Ever find yourself staring out the train window and daydreaming? Like you’re barely taking anything in the real world in. It captures us all from time to time, and as busy as I’ve been lately, a little reprieve from reality has been pretty welcome.
I’m a little jealous of the little ones, whose minds are still open to other ways of getting around. But then I thought, hey – why should they have all the fun?! Imagine if some of the other ways of travelling from movies, books, games and other media were made real. If that sounds outlandish, don’t forget that blimps very nearly took off as a major mode of transport in the real world… if you’ll pardon the pun.
Here’s my top 6 fantasy modes of transport I wish we could all try for real!
Who could say no to this one? I could pop back to London to catch up with my friends, then be back home in time to see the girls to nursery/school. If I wanted to I could go back to the day before and get even more done than I did in the first place!
Luckily, the TARDIS from Doctor Who is a fair bit roomier inside than its exterior suggests. Could I be trusted with that much space though? I might start hiding dirty dishes in there.
All you Final Fantasy fans are probably raising your eyebrows at me right now, even more than Ignis when he discovers a new recipe. “Why choose a Chocobo when you could have a magical flying Final Fantasy airship?” I hear you cry.
But come on! Have you seen how cute Chocobos are? They’re fluffy and feathery and super friendly, plus they get you wherever you want to be lickety-split. Don’t get me wrong, horses are beautiful, but a big yellow birdy buddy is bound to make the girls happy. Plus Chocobos won’t try and kick anyone, right?
The Hogwarts Express
Steam trains are so whimsical, and none more than the Hogwarts Express. This big red train has carriages and compartments full of surprises, plus, well, have you thought about where it’d take you? Hogwarts!
Imagine going on a trip to Olivander’s Wand Shop and the other Diagon Alley highlights, before jumping on the Hogwarts Express to take the kids to school. Luckily, this one’s a little more grounded in reality, because we could go and explore Warner Bros Studio Tours to get a picture with the Hogwarts Express itself. Can’t pretend I’m not excited just thinking about it…
These are in more movies about space and the future and suchlike than you can count. Some of us sometimes ask that if we’re living in the 21st Century, where are our jetpacks? I definitely wouldn’t mind cruising around with a flying backpack like that.
Of course, realistically there’d be all kinds of rules and regulations for getting around the city on a jetpack to keep everyone safe, a bit like they have for remote controlled drones. Even so. I bet I could pull off some tricks on a jetpack!
Captain Shakespeare’s sky-ship
Okay, so I avoided the issue when I talked about flying galleons and Chocobos, but that’s because my heart has always belonged to the sky-ship in the film Stardust, called the Caspartine. It’s a movie based on a magical book by Neil Gaiman, which already makes it well worth looking into, but there’s definitely something romantic about living in the sky as a lightning smuggling pirate. Of course, if you’ve seen the film you’ll see it’s all an act and that Robert De Niro’s Captain Shakespeare would much rather be singing and dancing… wouldn’t we all?
Either a magical gateway or a handheld machine, I really don’t mind. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense to use teleportation to get from place to place rapidly. Think of the travel time you’d save! And imagine how amazing holidays could be. Book your destination and the travel company could send you there instantaneously. Not sure how it’d affect passport control and customs, of course.
The more I think about it, the more outlandish my ideas get. What kind of fictional way of getting around do you think the real world would benefit from?