In honour of Geek Pride day – 25th May – Skyscanner’s very own geeks recommend six super destinations for the inner nerd.
Geek Pride Day is an initiative which claims the right of every person to be a nerd or geek. The Geek Pride manifesto includes basic geek rights such as the right ‘not to leave your house’, ‘not to like football or any other sports’ and the responsibility to ‘save and protect geeky material.’
So – go go geeks!
1. Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
With is love for high-tech gadgetry, Japan has long been a top destination for global geeks. Akihabara, Tokyo’s ‘Electric Town’ is THE place to head if you want to immerse yourself in the very latest video games, electronics, robots, computers, cameras, anime and general electronic junk. Want to go to geek heaven? Get flights to Tokyo now!
2. International Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, USA
The world’s largest consumer technology trade show is held Las Vegas every January. CES is an industry event and not open to the average geek off the street, if but if you can wing yourself a ticket, you’ll be in for an eye popping displaying of the world’s most high-tech companies, ranging from Electronic gaming, to Lifestyle electronics. There’s also concerts, competitions and celebrity appearances for the world’s top tech-nerds – so more than enough geek speak for one week! Find fights to Las Vegas.
3. CeBIT, Hannover, Germany
The ‘Center for Office Automation, Information Technology and Telecommunication’ is quite a mouthful, even for a geek, but CeBIT is the world’s largest computer expo. Held annually in Hanover, it is held as the barometer in state of the art information technology. From the latest in tablet computers to cloud computing and smart grids – geeks from over 90 countries descend on Hannover each year to lap up the latest in circuit board technology. Find flights to Hannover.
4. Yongsan Electronics Market, Seoul, South Korea
Though Japan is normally seen as the Emperor of all technology geekery, South Korea is not far behind its neighbour. Yongsan Electronic Market comprises over 5000 stores that sell cutting edge computer gear, video games and other electronic gadgets. With many major tech brands to come out of Korea including LG, Samsung and M-Pio Co, Yongsan is a worthy stop off on the geek world tour. Find flights to Seoul.
5. DreamHack, Jönköping, Sweden, 18-21th of June 2011
Described by one Skyscanner geek as ‘a massive geek festival’ – DreamHack is the world’s largest digital gathering and holds the official world record as the worlds’ largest LAN party. Focusing on everything you can do with computers, Internet and digital entertainment and culture, it also offers hundreds of live performances from the world’s leading game developers, internet personalities as well as live music and competitions. Get flights to Stockholm, Gothenburgh, or Malmo, which are all within striking distance of Jönköping.
6. Minatur Wunderland, Hamburg, Germany
Finally, for those geeks who pine for the days of lower-tech nerdery, a haven for train spotters. Minatur Wunderland is the largest model railway in the world and one of the most popular attractions in Germany. Modelled on railroads from the real world, including the lines of Scandinavia, the Alps and the USA, visitors can enjoy over 10km of plastic track. But it’s more than just trains – hundreds of miniature, computer controlled cars, ships and even people are presented in amazing detail. If you’re model railway geek, then Minatur Wunderland is your ticket to ride. Find flights to Hamburg