Destination Sci-Fi: Misfit hot spots

Natalieportman_starwars_240 Well, cadets, we’re already in the final month of summer. Scary, I know. Some of you have undoubtedly gone away on vacation of some sort since Memorial Day. Others, like myself, well…not so much. But it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re not on vacation now because, well, you’re reading this! Yes, I suppose there’s a slim possibility that you’re reading this poolside in Aruba, but honestly, don’t own up to it if that’s the case.

But if you’re one of the unlucky ones that finds themselves having not yet taken advantage of the summer months, and can’t figure out where to spend your precious few days off, fear not. We Misfits have a few suggestions based on our favorite movies, television shows, books, and video games. Now, we realize that our tastes might not exactly align with yours. So, to help you make the proper decision, we’ve listed some pros and cons for all of the places that have inspired our wanderlust over the years.

Think of this as Let’s Go: Sci-Fi. So, as long as time, money, and the fact that all of these places are fictional are no object for you, here are some top travel destinations for the perfect sci-fi vacation.

Naboo (Star Wars)

Pros: Geographical wonderment: lush landscapes, stunning architecture.
Cons: Social shortcomings: clumsy Gungans, some midichlorian-infused whiner going on and on about how much he hates sand.

The Shire (Lord of the Rings)

Pros: Rustic life at its finest, with a surfeit of food, drink, and, pipeweed that would satisfy anyone’s palette.
Cons: Local denizens tend to forgo shoes, and/or possess the One Ring which could eventually bring ruin down upon Middle Earth or, more importantly, your holiday.

Hogsmeade (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Pros: Great family-centric place, with unique sweets for the kids and butterbeer for all.
Cons: The Shrieking Shack’s a bit of a downer.

Serenity_240 Miranda (Serenity)

Pros: An out of the way planet barely touched by tourists…
Cons: …mostly because you have to travel through Reaver-infested space to touch down upon its now barren, dead landscape.

Skull Island/The Lost Island/The Island (King Kong, Lost, The Island)

Pros: Maui is overrated.
Cons: Then again, Maui doesn’t contain giant apes, smoke monsters, or Michael Bay. Stick with Maui.

Briar Patch (Star Trek: Insurrection)

Pros: Those looking for a spa-like getaway will appreciate the regenerative properties of this part of space.
Cons: Cell phones get terrible reception. F. Murray Abraham’s an occasional, unwanted squatter in your utopia.

Walle_240_2 The Axiom (Wall-E)

Pros: Fantastic for those who don’t want to lift a finger while on vacation.
Cons: You might gain a bit of weight while there. Just an FYI.

So there you go: plenty of options for your last-minute trips before Labor Day comes and goes. If you have any other travel advice, please, drop it below!

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