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A travel & lifestyle blog inspired by books, film, TV and mythology for the geeky adventurer


Hi! I’m Christa Thompson, Editor in Chief of the Fairytale Traveler. This is no ordinary blog, and you’re no ordinary person if you’ve arrived here. If you’re like me you spent your childhood building castles from cardboard boxes and playing with wooden swords. You know every line to the intro of Star Wars and you won’t hesitate to throw yourself in front of a moving bus to save a vintage transformer… or a unicorn…or Chris Hemsworth (but that’s another kind of blog). It’s okay. I feel you. Good news, there’s a travel and lifestyle blog that feels you too… Welcome to the Fairytale Traveler. A place for the inner geek in you to plan your epic adventures, find good reads, and keep up with your favorite upcoming TV and film events.

The Fairytale Traveler is a family travel & lifestyle blog inspired by books, film, and television. We’re just a single mom and a little boy in a world of unicorns and superheroes. We explore film locations, literary trails, historic sites, cons, and more for the geeky adventurer. When we’re home we’re keeping up with film and TV events (for grown-ups and kids), and we’ve been known to bake a cupcake or two.

Whether we’re exploring the ancient stones of Ireland where the fairies dwell, sleeping in a haunted castle, or exploring places in Norway that inspired the Disney hit animated film Frozen, you can guarantee we are doing something epic, full of adventure and fandom.

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

92 Comments on this post

  1. Sounds like an amazing journey and a lot of fun – so cool that you can do that! Looking forward to seeing your adventures!

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  3. Hello Christa, nice set up you got here. Seeing how you have plans for 2013/14, I hope you have the opportunity to visit Malaysia in those plans. Meanwhile, have some awesome travels this year! 🙂

  4. Really interesting places and information. Great Blog!

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  6. Fairy tale destinations sounds fantastic! I am looking forward to getting some inspiration from your blog. Do you have suggestions for France? Thanks 🙂

    Christine R. / Reply
  7. Your site is a vacation destination in and of itself!

    grimmreport / Reply
  8. Hi there – what a wonderful blog – if you are going to be looking at English destinations may i be so bold as to suggest you look at Lanyon cottages in Cornwall – it is a 15th century manor house lovingly restored and filled with the most wonderful antiques and interior design by a retired farmer and his wife – mr and mrs Leggo (yes thats their real name!!) it sits in 200 acres of farmland they also own – you feel like you are adrift on some secluded island and yet it is only 10 minutes drive from the most idyllic beaches. 3 friends and i stayed there this weekend and it was a little piece of heaven tucked away near Hayle on the Cornish peninsula. I took a load of photos and they are on the website. Lanyon cottages is well worth a look

    thoroughbred24 / Reply
  9. This is the last one I promise – but you’ve got me started now – There is one more absolutely magical place in Cornwall (ive just come back from holiday there so its fresh in my mind) – The lost gardens of Heligan – here is an image from there
    do take the time to search engine it for its home page and read the story of how they discovered it and over the years have unearthed and restored the acres of this hidden victorian gem – you will fall in love with it.

    thoroughbred24 / Reply
  10. hey christa – fora more fun blog that i do – check out – id love to know what you think x

    thoroughbred24 / Reply
  11. I love your tattoos. You should do an exposé on them.

    davidconfidential / Reply
  12. I have loads of photos of women with dramatic tattoos, cruise over and look for them. Start with the Chicago menu button.

    Ron Scubadiver / Reply
  13. A most enticing blog. Add the castles in Transylvania to your list. I found the real life stories much more interesting than the Dracula tale

    bmpermie / Reply
  14. Look forward to reading about your travels in Ireland!

    Ciara Meehan / Reply
  15. Do you have any fairy tale tattoos?

    Christopher De Voss / Reply
  16. Hi Christa, quick question – how are you able to repost the same article more than once? I’ve found after reblogging it won’t let me do it again…

    suzie81 / Reply
  17. Nice idea. Assume you’ve been to Sintra in Portugal? If not, book it. Look forward to your posts.

    John Phillips / Reply
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  19. Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Have a lovely day!

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  21. Hey! How about a report on dragons? 🙂

    pishh / Reply
  22. Hi there!

    Just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the WordPress family award. If you choose to accept it simply follow the link below and instructions…

    Have a lovely day!

    suzie81 / Reply
  23. back ground nice love it.

    Youe-hut / Reply
  24. Hi Christa,
    Ed Mooney encouraged me to check out your blog and check it out I did. Our reasons for travel are different, but we share a desire for adventure and knowledge. It sounds as if you are able to travel much more than I am though, and I am envious!
    I am literally just home from a 10 days on the bike exploring Southern Maryland, the Eastern Shores of Va and MD, and Delaware. Fun trip with lots of history!!
    Look forward to reading about yours travels.

