A Pokémon Go Trainer's Guide to Travel
Having just (officially) launched in Canada a mere week ago, Canadians have now had some time to scour through their cities collecting all sorts of Pokémon – from Drowzees to Jigglypuffs. But for those that have a Pokémon Master title in their sights, they’ll need to take their game to the next level and look beyond our borders in order to “catch them all". What better way to induce jealousy among your friends than by collecting region-exclusive Pokémon (hello Mr. Mime! Which by the way, is only available in Europe) and actually taking that last-minute summer trip? Forget fridge magnets and post cards, travellers are collecting Pickachu and Sandshrew instead of souvenirs.
Check out Contiki Holidays' list of the top 5 destinations every Pokémon Go trainer should have on their travel radar:
Sydney, Australia – Australia's largest city, Sydney, is the perfect hiding ground for Pokémon. From the babes on the beaches of Manly to the buzzy Kings Cross and its colourful characters, Pokémon trainers will have a field day locating all of the Pokémon here, including the elusive Kangaskhan which is only available in this region. Also, be sure to head to the Circular Quay area, where the iconic Sydney Opera House has been made into a gym.
London, UK – From Big Ben to the recently opened Tate Modern, this metropolis oozes bucket-list worthy experiences. Speaking of Big Ben, is it a Pokémon gym? You betcha, and that’s not the only place. For a city littered with well-known historic buildings and monuments, almost every street corner is littered with Poké-stops. Make sure to head to the ritzy Savoy Hotel to collect those coveted Poké Balls.
Rome, Italy – Stylish Rome is overflowing with relics from another age. The “Eternal City” is best known for its imperial glory as displayed by the countless monuments and buildings from that era. When in Rome, trainers will not only spot the massive stone amphitheatre (known as The Colosseum), but also Pikachu, Squirtle and Oddish. The city is crawling with all sorts of Pokémon. At the Colosseum, trainers will be able to capture Espeon, Umbreon and Makuhita to name a few. Just make sure to look up once in awhile to soak in the culture. After all, you are in Rome!
Disneyland, California – The happiest place on Earth is also a breeding ground for Pokémon. While people from all over the world visit Disneyland to indulge the child within them on such treasured rides as the Old West in Frontierland or Indiana Jones in Adventureland, trainers can catch a whole lot of coveted Pokémon in-between rides. Children may be lured by Mickey and Minnie, but there are also tons of lures to attract Pokémon here. Masters should make a beeline to the Sleeping Beauty Castle which is now a top tier gym.
Bangkok, Thailand – While the buzzing city of Bangkok doesn’t “officially” have Pokémon…yet, there have been reports of many sightings of Bulbasaur. Between tuk-tuks flashing past shrines and street side BBQs, traditional long-tail boats cruising past high rises, and locals, businessmen, travellers and monks sharing the streets, Bangkok is a busy urban centre boasting culture and food as far as the eye can see. Talking about culture, trainers on a trip to this Asian metropolis have the opportunity to visit the incredible Royal Palace. It consists of 61 acres of stunning buildings, gleaming spires and multi-coloured murals, and is considered Bangkok’s most famous site and spiritual hotspot. After a busy day exploring the city (and catching Pokémon), trainers are in the right spot when it comes to re-fueling. Bangkok is a foodie's paradise and boasts over 50,000 places to eat, from noodle stalls to gourmet restaurants.
Before heading to any of these destinations, just make sure to take your eyes off the screen and soak in the beautiful sights of each location.
So, where to Pikachu?
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Jennifer Phillips is a huge fan of all things food and travel. She's also pretty obsessed with dogs, particularly her mutt Gracie. Before joining Slice.ca as managing editor, she worked at FASHION magazine, AOL and Yahoo! Canada. For more, follow her on Instagram.