About The Fairytale Traveler

Learn about The Fairytale Traveler travel blog, the “fairytale travel” travel style, and founder & Editor in Chief, Christa Thompson. 


The Fairytale Traveler is a popular travel and lifestyle blog in its eighth year which focuses on travel, travel tips, life, budgeting, motherhood, products, reviews, gadgets, gift guides, film, music, live shows, and books. 


Inspired by the greatest stories ever told, The Fairytale Traveler travel blog publishes content curated for the fantasy, folklore, and mythology enthusiast. 


Continue reading to learn more about The Fairytale Traveler.


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About Christa Thompson, Founder & Editor in Chief


Nice to meet you! I’m Christa, here’s a big virtual high-five, and what the heck, here’s a hug. I’m a big hugger! I’m also a huge geek. I think there’s a Comic-Con in my brain…at the very least there’s a unicorn.


I absolutely LOVE TV, film, mythology, and the obscure. In fact, it wasn’t a love of reading which started my obsession of geekdom, it was a love of great movies and amazing television that led me to the greatest literary works of all time.


Christa Thompson, Cinderella Premiere, The Fairytale Traveler

Cinderella Premiere, Los Angeles, CA


I’m a complete product of the ’80s (the best decade ever to grow up in period), and I’ve always been a nostalgic person so, digging through old books and comics has become a favorite hobby of mine. 


Another favorite hobby I have is traveling! Building a travel & lifestyle blog inspired by books, film, TV, and mythology was a pretty obvious choice for me, and one which suited being a single mom to an intrepid little boy.


Anna Maria Island, Christa Thompson,

There I am goofing off! Just poking around Anna Maria Island in Bradenton, Florida.


Why I Started Blogging


I’ve traveled since I was a child. There was nothing more exciting to me than hopping on a plane and going on an adventure. When we stopped traveling I missed it sorely. I would actually pretend to travel in my backyard.


At twenty-three I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Cambridge in England. I’m no miss smarty pants, but I learned a thing or two about Darwin, the Romantics, and Ancient Egypt. My biggest takeaway, however, was wanderlust. I could never quite shake it.


Some say it’s a genetic thing, something congenital which drives a person to explore. Whatever it is, it’s here to stay. So, when blogging changed the landscape of media, I knew I had to be a part of it.


Launching a blog as a single mom wasn’t easy but I knew I wanted more out of life than just a 9-5 job. I found myself at a crossroads with a degree in Hospitality and Travel Tourism and a Certification in Surgical Technology. I had just paid off my car and I knew if I was going to do something crazy well, I had better do it while my living expenses were minimal.


I did a bit of reflecting and decided life is too short and this world is far too interesting to sit in an operating room all day just to end up too exhausted to play with my little boy. So, I abandoned my medical ventures and decided to make it my life’s work to travel and enrich my son’s life with culture, amazing adventures, magic, and possibility.


Nine years later, we’ve done some pretty epic stuff, and we’re just getting started.


Ireland's Ancient East, Loughcrew, Christa Thompson, places to visit in Ireland, traveling for the first time, Money Tips for Moms, solo vacation

Enjoying the view from the hilltop hike at Loughcrew, photo by Ed Hannon


About The Fairytale Traveler Blog


The Fairytale Traveler travel blog is a creative, whimsical, and fantastic approach to trip planning inspired by mythology, folklore, and literature that highlights historical places, places with a fairytale or ‘magical’ aesthetic, fantasy film locations, literary trails, and places shrouded in folklore and mythology. 


“Fairytale travel” offers travel ideas for solo travel, family travel, couples travel, adventure travel, and luxury travel while exploring the greatest stories ever told. There is something for every type of traveler whether you’re looking for personal growth, family enrichment, a romantic setting, or adventure.


Ireland's Ancient East, Trim Castle, Christa Thompson, traveling alone

Christa Thompson at Trim Castle, photo by Ed Hannon


It’s more than a trip, it’s a legend of your own.


Fairytale travel is a travel style for those seeking to have extraordinary stories to share, stories that will captivate their audiences and inspire a sense of adventure. Our travel experiences, research, and expert interviews have allowed us to share destinations, accommodations, places of interest, historic places, and unique experiences where the memory of fascinating tales and legends are remembered.


Ever wonder what a real pirate treasure chest looks like? Maybe you’ve always dreamt of sleeping in an actual castle from medieval times or perhaps hiking to ancient megaliths known in fairy lore as passages to the otherworld. 


From Vikings to Robin Hood, creepy places to castle hotels, and every Grimm fairy tale in between, we are taking an unbelievable adventure around the world in search of magical, legendary, and historic places, princesses and pirate ships included.


Second edition of Grimms' Fairytales – two volumes (1819) in Kassel Photo Andreas Berthel © Stadt Kassel - Kulturamt


Travel Style – Fairytale Travel


Whether you’re looking for a fairytale travel experience that takes you to the places tied to your favorite stories, books, or films, a luxury fairytale travel retreat that leaves you feeling like actual royalty, a fairytale travel outdoor adventure filled with hiking and breathtaking landscapes, or fairytale travel to historic places, there’s something for just about everyone here.


The Brothers Grimm


Explore the historic places of the Brothers Grimm. Are you a fan of the series Grimm, then why not find adventure in the Black Forest of Germany where ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ went to Grandmother’s house and where ‘Hansel and Gretel’ defeated an evil witch?


