boomchair, but there’s nothing like stretching those legs and swapping pixels for real life every now and then.

But you don’t need to leave your love for all things science, maths and technology influenced at home, plan your next holiday to one of the 7 great nerdy destinations and get ready to geek out abroad.

#1 Vulcan, Alberta, Canada

Trekkies the world over have found their Mecca, especially as Canada’s Vulcan has officially been crowned the Star Trek capital. You’ll find tributes to the show all over the place, including unobtrusive space murals and alien graffiti as well as a model of a Vulcan Starship and a Star Trek dedicated stone in the local graveyard.

#2 CERN, Switzerland

The scientists working on the subatomic Higgs boson may have got themselves in hot water on Twitter for using Comic Sans to report their findings, but that’s not to say they’re not worth some serious love. There are plenty of geeks that agree, so you’ll want to book your flights and hotels well in advance.

#3 Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Australia

While your flights to Australia will be on a commercial aircraft, pay a visit to the Canberra Complex to check out moon rovers, astronaut suits, artefacts salvaged from previous space mission and some top class giant radio telescopes.

#4 Akihabara District, Tokyo, Japan

The rest of the world may be on its way to catching up, but Akihabara District is still the best spot for finding the future of technology, today. Grab tech that’s not yet available to the rest of the world by braving the crazy crowds and dazzling light displays of this electrical district.

#5 Kennedy Space Centre, Orlando, Florida

A real oldie but goodie, no self-respecting nerd could fail to consider the Kennedy Space Centre a viable holiday destination.  Not only does it give you the chance to find out about the history of space travel, but you can get up close and personal with the present day too, thanks to the (roughly) bi-monthly launches. Check NASA’s schedule before booking your flights to Orlando to see which days are best to visit.

#6 Prypyat, Chernobyl, Ukraine

Slightly creepy but entirely fascinating, you can book bus tours that take you to the ghost town of Prypyat, which had to be evacuated within 36 hours of the nuclear meltdown. Once home to 47,000 people, you’ll feel like you’re in a dystopian future as you pass abandoned schools, houses and shops.

#7 Sidi Driss Hotel, Matmata, Tunisia

Have your own Star Wars moment by staying in the underground spaces that were Luke Skywalker’s Tatooine home. Best thing about it is the fact the hotel isn’t some synthetic recreation, its really the way it always was – and just the way it looked on film.


James writes for Skyscanner.net, a cheap flights comparison site based in Scotland. For more information about Skyscanner, check out the Skyscanner Wikipedia page.

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