I totally get how one can be inspired to holiday in the same location as where their favourite film is set; film sets are generally well photographed and peppered with attractive actors/actresses, transforming said location into a glossier and glamorous version of itself. In fact, our interest in film inspired travel has boosted the travel industry:
- *8.5% of tourists who visit New Zealand cite The Lord of the Rings trilogy as the key reason behind their holiday decision
- Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland, other wise known as Hogwarts, has generated just under £9 million for the local economy thanks to its starring role in the first two Harry Potter movies
- Flights searches to Norway has risen by 153% following the release of Disney’s Frozen
This summer’s releases are set to continue the trend for film inspired travel; holiday home swap specialists, Love Home Swap have rounded up current blockbusters and paired with properties in must –see locations to suit every travel style from a beach break in Hawaii to LA’s – A – list attractions:
Paper Towns – North Carolina: This highly-anticipated rom-com (following on from the success of John Green’s first movie-adaptation success, The Fault in Our Stars) is set in Florida, but many of the scenes are filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Stay in – a timber frame home on the quiet north shore of Lake Adger, North Carolina. This home comes with the use of a dock, kayak, life jackets, toys and additional water accessories ideal for the lake below.
Ted 2 – Massachusetts: A trip to Boston is a must this year for fans of A-Lister local, Mark Wahlberg, and his outspoken, furry friend Ted.
Stay on – the top three floors of a 160-year-old six-story building on a quiet, tree-lined street in the historic Italian district, within walking distance of great sights and amenities including: Paul Revere’s House, Old North Church, the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, the Aquarium, the new Greenway parks and carousel, ferry docks, three subway lines, and countless shops and restaurants.
Mad Max– Fury Road – New South Wales, Australia: The reboot of the iconic action movie was predominantly filmed in the desert of Namibia. While some of you may want to trek out into the desert, most of you would perhaps be more comfortable in New South Wales, where the crew caught the final shots of the blockbuster, starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.
Stay in – the heart of Sydney in a contemporary styled home, complete with outdoor swimming pool. Built on an elevated block, this home makes for a great private hideaway and is just 10 minutes away from restaurants, shops and beaches.
Aloha– Hawaii: For those who have already done Ko Phi Phi and Bali (thanks to The Beach and Eat Pray Love) your next big movie-inspired beach break is sure to be Honolulu where you can lounge on the very same beaches as Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone.
Stay in – an ocean front home on Sunset Beach to experience authentic Hawaii. The ocean is perfect for surfing, snorkelling, and paying a visit to the Turtle Bay resort, while land -based activities includes: biking, hiking and horseback riding.
Avengers– Age of Ultron – South Africa and England: Those who want to travel like Captain America and Tony Stark have a lot of options this summer. The film was shot around the world, including destinations like Johannesburg, South Africa and Surrey.
Stay in – a stunning newly renovated tri-level penthouse set in the top three floors of the former Barclay’s Bank headquarters in Johannesburg. Make the most of Johannesburg’s city views with the outdoor pool and jacuzzi.
Hot Pursuit – Louisiana – The knee-slapping comedy will make you want to hop on a plane to visit the historic city of New Orleans.
Stay in – an uptown New Orleans home tastefully decorated with Asian flair, complete with French antiques. Take advantage of the pool, garden and rich New Orleans culture.
Entourage– California: Want to live like an A-Lister? Go ahead and book your trip to Los Angeles. It may not exactly be a new tip, but to live the life of Vince, Ari (and Turtle), it simply has to be LA.
Stay at – a luxurious home located on Devlin Drive in the Hollywood Hills. Live like Vince as you chill in the steam room and solar heated pool, while listening to the audio system throughout.
Magic Mike XXL– South Carolina: If you and your friends are already excited to see Channing Tatum and the gang reassemble this summer, a girl’s trip to Myrtle Beach is a must. This is where, in the sequel to the surprise smash of 2012, the boys go on a pilgrimage to a stripping convention. Obviously.
Stay in – a tastefully, furnished modern country home. Improve your handicap with golf courses nearby, take a stroll in the surrounding gardens and satiate your appetite with visits to local restaurants.
For a list of attractive properties to stay in during your blockbuster holiday please visit: Love Home Swap
* Source – Love Home Swap