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13 Nerdy Summer Vacation Spots

If you have to leave your comfort zone this summer and go on vacation, you might as well make it a good one. Check out 13 destinations where nerds like us can feel at home.
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It's summertime, and that means excusing oneself from sports and outdoor games, and finding good (enough) reasons to put off those gardening and landscaping projects. It also usually means some vacation time from work, which might be great if you're planning to lie on the couch and re-watch the last season of Game of Thrones. If painting the house, anything involving casual small talk, visiting the in-laws, or hiking the Grand Canyon is on the agenda? Not so much. 

That's why you need to make your vacation all about you. Don't be afraid to inject some nerdiness in your summer plans. Sure, a lot of us would rather sit in the living room in our underwear, avoiding human interaction. But if you're going to be forced to take a trip with the family unit, you might as well make it a good one.

We've searched high and low for some dorky places and events that will make you want to put down that game controller and venture out into the sunshine. You may even be tempted to talk to some humans – who may seem suspiciously like you -- when you get there.

 

Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its ... View Full Bio

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Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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6/24/2014 | 11:01:12 AM
Middle Earth
Middle Earth sounds good to me. Not sure how I'd get a full-scale replica of "Sting" back home on the airplane, though.
MarciaNWC
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6/24/2014 | 12:31:14 PM
dinosaur digging
Hanging out in the Moab Desert with paleontologists would be a very unique summer vacation, although it sounds like a lot of work!
OrhanErgun
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6/24/2014 | 12:46:36 PM
Re: Middle Earth
Ferrari World is awesome :) Nice post Susan thank you.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/24/2014 | 1:04:50 PM
Re: Middle Earth
Well, Drew, if you can't make it over there, this gentleman on YouTube has a helpful video showing you how to make your own Sting out of steel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULO77h-aQFs

I feel a summer project coming on!
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/24/2014 | 1:06:13 PM
Re: Middle Earth
Orhan, have you been to Ferrari World? You are actually close enough to reasonably go there :)
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/24/2014 | 1:08:13 PM
Re: dinosaur digging
I am always torn between doing something relaxing and something cultural and enriching on vacation. The older I get, the more the relaxing part wins out. I'm not sure about sitting in the sun in the dirt all day, that could be tough...
OrhanErgun
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6/24/2014 | 1:47:49 PM
Re: dinosaur digging
I listened from my many friends who went there but I could not find a time yet. Actually it is only 45 minutes :). But I would want to know how you achieve that , I can not stay even two days without reading or writing something about technology. Even on holiday. Reading this post probably is my only social activity since couple days :)
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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6/24/2014 | 3:55:36 PM
Re: dinosaur digging
You need to have a few kids. They pretty much force you to disengage from work on a regular basis :)
Brian.Dean
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6/24/2014 | 4:34:32 PM
Re: dinosaur digging
Vacationing is a good time to recharge the mind. However, sometimes high temperatures can create the opposite effect. Luckily, some of the concept cars exhibited at the Computer History Museum might take creature comfort level to new heights, and maybe, portable creature comfort devices are around the corner.
PaulS681
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6/24/2014 | 6:32:36 PM
comic-con
I've never been but Comic-con looks really cool.
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