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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.
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…?
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.
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……
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?