5 Places We Wish Were Real

When the going gets tough, we like retreating to these fictional places every now and then. Care to join us?

By Raphael Mones
February 18, 2016


It’s 3 o’clock on a Monday afternoon, and lethargy hovers around like that clingy ex-boyfriend of yours who can’t take “no” for an answer. You stare deeply into your computer screen with the text cursor blinking madly in the middle of an otherwise empty document, wishing you were somewhere else entirely.

We all have those moments—usually after lunch when your mind feels like going on a siesta. And during one slow afternoon in the TravelBook.ph office, we decided to shake sluggishness off by talking about the fictional places we wish we could be transported to during those moments. Feel free to tag along and read on!

1. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
If you never wished to be at Hogwarts, then you can't sit with us. Seriously, we'd give up anything to be able to sit in Professor McGonagall's Transfiguration class right now. We'd also love to study DADA (that's Defense Against the Dark Arts for you, muggle) instead of looking at Excel rows, columns and numbers, and html codes. And don't get us started on the bountiful feast that awaits us at the Great Hall. The house elves make TDF eclairs and the plates refill themselves. How magical is that?

2. Narnia
We love animals and the idea of them talking is pretty cool, especially if it’s a kingly and majestic lion. We bet we’d hear profound insights from him (or it?). And with such stunning landscapes and crystal clear seascapes in the dazzling and enchanted world of Narnia, what’s not to love?

3. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
When work gets too stressful, what’s a better pick-me-up than a chocolate bar? Now, imagine what it's like to have a free-flowing chocolate falls right in your office pantry. We're pretty sure we’ll stock on marshmallows, strawberries, and pretzels and have our big coffee mugs lined up as we giddily wait on the side for it to be filled to the brim.

4. Neverland
In Neverland, young boys are strong enough to defeat pirates. You’ll also find fairies who’ll shower you with pixie dust so that you can fly. Best of all, Neverland is a place where no one gets old. Since the adult life is starting to stress us out, we can't wait to book our tickets to this magical place where fantasies live on and become realities. We all would want to become kids again.

5. The Shire
We’re not embarrassed to admit that we fantasize about being in one of the prettiest places in The Lord of the Ring’s Middle-earth whenever we’re too stressed at work. We like the idea of taking a quiet stroll along the fields of green to clear our heads, with the refreshing gusts of wind occasionally breezing by, and raiding Bilbo Baggin’s pantry at the end of the day. We don’t mind going “there and back again.”

Since we’re big Harry Potter geeks here in TravelBook.ph, we just can’t exclude these two places from the famous wizarding world.

6. Diagon Alley
The yummy ice cream from Florean Fortescue, the tomes at Flourish and Blotts, the wands at Ollivander’s, and the practical joke objects at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes—we’re hoping that Gringotts has a high exchange rate for Philippine pesos so we can buy lots of them. We’re even practicing how to enunciate “Diagon Alley” properly because neither one of us wants to end up in the creepy Knockturn Alley.

7. Hogsmeade
We’re pretty confident that we’re old enough to be allowed to Hogsmeade without the signed consent form. We’re raring to stock up on sweets from Honeydukes, enjoy happy hour at the Hog’s Head, and of course, get drunk on Butter Beer from The Three Broomsticks.

That’s it! Now excuse us while we scramble for some floo powder or a portkey somewhere.