Sarehole Mill by middleearthnews.com edited by Christa Thompson

Sarehole Mill by middleearthnews.com edited by Christa Thompson


J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


If you read The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion all before the movies were released, then you’re just the right fan for our ‘Mapping Middle Earth On Earth’ posts featuring expert interviews from the University of Iceland Professor Dr. Terry Gunnell and the President of the Burren Tolkien Society, Peter Curtain, that uncover the places that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Middle Earth’.


From Iceland to Ireland, South Africa to the U.K., and Switzerland, ‘Middle Earth’ is one of the most iconic fantasy worlds of all time, and we’re on a mission to see it all first hand.


Chateau Fontainebleau id is just one of the many inspirations for Disney Land's Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Chateau Fontainebleau id is just one of the many inspirations for Disney Land’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’


Classic Disney Fairytale Adaptations


Did you know that ten different castles inspired Disney Land’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’? How about the real castle in Germany which claims its ties to the famous fairy tale? Many of the classic Disney movies we grew up on were adapted from fairy tales from around the world.


Uncover the real “Snow White Village” in Germany, find Pinocchio in Italy, and the legend of Mulan in China. You can even explore an African Safari like The Lion King. Love Frozen? Take a trip to Norway and see the places that inspired the most profitable animated movie of all time, Frozen.


Pirate treasure Museum Photo by Christa Thompson

The St. Augustine Pirate Treasure Museum Photo by Christa Thompson


American Folklore, Cool History, and Legends


America is filled with folklore and legends that have inspired the greatest American tales ever told. From the moonshine folklore in the Appalachian Mountains to the compelling tales of the “wild, wild west”, America is filled with adventure.


Trace the Pirates of the Caribbean along the eastern seaboard, visit historic hotels where Bonnie and Clyde once stayed, you can even relive the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in Sleepy Hollow, NY. From coast to coast, to the mountain peaks, America is teeming with cool history and folklore just waiting to be explored.


Snaefellsnes, on the ring road to Vik where legends of Icelandic Elves are many.

Snaefellsnes, on the ring road to Vik where legends of Icelandic Elves are many.


Norse Mythology


Dig deep into the roots of modern-day blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, hit T.V. series like Game of Thrones, Vikings and comic book legends like the Marvel Universe characters Thor and Loki and you will find that it is all inspired by Norse Mythology.


From the “Poetic Edda” of the Volsunga Saga in Iceland, across the U.K. and Scandanavia, where stones over 1,000 years old are carved in Sigurd the Dragon Slayer’s name, the legends of Norse Mythology are rich in legacy and echo in modern-day tales.


MEDIUM FEATURE PHOTO Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren

The Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren along Ireland’s west coast. One of the many megalithic sites thought of as entrances to the “other world” where fairies live.


Celtic Mythology, Irish Myths, and Lore


Celtic Pagans were among the last to be converted to Christianity as Ireland, England and Scotland were so hard to physically reach many years ago. This preserved Celtic Mythology, Irish Myths, and lore leaving a trail of sacred sites and mystery in Ireland and the UK. Some dating back further than the pyramids! 


Alcazar of Seville, Game of Thrones newest filming location.

Alcazar of Seville, Game of Thrones film location.


Game of Thrones and Fantasy Film Tourism


Die-hard Game of Thrones fans will love following the film locations of the mega-hit T.V. series. Explore Game of Thrones territory in Northern Ireland and other scenic locations like Iceland, Croatia, Malta, and Spain. 


Fans of the hit series, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead, can geek out to their Georgia film locations and walk in the steps of their favorite characters where iconic scenes were filmed.


Explore pieces of York, U.K. where Vikings invaded hundreds of years ago and once called it Jorvik.

Explore pieces of York, the U.K. where Vikings invaded its shores hundreds of years ago and once called it Jorvik.


Viking Places


What would a fairy tale lover do without a good Viking obsession? Explore the places of real Viking Age people dating back some 2,000 years to Northern Europe and Scandinavia before Norse myths were turned to legends when they were still the foundation of the Viking belief system.


Gargoyles at Notre Dame in Paris.

Gargoyles at Notre Dame in Paris.


Medieval Places


Most of our fairy tale legends are based on the medieval period. Knights in shining armor and flawless princesses took center stage in medieval times. European castles with gargoyle flare are reminders of the way things were when knights battled dragons and queens tried witches at fiery stakes.


If you’re looking for a medieval fairytale travel adventure then explore Europe’s medieval castles and villages. From castle hotels to museums and every torture device between, there are endless places to be discovered.


Along the Megalithic Route in the Netherlands, thought to be the tomb of a giant.

Along the Megalithic Route in the Netherlands, thought to be the tomb of a giant.


Fairy Sites and Mythical Creatures


In later Irish and English folklore, sacred megalithic sites are thought by some to be the entrances to the “Other World” where fairies live and no one ever grows old. Some megalithic sites in northern Europe are even thought of as tombs of giants!


There are traces of mythical creatures all over the world, even in places we have yet to explore. Whether you’re looking for elves in Iceland or sea monsters in Cyprus, take a fairytale travel trip to real places that are magical and breathtaking, and where legends are very much still alive today.


In Closing


If you’re looking for a fascinating way to travel that will leave you with the best travel stories no matter who you’re traveling with, live on the geekier side of life, love gadgets, adventure, and entertainment, then you’re in the right place. I hope you find the inspiration you’re looking for!