Short Break Ideas (Inspired by the TV)

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The Pulteney Bridge – Where a scene from Les Mis was shot

If you love travel, inspiration can come at you from anywhere! I do not know one travel lover that does not have an ever growing wanderlust list. The burgeoning list can be added to from all manor of places. A late night conversation with friends. A photo on Pinterest. A magazine or brochure. I have already told you about books that inspired my travels! I see travel opportunity everywhere (much to Nik’s slight panic). In this light hearted, just for fun post I am sharing my short break ideas that were inspired by TV programmes or films. I would love to hear any of yours.

Short Break Ideas – TV made me do it

Ok, let’s start with TV shows. Those little weekly snippets from fictional lives that we all seem to love. The escapism that we find watching them, while simultaneously enjoying a cuppa and a pack of Oreos. Or is that just me…?

A mini Break to New York

My first trip to New York was totally inspired by Sex and The City. I was obsessed with that show. I felt like I already knew New York through Carrie and co’s exploits! I first visited the Big Apple in 2011, and was irrationally way over excited for a grown woman! I wanted to buy Manolo Blahniks. Eat cupcakes in magnolia Bakery. Visit Carrie’s fabulous brownstone apartment and run down the stairs in the New York Library. The City felt totally familiar from my days of watching through my tv. This 2011 trip started a love affair for a city I never tire of.

SATC inspired new york trip
Ohhh how I would love to own a brownstone

You can read all about my SATC Inspired New York trip, (and an unfortunate knicker flashing incident) in full. Just click the dark blue link.

Fun Fact – I stayed in the Renaissance Hotel in Times Square on that visit. The lobby of the hotel was actually used as Samantha’s office in the second SATC film. If you’re a SATC fan, you may remember the scene where Samantha is, shall we say, applying ointment……ahem……

Palm Beach – Sydney Australia

My last couple of years at school included after school trips to Australia. My friend Karen and I would rush back to her house when the bell went, eager to watch the latest drama unfold. The fictional area of Summer Bay was home to Tom and Pippa Fletcher and their hoard of foster children. Home and Away was the programme where we followed along with the twists and turns of the teenage relationship’s. Many of the scenes played out on Summer Bay beach. The white sands and gently cresting waves accompanied many a Summer Bay resident’s break up conversation, cliff hanger dramatic moment or storm off up the beach argument. We were hooked. Skip forward to 1994. I was living out of a back pack, wandering around the globe. Wearing what was clean rather than what went together…..

Oh, and you have my permission to laugh at the following three photos. Taken in 1994, during my-go-where-the-wind-takes-me-free-spirit-stage. Don’t judge me…..

The famous path down to “Summer Bay” Beach

Now, I know strictly speaking its not a mini break idea. Unless you live in that part of the world, its a long way to go for 5 days! However, I went when I was backpacking in Australia in my late teens. We lived in Sydney, so of course I had to visit the beach from my tv for a couple of days! The beach, actually Palm Beach in New South Wales, was almost deserted when we visited. It was also as beautiful as it had looked in the series. Maybe I will go back one day.

If you fancy a little more of my Australian stories, pop over to these two posts. Seeing Whales in Australia and Swimming with Sharks on Great Barrier Reef.

Short Break ideas – stepping onto a film set

Las Vegas – The Bellagio Hotel

Nik was obsessed with staying in this hotel. He had fallen in love with it watching Oceans 11. I am not quite sure which one of the incredibly handsome cast he identified with, but…….. When he decided he wanted to go to Vegas for his 40th, that was the only hotel for him. It’s an amazing hotel, and even without its film star accolade, it oozes glamour. The casino, the club, the fabulous restaurants are all an indulgent experience to be had. Oh and of course, the iconic scene from the film in front of the fountains had to be replayed. The Bellagio is a huge hotel, and not usually the type of hotel Nik and I go for, but in Vegas? Why not!

the bellagio hotel las vegas - short break ideas
The beautiful Bellagio Hotel

For some ideas of what you can get up to in Vegas, I have a little inspo for you. Have a read of Things to do in Vegas.

