12 Things We Learned about Travel from 'Game of Thrones'
Dueling and travel go hand in hand on “Game of Thrones.” (Courtesy: HBO)
You may not have noticed it amid all the violence, palace intrigue, and orgies on “Game of Thrones,” but the people on that show do an awful lot of traveling. They’re always venturing to King’s Landing. Or to the Wall. Or away from The Wall. Or to some battlefield. In fact, half of each episode usually consists of two or more characters – sometimes thousands more – road-tripping from one place to another. It’s like “Game of Thrones” is less of a fantasy adventure series and more of a fantasy travel series. With dragons.
As we watch the “Game of Thrones” folks traverse the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, there are some important lessons we should heed for the upcoming summer travel season. Here are the top travel tips you can pick up from the show:
1. Plan activities for the kids!
The three-year bloodbath that is “Game of Thrones” began because some kids got bored on vacation. In the show’s second episode, young Arya Stark got into a vicious stick/sword fight with bratty visiting Prince Joffrey while their fathers were off discussing royal business. The day ended with Arya’s young playmate dead, Joffrey’s soon-to-be legendary brutality vindicated, and young Arya developing an equally legendary thirst for vengeance. Don’t make the same mistake Arya and Joffrey’s parents did. Plan some structured activities for your kids during your trips. Or they might get all “Game of Thrones-y” on each other.
2. Try the local cuisine