We’re not sure how you feel, but we love our films to have an enviable location in addition to a gripping plot. The world of cinema provides endless travel inspiration, transporting us across the globe with a single awe-inspiring shot.
With awards season upon us, what better time to help you plan your own cinematic odyssey? Here is our film buff’s guide to the world.
While your journey through Oz may be slightly less eventful than that in the highly-praised Mad Max: Fury Road, the sights will be even more intoxicating. Alongside its sandy shores and bustling cities, Australia promises adventure: vast swathes of fiery outback and cliff-strewn national parks.
Athens provides the beautiful setting for The Two Faces of January, a film brimming with deception and intrigue. Set in the 1960s, it’s hard to resist falling in love with the costumes and charming setting, but today, Greece hasn’t lost any of its magic. The country is filled with cobbled streets, azure waters and lush scenery, its busy towns and pristine countryside living in harmony.
France is an artist’s paradise, so it’s little surprise that the country’s capital city has formed the backdrop for so many great films. The district of Montmartre takes centre-stage in quirky Amelie, while various city-wide locations make Midnight in Paris and Funny Face even dreamier.
Former Oscar and BAFTA nominees, Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, share a truly heady backdrop: India. The former showcases Mumbai, a fast-paced city that will (quite literally) sweep you off your feet. By comparison, the opening scenes of Life of Pi take place in peaceful Pondicherry. This sea of tranquillity still oozes its French colonial past, and is the perfect retreat for yoga lovers.
If you haven’t entertained the idea of visiting Japan, Lost in Translation will sway you. Filmed across the restaurants, karaoke bars and streets of Tokyo, it shows the tender side of this often overwhelming city. If you do just one thing on your trip, get an aerial view of Shibuya crossing. As traffic lights turn red in every direction, you’ll be in awe of the sheer number of people spilling across the road.
Grab a coffee and a croissant, and head to New York, the unmistakable backdrop in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. As well as spending a day doing things you’ve never done before, a la Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak, you can visit the famous Tiffany’s store, take a stroll around Central Park and spend time in the Museum of Modern Art.
New release, The Revenant, is hotly-tipped for awards season success, with a raw plot and setting to match. Shot largely in the Canadian wilderness, it’s full of breath-taking scenery that will make you want to dive into a back-to-basics adventure as soon as possible.
South America is otherworldly, home to misty mountains, dense rainforests and towering volcanoes. It can be seen in all its glory in The Motorcycle Diaries: the big-screen version of Che Guevara and Alberto Granado’s journey from Brazil to Peru. It was shot on location, so we dare you to gaze upon the landscape and not fall head over heels.
Steeped in history, culture and allure, Italy is a born Bond location. From Rome in Spectre and Venice in Casino Royale, to Siena in Quantum of Solace, Italy has formed the setting for some thrilling scenes. While you’re there, however, we’d advise romantic strolls over rooftop chases!
Chilling turn of events aside, The Beach will make your feet itch for Thailand. The film’s stunning beachside locations are the epitome of paradise, all pristine sand and bright blue ocean. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, and with opportunities for mountain hiking and scuba diving, you’ll never grow bored.
Have you recently seen any films that have inspired your sense of wanderlust? We’d love to know what they are. Leave us a comment, below.