Glen Etive and Glen Coe – Scotland

My love of Scotland is well documented on my blog. I just absolutely fell in love with it. Our first visit to Scotland was to fulfill a bright idea that we had…to climb Ben Nevis. Yep. You read that right. We were of sound mind too when we agreed to it! Climbing Ben Nevis was amazing though. We also snuck in a road trip with a difference around the beautiful Scottish Highlands. I was blown away by how beautiful Scotland was. It seemed that every bend in the road you took, more spectacular scenery awaited you.

Beautiful Glencoe in Scotland

We were also lucky to have Nik’s brother in law, (and Nik’s sister of course) with us, who is a Scot! Our own local tour guide. It was brilliant as we were able to see Scotland like a local, and visit places that we would not have seen otherwise. It was that local knowledge that meant we were able to go a little off the beaten track. One such place we got to see, was the location of Skyfall. This was 007 James Bond’s childhood home, in the film of the same name (Skyfall). A stunning location that took my breath away.

road trip the scottish highlands the perfect place for finding adventure and short break ideas on a staycation
Glen Etive – Scene of James Bond Skyfall House

Fun fact – Ian Flemming, the creator of James Bond was captivated by Sean Connery’s portrayal of the famous agent. So much so, that he decided to give James Bond a Scottish heritage! Four of the films have been shot in Scotland.

Short Break Ideas from my TV I have yet to complete

Norway / Ireland

I have a slightly manic obsession with Norway. My pinterest board on the country holds about 2,456,894 images. I cannot get enough of it. It looks STUNNING! Well, my obsession with Norway began when we started watching Vikings on the history channel. Have you seen it? Brutal but brilliant. The series, (last season ever is half way through now) is following the sagas of the Lothbrok family of Vikings from Norway. You see them set off on raiding parties up the Fjord, and the landscape is stunning.

Image by enriquelopezgarre from Pixabay Beautiful Norway

However, the series was not shot in Norway at all! It was actually filmed in various places in Ireland! County Wicklow, County Durry and just outside of Dublin were all locations that lent themselves to the Norwegian scenes. So of course, I need to do a road trip around Ireland now as well as Norway! It is something we are hoping to do later this year. I promise, I will not dress up as a Viking and join one of those re-enacting groups…(unless the lead character from the show Vikings is there. If thats the case, I will be getting my Shield Maiden on quicker than you can say Skol).

Image by Bayawe from Pixabay Gorgeousl Ireland

I have found out that you can actually do an organised tour with Day Tours Unplugged from Dublin to see the Vikings locations. Result! The tour also shows locations from the films Braveheart and PS I Love you. Next time I am on a Dublin Weekender, that tour is mine!

The Cotswolds – My perfect Mini Break

Ok, I admit, this is another one I go on about. I have a thing for The Cotswolds. I am a big fan of a staycation as you may know if you have been here a while. But, for some reason, I have never got to this quintessentially English part of the UK. I was introduced to the idea of cosy stone cottages in beautiful villages, by the first Bridget Jones film. The village that Bridget’s parents live in when she visits, is literally my dream. To be fair, every area of The Cotswolds looks gorgeous. It looks so perfect! I am absolutely determined that this year, in Spring or Autumn, we will get to The Cotswolds for a short break.

Image by Matthew Hulland from Pixabay Beautiful Cotswolds Village

Alcazar Palace – Seville

I know I am not alone in wanting to see anything even remotely Game of Thrones. Kings Landing, the main City everything is focused on in GOT, was filmed in the capital of Croatia, Dubrovnik. I would love to see that City. However, it has now become a place of over tourism. I like to travel responsibly as you know, so I will give that one a miss for a while. So, Seville, aka Dorne, is on my wish list.

How gorgeous is Dorne I mean seville….Image by Raw2Jpeg from Pixabay

Seville is the home of the Alcazar Palace. This was portrayed as the Royal Palace of Dorne in the show. Dorne was always portrayed as the most beautiful, colourful of the seven Kingdoms. The Palace does nothing to change that view! It is a stunning building and I need to visit!

