A Nerd Girl’s Guide to the Universe: Travel Planning for the Sci-Fi Minded

Welcome one and all to the Last Door on the Left – a travel agency for the adventurous soul. Have you always wanted to see the world beyond the wardrobe?  Longed to wait for the train at 9 ¾? Pined for tickets to hear Plava Laguna sing at Phloston Paradise? Look no further.

Guide to the Universe

As Star Wars fever takes over both the interwebs AND meatspace, any interstellar travelogue worth its weight is extolling the virtues of Jakku (and Tatooine, for the more nostalgic or *cough* less discerning *cough* eye).

For those of us perhaps a little intolerant of excessively dry climates – maybe looking for less fun in the sun, more ‘twas a dark and stormy night – let’s take a look at the always classic Dagobah.


Don’t let the moniker “Swamp Planet” dissuade you; Dagobah has a lot to offer the savvy traveller, not the least of which is a dramatic landscape and a moody, brooding atmosphere. Not just for the Jedi anymore, Dagobah’s petrified forests provide perfect fodder for the angst-ridden teen in all of us (and haven’t we all felt a little Kylo Ren from time to time?).


Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet Zen-like meditation with the Force, or a full-on Dark Side tantrum, Dagobah’s bogs and quagmires, fetid marshes and murky wetlands provide an ideal backdrop for any dream vacation.


Or maybe you’re looking for a healthful spa sanctuary? Look no further! Dagobah may be technologically behind the times (isn’t it time to just unplug for a few days?) but its ecosystem is teeming with life, and you will be too, after a restful retreat in the steaming bayous. Master Yoda himself offers the greatest testament to their efficacy: “When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not.” – Yoda, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.


As the distant, watery sun sets on our Dagobah adventure, I leave you with this thought, my fellow travelers: the Force is strong here, and a powerful ally it is.

Tune in here for future travel recommendations as this nerd girl makes her way around the universe!

I science all day, and unwind with a solid dose of comic books, video games, superhero movies/TV, and anything with a decent whodunit bent. Been reading the Great Detective since I was wee, and watching Doctor Who since I was in utero. Make of that what…

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