Tinseltown sees movies as escapism, but we think they are even better as a source of inspiration. Here are 5 awesome trips inspired by the silver screen.
The film: Pride and Prejudice
The location: Peak District, UK
Pros: “Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains?” The Peak District National Park is within easy driving distance from Manchester and Sheffield. Visitors will feel relaxed and awed by the natural beauty of the region. And as a plus, you can also stop by the lovely Chatsworth House, which posed as Pemberley in the 1995 BBC adaptation of P&P.
Cons: If nature isn’t your cup of tea and you have no taste for fine country houses, you’ll be bored out of your wits.
The film: The Sound of Music
The location: Salzburg, Austria
Pros: Gorgeous architecture, including the Old Town, which is a World Heritage Site. You’ll recognize many of the locations from the movie. Other notable stop points include the birthplace of Mozart. If you pick up a car hire in Salzburg, you can also easily travel to Vienna.
Cons: Salzburg can feel very touristy in places and the prices tend to reflect that.
The film: Ocean’s Twelve
The location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Pros: So maybe we can’t all be part of an intricate heist and live surrounded by the likes of Pitt and Clooney (*swoon*). But none of that is really necessary to enjoy Amsterdam, a city which has a bit of everything for everyone. If you’re into architecture, there’s plenty of that to go around; if you want to explore the city’s culture, there’s a never-ending supply of museums, theatres and concert-halls; and if you’re looking for something a bit more risque, Amsterdam’s famous Red light district is an unmissable stop.
Cons: Amsterdam is a relatively small town compared to London or Paris. If you’re going for several days, it might be worth it to pick up a car hire in Amsterdam and take the opportunity to explore a bit more of the Netherlands.
The film: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The location: Barcelona, Spain
Pros: Barcelona has it all: the Barri Gòtic, the beaches, the lovely parks, even a weird and incredibly phallic building that makes you wonder what the architect was compensating for. The dream-like appearance of Gaudi’s architecture is a must-see. With a Barcelona car hire, you can also easily travel along the Spanish coast and see more of this sunny corner of Europe.
Cons: You may think trying to speak Spanish to the locals is a great thing, and in many other places in Spain it might be. Here, however, some people may take issue with the fact, since the language in Catalonia is Catalan, not Castilian (the Spanish you’d hear in Madrid, for instance). Always beware of pickpockets, specially in tourist areas.
The film: Raiders of The Lost Ark
The location: Cairo, Egypt
Pros: Exotic and lovely, Cairo is full of historic landmarks and impressive architecture. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is a must-see and who could go to Egypt without seeing the Great Pyramids?
Cons: Mummy curses. Political instability. Chaotic traffic and drivers with a death wish. Also, female travellers, however demurely dressed, will get a fairly large amount of uninvited attention.