If regions’ travel experiences were video games

20 Dec

I’m going to do something in this post I haven’t done before: combine geek culture with travel culture. I’m a gamer myself and I think that, while travel and video games are very different hobbies, in some ways the routines from game to game or from trip to trip can be very similar. I’m going to compare three different countries’ travel experiences to different fantasy video games.

This post is a lighthearted look at how countries travel experiences relate to games. It is not meant to be taken seriously. If you haven’t played these games, you won’t know what I’m talking about.

The USA – World of Warcraft

It’s a huge, open world, complete with a wide variety of landscapes and experiences. If you have time to travel, then once you get a personal mount, you’re free to do pretty much whatever you want. But chances are, if you live here, you won’t have time to travel. You’ll be stuck forever, with less than 2 annual weeks of vacation time, in the endless grind to level up your career, doing a similar routine of going to work, doing a bunch of repetitive tasks, and only getting a small amount of time in which you are truly free to enjoy what the environment has to offer.

Backpacking Europe – The Legend of Zelda

Overworld – dungeon- overworld, train ride – city – train ride. The routine is similar, but each city (or dungeon) offers its unique experiences and quirks that add diversity to the overall experience. We’re talking about an old continent with a lot of history and culture behind it, there’s great architecture, and where ever there’s gaps, there’s plenty of room for timeline theories and speculation.

Thailand – The Elder Scrolls

It’s a complete open world that’s open to exploration on any budget. No matter what you’re looking for in the experience, there’s bound to be something interesting to discover, as well as public transport to get there. The world is medium-sized, has a rich background and culture, and a wide variety of activities. It’s up to you to discover what you love best.

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