5 Movies That Will Make You Want to Travel

Posted on 26 Feb 2018 by Julian House
What began in the 20th century as cultural tourism with travellers visiting popular locations portrayed in film and books, has now transformed into what is known as screen tourism. Due to the mass culture movement, wider access to information, and the proliferation of the Internet, travellers can now easily travel to locations seen in their favourite films. Which film locations are on your bucket list? Here are 5, to inspire your wanderlust.

Macbeth (2015) – Scotland The latest film adaption of the Shakespearian play shined a spotlight on the beautiful landscapes of Scotland. Much of the film was shot on the Isle of Skye where the landscapes of the Quiraing are both haunting and supernatural. The Guardian reports that Skye has seen a surge in tourism in the last couple of years, which is in part due its role in films, TV shows and commercials. Visitors are attracted by the unique magnificence of the fairy pools and waterfalls at Glen Brittle, and the island’s extraordinary ridges and outcroppings at the Quiraing and Old Man of Storr.

The Lord of The Rings (2001) – New Zealand The epic film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale is beautifully recreated in painstaking detail throughout New Zealand. The film used farming locations such as Matamata for Hobbiton, the forested mountainous areas of Wellington for the Gardens of Isengard and the Southern Lakes region for Lothlorien. The Hobbiton set is by far the most popular with tourists flocking by the hundreds of thousands every year. Waikato Business News reports that Hobbiton has become one of the must-see destinations in New Zealand, with one in eight tourists visiting it during their trip. Part of its huge popularity is that visitors can really imagine and experience what it would be like to live in Middle Earth.

Dr. No (1962) – Jamaica The first installment of the James Bond franchise was filmed primarily in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. In one of film’s most memorable scenes, Bond comes across a bikini-clad Ursula Andress, emerging from the sea in her iconic white bikini, conch shell in hand. Since popularised in the film, Jamaica has become a bustling tourist destination, with luxurious resorts all along its coast. However, for the true James Bond experience, travellers must stay in Orqcabessa Bay in St. Mary at Ian Fleming’s residence, where he penned all his James Bond novels. The name of his residence: Goldeneye.

Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981) – Egypt Searching for the lost Ark of the Covenant, Indiana Jones travels to Cairo to find the lost city of Tanis, battling Nazis and ruffians along the way. The film was released in 1981 and in that year the Egyptian Tourism board, with help from Turkey, established new colleges to teach diploma courses in tourism and hospitality. As a result, tourism increased to almost 2 million visitors that year and has been climbing ever since. The mystery of Cairo and the pyramids has captivated visitors like no other monument, and the pyramids have featured in multiple entertainment mediums. In the gaming industry the most famous use of Egypt’s historic pyramids was in the Indiana Jones inspired Tomb Raider series. The sense of mystery and excitement captured in that game inspired many other gaming platforms. Pyramid Quest for Immortality on Foxy Casino uses many elements of Egyptian culture that have been shaped by films and television shows. Like the Indiana Jones film it focuses on the mystery and intrigue surrounding the pyramids. It is clear that stories set in Egypt continue to attract visitors to this great country.

Harry Potter (2001) – England Filmed in great part in Northumberland, at Alnwick Castle, seat of the Duke of Northumberland, the castle is famously home to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. The film, and the ensuing sequels, are based on J.K. Rowling’s books of the same name and feature some great haunting locations. Creative England claims that Alnwick Castle has generated over £4.3 million in screen tourism in 2014, ever since the release of the film and its sequels. Visitors are drawn by the fantasy elements and the ability to experience the world of Harry Potter. Whether you want beaches, historical locations, haunting landscapes or fantasylands, the list of films covered here will inspire you to travel. So, add them to your bucket list, grab your explorer’s hat and staff and experience the magic of film for real. After all you only live once.

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