Fun Fact – The Seville Alcazar Palace is the oldest European Palace, that is still in use. The Spanish Royal Family use the upper chambers as their official residence in Seville. Fancy! It is a registered UNESCO world heritage site.

So there you have it! A little round up of how even fictional characters can sell me a dream! I have many, many more countries that I feel inspired to travel to, but not for mini break ideas. The distance of some of those would need at least a 10 day stay. Plus, the cocktails that I am pretty sure the paradise places of my long haul wish-list serve, would need thoroughly sampling….

Tell me, have you ever been inspired to travel somewhere because of a film or TV show? Do you have any destinations in your sights at the moment from fiction? Is there any places that are totally a work of some directors imagination that you would love to visit?

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  1. Louise
    February 10, 2020 / 7:21 pm

    Port Isaac Cornwall the set of Doc Martin looks lovely and one of my places to visit!

    • February 10, 2020 / 8:27 pm

      Ohhhh good choice! I have not been to Cornwall since I was a kid and I am desperate to go back. it looks absolutely stunning! Just not sure I would get Nik home again, it is his dream place to live!

  2. February 10, 2020 / 7:52 pm

    As much as I love writing about travel guides, I love fun posts like these even more! NY & Paris are 2 of my fave cities because of SATC, Gossip Girl (NY) and La Vie en Rose (Paris). More recently, I visited Vienna because of a scene from Made in Chelsea hahaha! I actually visit places I’ve seen in movies and plan itineraries around them. Bath and Cotswolds are top of my list for UK travel now because of The Holiday, Bridget Jones’ diary and of course, Les Mis.

    Ok I’ll stop here now because I’m clearly going into a long, excited ramble here LOL

    • February 10, 2020 / 8:31 pm

      Ohhhh you are so my king of girl! I am the exact same. I literally obsess over a place I see on tv if it pulls me. I would love to go to the manor house Bridget goes to with Daniel Clever. I would wear the head scarf and put the roof down on my car and everything haha! I do love to write a fun post to. I enjoy it. Thank you for reading. Thanks even more for being as excited as me xxx

  3. February 10, 2020 / 9:12 pm

    My mum loves Scotland and I know you love it there too. I WILL get there one day, I’m determined! I wouldn’t say I’ve been inspired by any films or TV programmes to visit a place – just what I’ve read or heard about them. I know I’d like to go to Iceland, Bulgaria, Mexico – and Edinburgh! x

    • February 10, 2020 / 10:37 pm

      I really do. If it didn’t rain so much in Scotland, I would move there in a heartbeat. Such a place of contrasting nature. I would love to see Edinburgh to. We are actually toying with it for April. We are looking at a couple of options, but Edinburg is a strong contender.

  4. February 11, 2020 / 7:28 am

    If only I could do the flight! The Sex And The City tour would be my dream. I’ve been to Scotland and loved it. The Cotswold looks beautiful though.

    • February 11, 2020 / 9:33 am

      Ohhhh Laurie you really would! It is so much fun. I am determined to see The Cotswolds this year, 100%

  5. February 11, 2020 / 4:26 pm

    I really want to go to Bruges ever since watching In Bruges with Colin Farrell. It looks stunning.

    • February 11, 2020 / 10:13 pm

      Ohhh I am totally with you there! In fact, we nearly ended up in Brugge before Christmas. We changed our mind at the last minute to Budapest. It look stunning, so good choice!

    • February 12, 2020 / 11:37 am

      Ah thank you so much for reading. It was a bit of silliness, but fun to write xx

  6. February 13, 2020 / 9:30 am

    Love your connection to NYC through Sex and the City, definitely inspirational. Or aspirational? 😉 You should absolutely go to Norway – it’s just breathtakingly stunning around almost every turn. And Seville is definitely on my list! I will admit that Game of Thrones hype impacted my experience of Dubrovnik, Croatia – home of King’s Landing – and not in a good way – as there were way too many Walk of Shame tours and shops selling themed goods to fans. I think the city is cutting back on some of that to give it a more authentic feel again and not just a tv/movie set, but unfortunately it was over the top a few years ago. I definitely get inspired by spots I see on screen too though! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles. Cheers from Copenhagen.

