Travel inspiration: three April adventures we’d like to take

Middle Earth

House pillaged by Orcs? Ents taking over your backyard? Nazgul shrieking away at night? With its idyllic, pastoral beauty , he Shire, Middle Earth, offers a place to relax and experience the decadent, tranquil culture of Hobbit life.

Recently listed in the “Top 3 Destinations for Decompressing after the War of the Ring,” The Shire also offers robust food and drink culture and rolling countryside. Keep your eyes peeled, you might see a pipe-smoking Wizard or a band of gold-crazed Dwarves.

Middle Earth


You may have heard the phrase “Springfield, Springfield, it’s a hell of a town.” But what exactly makes this town so attractive?

It’s not just because it features everyone’s favorite four-fingered family, but also exquisite sites like the Channel 6 TV building, a single Kwik-E-Mart AND… a box factory!

In fact, there’s so much to take in that our advice is to check out our Hot Rate deals on cars – you’ll need one for your Springfield stay. Not only has the Springfield Monorail worked properly since its inaugural run, but the city is large and encompasses many diverse ecosystems, from gorge to Texas-sized desert to never-ending tire fire to glacier. So naturally you CAN’T walk from one attraction to another and see all the sights.


Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

If you want to view paradise, simply book a flight to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Located in an otherwise nondescript small, industrial town, this monument to milk chocolate is sure to bring smiles to the whole family. Where else can you sail down a chocolate river on a candy gondola or try experimental treats that may endanger your life?

Learn valuable life lessons all while gorging on delicious edible landscapes and singing songs with the local Oompa-Loompa population. And everything you’ve heard is true: the snozzberries DO taste like snozzberries.

Happy April Fool’s Day from the band of travel geeks at Hotwire. May your April be filled with slightly adventurous trips.

Note: Springfield rendering by artist Tim Doyle.

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