Snuggling under the duvet in front of a movie is always a great way to forget about the daily grind - if only for a few hours. From the concrete jungle of New York to tropical paradise in the Caribbean, film has the power to transport us anywhere in the world - and often leaves us with some serious wanderlust. So why not go one step further and board a plane for the ultimate escape? No need to hit the silver screen for your travel inspo - we’ve got 10 trips based on 10 epic movies for you to add to your bucket list.
Jaws - Martha’s Vineyard
Beneath the gorgeous turquoise waters of Martha’s Vineyard island in Massachusetts, the world’s most infamous great white shark with an insatiable hunger lay in wait for innocent beachgoers. Despite being the setting for the thriller that scared a generation of cinema-goers out of the sea, the affluent summer colony’s scenic beauty, attracts keen day-trippers, celebrity second home owners and city rats looking for a getaway. With cozy inns, green landscape, and golden beaches, the island just 7 miles off Cape Cod feels a world apart from mainland America.
Mad Max: Fury Road - Namibia
The dusty deserts and towering dunes of Namibia were chosen to represent a post-apocalyptic Australia for this modern day dystopian action film. The southwestern African country’s sheer natural beauty and remote wilderness makes it a perfect vacation choice for travelers looking to venture off the beaten path. Most of the film’s recognizable backdrops, including the chase scenes through the orange wastelands, were filmed in the Namib, the world’s oldest desert.
The Godfather - Savoca
The picturesque Sicilian village of Savoca stood in for notorious mafia hotspot Corleone, the hometown of the so-named Corleone family at the heart of Francis Ford Coppola's classic nine-hour cinematic saga. The tranquil hilltop medieval village with Hollywood credentials has amazing rural views, rustic stones cottages and haunting churches. Fans can still find Bar Vitelli where a lovestruck Michael Corleone played by Al Pacino discusses his proposed marriage to Apollonia.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Mexico
This groundbreaking adventure movie became one of the first in Hollywood to be filmed on location in Mexico. The epic treasure hunt spans much of the country, including Tampico, Acapulco and the famous Sierra Madre mountains. Many locals appeared as extras in the film and also recorded Walter Huston’s lines in Spanish which he then memorised - apparently so well some people assumed he spoke fluently.
The Revenant - Alberta
The visually stunning production for which Leo finally clinched his Oscar features landscapes just as enthralling as his performance. While set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota, the epic survival movie is mainly filmed in the Western Canadian province of Alberta. From the remote wilderness of the Bow Valley to mesmerising hoodoo rock formations, the movie features some of Canada’s most impressive natural wonders. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu determined to use as little CGI as possible, and even used explosives to trigger an avalanche on Fortress Mountain.
Boyhood - Texas
The rocky terrain in the vast state of Texas plays a key part in this coming-of-age film shot over 12 years. From rugged landscape and small-town simplicity to big-city lights, this diverse state has everything. The steep canyons, towering mountains and endless deserts of the Big Bend national park provided stunning backdrops for the Oscar-winning film.
Slumdog Millionaire - India
Danny Boyle’s Academy Award-winning rags to riches story follows the life of 18-year-old Jamal, a boy from the slums who is one question away from winning India’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire? From bustling streets of Mumbai and the slums of Dharavi to the opulent Taj Mahal, Jamal’s touching journey shows us more than one side of India. Boyle shot scenes using real locations in Mumbai’s busy streets and Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, as much as possible and cast locals as the main child characters.
Lost in Translation - Tokyo
Filmed in the buzzing capital of Japan, Lost in Translation showcases Tokyo’s eclectic mix of the ultra-modern and the traditional, from towering, neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The award-winning film directed by Sofia Coppola was mainly shot in the city’s two most bustling and colorful districts, Shinjuku and Shibuya. Shinjuku, a busy business and entertainment district, is home to the Park Hyatt Tokyo, the hotel where lovers Bon and Charlotte stay and meet each other.
Before Sunrise - Vienna
When exploring a new city, the best way to get your bearings and discover hidden gems is to wander around with no real agenda. This aimless wandering that travelers love so much is captured beautifully in Before Sunrise, where an American backpacker and a French woman have a 12-hour love affair while exploring Vienna for the day. The 90s film showcases many of Vienna’s sights, from the famous coffeehouse Café Sperl to Albertinaplatz square overlooking the opera house.
Amélie - Paris
No list of trips based on movies is complete without a film shot in Paris. The French capital’s stunning architecture, romantic bridges across the Seine and quaint café terraces make it one of the most-filmed cities in the world. Amélie’s impressive cinematography manages to capture the iconic city in a different light while following a quirky French waitress living in Montmartre in search of her purpose in life. The whimsical French classic features quintessential French cafés, the metro, Sacré Cœur and some beautiful shots of the Parisian cityscape.