    • February 13, 2020 / 9:54 am

      My obsession with Norway knows no bounds! It just has a hold over me. I totally get what you mean about the Dubrovnik issues. I had read last year about how the tourism there was off the scale at the moment. They were even listing it as a place not to go to to try to claw back some control. I will not be visiting for a while. It is fun to visit places we see in films etc, but we have to be responsible tourists don’t we xx Thanks for reading x

  7. February 13, 2020 / 9:57 am

    Absolutely- I think it is up to us as the travellers to assess how our visiting could impact a place – I think Dubrovnik’s popularity will pipe down again at some point – a perfect example that MORE tourism isn’t always BETTER tourism. Cheers.

  8. February 13, 2020 / 3:39 pm

    These are great! My entire obsession with Ireland started when I first saw Leap Year. Even though it’s not my favorite movie, I loved it for all of the Irish landscapes. #farawayfiles

    • February 13, 2020 / 3:58 pm

      Ohhh so you feel my Vikings/Norway pain! it is strange how it can trigger a deep love of a destination isnt it. Thank you so much for reading xx

  9. Trish Burgess
    February 13, 2020 / 8:18 pm

    We visit Scotland a lot because my husband is from Edinburgh. It really is a stunning country. And yes, Seville is gorgeous. Go in the winter as it’s the ideal temperature for sightseeing.
    We visited Ystad in Sweden where the crime drama, Wallander, was filmed. It looked so pretty in the sunshine – unlike the grim, miserable camera shots! #farawayfiles

    • February 14, 2020 / 9:15 am

      Ohhh lucky you getting to Scotland often. I just love it there. Thank you so much for the tip re Seville, noted! I suppose for a crime drama it needs to be grey and dull haha! Thank you for reading x

  10. February 14, 2020 / 3:02 am

    I’ve done a few trips to places I’ve seen on TV – at the top of my list would be going to Port Isaac from Doc Martin.

    • February 14, 2020 / 9:16 am

      I have never seen Doc Martin, but Port Isaac has certainly entered my radar! It looks absolutely stunning. Good choice! x

  11. February 14, 2020 / 4:47 pm

    I must admit we’ve visited places based on a TV location, it’s great fun. We really need to head back to Scotland it been about 20 years since we last there, and like you it will have to be a road trip.

    I hope you get to visit Seville soon it is beautiful and one of our favourite European cities. #farawayfiles

    • February 14, 2020 / 5:04 pm

      Are you always surprised how different places look from on TV Janis? I can’t imagine ever having enough of Scotland, I am such a fan. Seville, I think we are going to aim for late September, or very early October. It looks such a great City xx

  12. Ladies what travel
    February 15, 2020 / 11:51 am

    Ah I also went to NYC for SatC stuff – had brunch in one of their regular spots! Actually NYC is great for lots of tv/film stuff, we went to Rice to Riches (from Hitch) and had to go to Ghostbusters HQ! #FarawayFiles

    • February 15, 2020 / 2:31 pm

      Oh my goodness the Ghostbusters HQ must have been fab! When I go back to New York, I want to do the Gossip Girl tour. i do love a bit of American teen drama haha! It is such a great place x Thank’s for popping across x

  13. March 25, 2020 / 2:57 pm

    What a fun post Kerry! I’ve visited Solden and Bregenz Austria for James Bond related things and Highclere Castle for downton abbey! It’s fun to visit these places 🙂 thanks for the future ideas!!

    • March 25, 2020 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much, glad you found it lighthearted. I think it is fun to see places you are familiar with on tv, I always get that ohhhh moment haha! I would love to visit Highclere, I bet it is amazing! It is on my list

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