Have you seen any of these?
Academy Award-Winning Film
When a film has earned this prestige, there is a certain standard that we know that we can expect from this movie. We know that it is going to be the best of the best and that it is going to go down as an icon of cinematography. The characters are going to be memorable and the stories are going to be talked about for decades to come.
Aside from the characters and the story, the setting is going to be just as important. The setting of these films is going to be like a character in itself. These films inspire people to travel and see the places in these movies because we want to walk in the place of our favorite characters and remake iconic snapshots in the cities that these movies have made famous.
New York – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”
Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly, created the iconic image of a young woman marveling at the jewelry in the window of this world-famous retailer. This is a film that has definitely inspired young women the world over to do the same, with a cup of coffee and a Danish. They would even go so far as to make sure that they were there at 5 a.m.
Rome – “Gladiator”
The plight of Russell Crow’s character in this movie can be felt by all who watch. Rome becomes a prison for him as he mourns the death of his family and fights for his life every day in the heart of the Coliseum. We want to feel what it must have been like for a man to fight for his life and marvel at this ancient wonder.
India – “Slumdog Millionaire”
The journey of Jamal has inspired millions of people around the world. We want to see the streets where he committed his crimes, we want to hear what he heard, and feel what he might have felt during his life. Mumbai was made memorable by this film and Jamal is a character that we could all get behind and Mumbai has become a place that we all feel like we have been before.
Casablanca – “Casablanca”
This is an interesting one to put on the list because not much of this film was actually filmed in Morocco. Those who created this movie were able to recreate the feel of Morocco from the comforts of a soundstage. Humphrey Bogart takes us on a journey of love and betrayal in a way that has made this movie a Hollywood legend. People travel to Morocco in order to feel what it must have been like to live so glamorously in Casablanca in the 1940s.
The Old South – “Gone With The Wind”
This is a movie that doesn’t represent a particular city, but an area with Spanish moss, cotton fields, and beautiful southern estates. This movie draws together a love story, the American history of the Civil War, and the fight of one woman to save her home. It has created a nostalgia for the South that travelers want to be able to experience as they fantasize of being the beautiful Scarlett O’Hara.
Movies take us on these amazing journeys with the characters, and these are just some of the movies that have inspired the journeys of millions… “Braveheart” in Scotland, “Moulin Rouge” in Paris, “The King’s Speech” in London, the list can go on and on. For many, their trips are inspired by films that they love and places that have become iconic through those films.
Regardless of the city, the setting, or the movie, if you feel inspired, you should follow that inspiration to its’ nostalgic end.
So tell me… Have any of these movies inspired you to travel? Maybe a movie or series I haven’t listed… Let me know!
TRAVELING WITH A GROUP CAN BE REWARDING
Vacations present the perfect opportunity to take a break from your hectic schedule and embark on exciting adventures abroad. Can you think of a better way to enjoy a holiday than to spend it with your friends and family? Do you want your next vacation to be that memorable? Why not experience the trip of a lifetime with your family and friends and strengthen the bonds you share?