Planning your summer vacation destination yet? Here are fourteen destinations you won’t be able to add to your list. Despite being home to 193 different countries, many movies and TV shows steer clear of insulting anyone by basing their stories in fictional locations. Here are some of the best places you can’t visit:
Republic of Isthmus – Home to a gorgeous casino and nasty drug dealer Franz Sanchez in the James Bond movie License to Kill.
Elbonia – Anyone that has read a Dilbert strip knows everything there is to know about Elbonia.
Far Eastern Republic – No – this is not the name of the band behind 2010 hit “Like a G6”, The Far Eastern Republic is from Mission Impossible episode “Commandante”. Mission Impossible is another of those 80’s series that never used real countries for their plot.
Genovia – Good luck finding this fictional nation on any maps of Europe. Genovia is where Mia Thermopolis learns she is the sole heir to the throne in The Princess Diaries.
Gnubia – The MacGuyver writers were clearly afraid to insult any real nations. Almost every single one of their episodes took the master of turning pencil sharpeners into helicopter blades to nothing but fictional nations.
Loompaland – Even though Loompaland is named after its most famous residents, the place is also home to dangerous Snozzwangers, Hornswogglers, Verminous Knids, and wicked Whangdoodles. Yes – this is of course from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Fantasy Island – No introduction needed. Can only be reached by “ze plane!!! ze plane!!!”
Ohtar – Goldie Hawn saves the day when she discovers a murder plot against the Emir of Ohtar in 1984 movie Protocol.
Petoria – When Peter Griffin hears that his home on Spooner Street is not actually part of Quohog, he declares his plot “Petoria”. Once he captures the pool in his neighbors house, he names that “Joehio”.
Qumrun – A fictional Middle-Eastern nation regularly used in the fantastic BBC comedy series Yes Minister.
Sahelise Republic – Thankfully, nobody in the real West Wing ever tried to attack this fictional nation.
San Marcos – Showing a real lack of creativity, this fictional country has been used in numerous movies and TV shows like the A-Team, MacGuyver and Bananas (by Woody Allen)
Val Verde – Another popular choice in action movies – it has been used in Commando, Predator and Die Hard 2
Voodoo Island – home to Mr. Big and his weird tarot card reader Solitaire from James Bond movie Live and Left Die