We know that traveling interrupts your gaming time, but what if we can promise it will expand your gaming horizons?
Serious gamers always jump at the chance to grab a controller and take on a new opponent! Instead of being stuck at home, embrace the opportunity to embark on a real-life adventure and discover even more within the international gaming community.
This is your chance to meet other gamers, discover new technologies, and explore new games. Here are five unmissable destinations that avid gamers need to visit at least once in their lifetime.
1. Tokyo, Japan
If heaven had a section designed for gamers, it would look like Tokyo. From its friendly gaming culture and the Akihabara Electric Town to its many opportunities for shopping, cosplaying, and themed shops, Tokyo is the ultimate destination for gamers.
Once you’ve indulged in the hustle and bustle of Akihabara and shopping, wind down at one of Tokyo’s famous internet cafés. These cafés boast the latest software, hardware, and some of the world’s fastest internet connections making gaming here genuinely blissful. You’ll spend a lot of time café-hopping here. This will help you get the most out of the experience.
2. Seoul, South Korea
Looking for something more sports-related? The birthplace of Esports, Seoul, should be high on your list of places to visit. Not only is it known for Esports, but Seoul is also the home to the world’s most famous PC gaming rooms.
All authentic gamers have, at some point, dreamed of experiencing one of the world-famous PC gaming rooms. Booking is required to access rooms with the newest and most updated PCs, software, games, and hardware. You can even have food and other gaming essentials delivered to the rooms to ensure uninterrupted gaming bliss.
3. The United States
The United States is another heavyweight in the gaming industry. There are so many worthwhile places to visit that we recommend you plan a tour. Start by reminiscing about your childhood video games at the American Classic Arcade Museum in New Hampshire, then head to New York City to explore what Nintendo NYC offers. From there, serious gamers are encouraged to visit the E3 Expo in California.
Have some time left on your trip? Visit the National Videogame Museum in Texas for an in-depth look at the history of video games. Lastly, wrap up your gaming-related travels with a classic convention experience and book a ticket to PAX West in Seattle.
4. London, United Kingdom
If you’re looking to mix gaming with a night out with friends, then London’s potent mix of gaming and pub culture might be the answer.
The city offers bars where gamers can congregate, play or watch games, depending on their mood. If you want to explore the future of gaming, check out whether the Red Bull Gaming Sphere is open. You can indulge in the gaming studio’s latest VR headsets, consoles, and racing simulators.
Our final pick is just as unique as the other destinations on the list. Germany is home to the largest gaming convention in the world: Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. From world-class exhibitors and sneak peeks from major companies to meetings with fellow fans, the convention is an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Step off the beaten path and discover a country fighting for its seat at the gaming table; Pakistan! In 2022, Pakistan had an estimated 36.8 million gamers (16% of the population), and predictions claim the country may hit 50.9 million gamers by 2026.
In 2019, Tekken legend Jae-Min “Knee” Bae even traveled to the country to train for an upcoming tournament. If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for us.
Plan your travels
Ready to travel? The first step to planning your next adventure is applying for the right visa. Each country will have a different requirement; for instance, those planning to go to the US will probably need to apply for a B1/B2 visa, or those traveling to the rising nation of gamers may need to register for a [Pakistan eVisa].
If you’re nervous about applying, let the visa experts guide you through the process and start planning your adventure!