Recently, a young girl made the travel headlines for the fact that she traveled internationally because of her love of the Mary Kate and Ashley movies – yep, of all things. It got us thinking. Which movies have really inspired the most wanderlust, and just how many people actually do travel because they’ve seen things on the big screen? A lot of movies focus on location, location, location – and often this can inspire us to do some trips of our very own to some of the biggest tourist destinations.
2001’s Ocean Eleven brought the lights of Las Vegas to movie theaters around the world and cemented it on the map. Gambling was suddenly on the table for people who’ve never tried it before. Of course, casinos make for some of the most important scenes in the film, and they’re what the plot is focused around. The Bellagio, MGM Grand and The Mirage are targeted in a huge and elaborate scheme, but the glitz and glam are the same nonetheless. You can stay and play in all of these locations to this day.
Traveling to recreate that movie is definitely out of the question, but you can certainly go and recreate all of the grandeur of casinos. There’s so much to do, that prep is key. Movies are one way (there are literally dozens, from The Hangover to Showgirls), but there are even Vegas themed games that you can try online before you get there to sample the wonders of poker and even the slots. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the rules prior to your arrival. On the Vegas Casino site you can even play poker, roulette, blackjack and baccarat with live dealers so that you can get as close as possible to the real thing.
New York is the most filmed location on the planet, with an abundance of movies set here. Thanks to the hustle and bustle, there’s more than enough space for action.
It’s not just the landmarks like the Empire State Building (featured in some 250 movies, including Independence Day), or the Statue Of Liberty (featured in Ghostbusters 2 and Planet Of The Apes); the streets themselves tell a thousand stories.
Classics like Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Home Alone 2 share a home with superhero spectaculars like Superman and Spiderman – and you could be visiting the offices of The Beagle, direct from the latter!
New York as a city is full of smart people, so they’ve not missed a trick. Venture onto TripAdvisor to get a feel for the very best movie tours they offer, or venture onto Google to plan trips of your own.
The UK is an ideal destination for a movie lover; with some iconic historical sites featured in some of the world’s best films. Sure, it’s a little further on out from the USA, but it’s more than worth it.
Into chick flicks, or simply love a classic romance? You’re in luck. Fans can enjoy the various sights from the likes of Love Actually, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Notting Hill, including obvious places like the London Eye and Tower Bridge, or less obvious places specific to the films. Taking a tour is a great idea – they’ll show you where to stop for a snap outside Notting Hill’s blue door, or even the place where Hugh Grant and Colin Firth had *that* big fight.
If you’re prepared to venture out beyond the city itself, you can make the most of the awesome Harry Potter Studios experience, at the Warner Bros Studio Tour. There are literally thousands of props from the franchise itself, and the decor will allow you to recreate any scenes you’d like whilst you’re there. You can even try butterbeer! Accio, plane tickets!
Would you combine your love of movies with a thirst for travel? Which movies would you travel for?