    LB / Reply
    • Awe he’s such a nice guy. Thanks for coming by, I’m really glad you enjoyed it. Your trip sounds great! I bet you must be exhausted lol. I travel a lot but now that my son is starting his first year in school I won’t be traveling as much, but still quite a bit. Take care and be well!

  25. Christa this is such a wonderful idea! I can see being a fabulous resource for anyone looking for a fairytale wedding location. I also think it would be fun to cover modern fairytales like Game of Thrones film locations. I look forward to continuing to read your stories!

  26. Wow!!! Can I just say this is an absolutely brilliant idea for a blog!! I am so excited to read all your posts as I love travelling and mystical places! The most magical place I have been to was Sintra, Portugal- if you haven’t been there it is definitely worth a visit, the forest feels like it is straight out of a medieval legend. Happy travelling and blogging!

    Samantha Anthony / Reply
    • Hey Samantha thank you! I love an enthusiastic Fairytale Traveler! I always follow up on leads from readers, i will be sure to check into it. Thank you for the tip! Stay in touch! Next month is all about my recent travels to Ireland, England and Scotland with a week of giving straight from the robin Hood legend in Nottingham where I spent time earlier this month. December will be amazing with #25DaysofChristmas 🙂

      Hope this finds you well!

  27. your experience sounds astounding 🙂 I am glad that I discovered your blog, I will travel with you from now on

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  28. Since you like to Fairy Tale Travel, you might find this new website interesting. It’s called Enchanted America: In search of elves, fairies and other mythical beings along the highways and byways of North America. It’s a fun site. Check it out.

    Jerome Holst / Reply
  29. Hello Christa,

    I happen to stumble upon your blog when I googled “World fairy tale destination” :D. Being an avid nature lover Im in constant search of the scenic serene destinations around the World since my teenage. I really like your blog’s different sections mentioning world’s fairytale places. 🙂 really a great collection!
    Could you suggest me a destination to spend a week alone somewhere in Europe on a budget? A fairytale one of course! 😀

    My top 5 dream destinations would include:
    #1.Torres Del Paine,Chile
    #2.Milford Sound & lake Matheson/ NZ
    #3.Lofoten , Norway
    #4. Serengeti, TZ
    #5. Jokulsarlon , Iceland

    Hailing from a meagre indian family I cant afford these places , flights from India are too costly.
    I was considering Munich (Neuchwenstein) and Hallsat area .

    Look forward to your suggestion and comments 🙂

    Thanks and best wishes on your Tour De Fairy tale places on a flying mat! (with no visa and flight costs!) haha..



    Pujan Sinha / Reply
    • Wow, that is a really sweet comment, thank you. There are so many places to explore. Your destinations are pretty fabulous. What time of year are you looking to travel? Seasons play a big role in budget.

      • I would basically love to travel in moth of April. But most of Europe would be still cold I guess.
        I have decided to travel in end of August, when the fall colours would look pretty.
        In fact I shortlisted some places and you can suggest me something too:
        Munich – Hallstat (Germ/At) , Lake district (Uk) , Lucerne (Swis)

        Look forward to hear from you soon!

        Thanks and take care,

        Pujan Sinha / (in reply to Christa Thompson) Reply
        • Pijan, let me have a think on it. I have several UK destinations popping into mind. Answer me a few questions about the type of things that would interest you. Dark history (witches, Gothic, haunted places, Royal murders) or fearies (places where there’s fairy legend and wishing stones, standing stones, ring forts, megalithic sites). Would you prefer a city with a side of countryside or something more relaxing with a side of city. Would you prefer literature over mythology? LOL there’s all kinds of fairytale travel mate 😉

          • Hi,

            Sorry for the late response, I was away on a pilgrimage tour to South India.. 🙂
            Yes I know UK is very scenic (esp. in Scottish isles), Umm.. I would really give countryside view of lakes,mountains,flower parks as my first preference over western literature..
            But you know budget is also a big concern for me, the pound to rupee conversion is really huge amount.

            Pujan Sinha / (in reply to Christa Thompson)
  30. In July, 2015 a group of people led by Jim Chesnar came to Finland. There they made a big trip to places connected with Bock Saga.

    It is the movie – travel on secret side of Finland. The mythology connected with one of the most ancient stories around the world – BOCK SAGA. The Saga told from creation of the world which was transmitted presently by Ior Bock.
    In the film, we will go together with Jim Chesnar (the friend and the pupil of Ior Bock) in places connected with the Saga.
    We will visit island
    s, caves, the real North Pole, the most ancient castle on the planet, we will open many secrets and we will visit a place of burial of Ior Bock.

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  31. This is really helpful post and very informative there is no doubt about it. I found this one pretty fascinating and it should go into my collection. Very good work.

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