Game of Thrones is awesome. Fact. Travel is awesome. Fact.
As the new season begins and the world gets swept up in a new wave of mass mania, I’ve decided to combine two of my favourite pastimes and create this Game of Thrones travel post.
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If you’ve never watched the series, refer to my opening paragraph and do the sensible thing. Call in sick, get all the seasons on DVD and watch them back to back.
Or maybe don’t. But do.
Tyrion Lannister is without a doubt one of the most complex – and most popular – characters on Game of Thrones. The fun-sized party animal would feel right at home in Prague or Dublin.
Both cities are famous for their nightlife, beer and friendly (as well as attractive) locals, but there’s a lot more to them. And there’s a lot more to Tyrion as well.
“My brother has his sword,” he once said. “King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind… and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”
The Klementinum Library in Prague and the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin are some of the most beautiful in the world and would no doubt keep his brain busy.
Daenerys Targaryen is all about shattering misconceptions and helping those less fortunate. If you’re anything like Danny you’d probably love backpacking through Iran or volunteering in Ghana.
If those seem a little too far outside your comfort zone, at least consider exploring a few cities in Morocco where many of the Khaleesi’s scenes were filmed.
Jon Snow is a true man of the Night’s Watch and favours duty over comfort. He doesn’t strike me as the beach vacation type – if someone somehow convinced him to go (I’m looking at you, Ygritte) he’d probably spend most of his time calling work to see if there was anything that needed to be done.
I think he’d be happiest trekking around Northern Ireland or the Scottish Highlands by day and going to the pub with his brothers by night.
Area Stark had to grow up really fast, so it would be nice to see her be a child in one of Orlando‘s theme parks. But somehow I don’t feel like she’d be into it.
Instead I’m thinking an adventure holiday in Nicaragua, learning about traditional archery in Mongolia or helping out at a wolf sanctuary in Canada.
Consensual incest between siblings is frowned upon but not prohibited in France. The country also has some of the most incredible wine in the world and, knowing Cersei, she’s all about wine.
Argentina would be another great option – and after a few glasses of Malbec she might even find herself a young Robert Baratheon lookalike who will actually like her back.
If Jaime Lannister wasn’t in France with Cersei, the Kingslayer might enjoy an extended trip to Cambridge. No, it doesn’t matter whether that’s the one in England or Massachusetts.
What would he do there? Get a world-class law degree – either from Harvard or Cambridge – and start over.
You see, Jaime’s storyline is all about redemption. Speaking to Rolling Stone in 2014, George RR Martin said: “One of the things I wanted to explore with Jaime … is the whole issue of redemption. When can we be redeemed? Is redemption even possible?”
I’m all for second chances, and believe that Jaime could still turn things around, put his brain to good use and be less of an
Margaery Tyrell is Game of Thrones’ answer to Cleopatra. She’s clever, beautiful and extremely ambitious!
But given her poor dating track record I think that more than anything, she deserves to relax with a cocktail in her hand and a handsome man by her side.
Margaery comes from a wealthy background and would feel right at home in a five star resort in the Maldives or Bali. But you can bet she wouldn’t spend all that time sunbathing – she’d want to explore her surroundings and learn from the locals.
Oh, Theon! Theon used to be such a cocky lad (no pun intended, I think) and I bet he’d have a ball (I promise I’m done now!) on an alcohol-fuelled Hangover-style stag do in Las Vegas or Rio de Janeiro.
As for Reek? I’m not even sure anymore!
Growing up in the cold dark North was not ideal for Sansa Stark who loves feeling like a lady, looking elegant and wearing gorgeous dresses.
She’d love sailing around Monaco or living it up in Goa. She might also enjoy joining Margaery on her man-hunting quest in the sunshine, but the last man they both seriously dated was Joffrey so there’s no telling how that would go…
Ned Stark firmly believes that winter is coming, and who am I to tell him otherwise? Iceland, Norway or Finland would be his ideal getaway – but only the countryside, none of that city nonsense.
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
All Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger truly seems to care about is power… and potentially Catelyn Stark.
He’d feel right at home in the biggest centre of political power in the world – Washington D.C. If his visa didn’t come through, I’m sure North Korea would be an excellent second choice though.
Hodor? Hodor. There’s a small town in Germany called Hodorf, so perhaps that would do?
Ygritte is clever, beautiful and not afraid to speak her mind. She is a woman but doesn’t mean she isn’t tough as nails!
I bet she’d love a trip someplace progressive, but ideally warm so she can finally get it on with Jon Snow without literally freezing her butt off.
The Philippines and New Zealand both made the top 10 of the Global Gender Gap index, and who could say no to those beaches?
I bet Loras Tyrell and Renly Baratheon would have loved to forget about all the politicking and go on a whirlwind tour of Europe instead. Both Amsterdam and Copenhagen are famously LGBT-friendly and fun!
Brienne of Tarth
Brienne of Tarth doesn’t like to let loose, but I can’t help but feel there’s a very fun girl hiding underneath all that armour.
If she’s your favourite character I can totally picture you buying rounds of beer at Oktoberfest in Munich or winning at poker in Macau.
Samwell Tarly is such a lovable nerd! He’d love visiting Scotland with Jon Snow and exploring all the Harry Potter filming sites… although possibly from the window of a car rather than on foot.
But you can bet this sweetheart would also love a staycation with his girl Gilly and baby Sam! A hot cuppa, a stack of books and a crackling fireplace would make him a happy bunny.
If you love Melisandre, I think you’d be best off booking a one-way trip to Algarve in Portugal, Cuenca in Ecuador or George Town in Malaysia.
Why? You’ll only get this if you’ve already watched the first episode of season 6. If not, ignore me and don’t think about this too hard to avoid spoilers!
If your favourite Game of Thrones character is Joffrey – or Ramsay Bolton for that matter – you’re probably too busy pulling kittens’ tails or kicking elderly ladies in the shin to read this.
But obviously the only place you should ever travel to is Siberia. Its beauty might thaw your frozen heart and… if not? It’s so sparsely populated that at least you won’t be bothering anyone.
Who is your favourite character? Do you agree with these Game of Thrones travel choices? Where do you think they would go? Let me know in the comments below!
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