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Has Hollywood influenced your traveling?

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Have you seen a location on TV or in a movie that made you want to travel to that place? If so where did you go and what did you see?
7 years ago, July 23rd 2011 No: 21 Msg: #140819  
I have not been put off visiting a place because of what I have seen in a movie.

Watching Into the Wild made me want to go back to Alaska.

Lost in Translation had some great scenes and made me want to go to Japan.

The Darjeeling Limited had some great scenes of India. Can't wait to get there. Reply to this

7 years ago, July 27th 2011 No: 22 Msg: #141063  
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well I don't think hollywood has influed me, but other travveling shows 😊 I am really into Australia/Pacific islands, Nepal and Ecuador (galapágos) at the moment 😊 I think that thoose kinds of program is good, because they can widen/open you perspective and make you choose new roads in life. At the moment I just wanna' finish high school and then work to be able to travel later 😊 Have a nice day! Reply to this

7 years ago, September 6th 2011 No: 23 Msg: #142868  
Films have influenced my travels massively.

City Slickers was a big reason why I ran the Pamplona Bull run & also influenced our visit to the states when we stayed at a ranch.

Numerous films influenced our decision to visit Egypt.

Like Shane, Indiana Jones influenced our visit to Petra.

Superman (can't remember which one) influenced my decision to include Pisa in our Italy itinerary.

I'm sure there are films I'm forgetting but these are the ones I can think of at the moment. Reply to this

7 years ago, September 6th 2011 No: 24 Msg: #142869  
We are going to Morocco in October. Can anyone suggest any films we should be watching before our trip? Reply to this

7 years ago, September 6th 2011 No: 25 Msg: #142877  
I recommend "The WInd and the Lion" with Shaun Connery and Candice Bergen. Reply to this

7 years ago, September 15th 2011 No: 26 Msg: #143344  
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The one I find that is funny is The Horse Whisperer. I live in this part of the world and knew the roads they were on. They stopped at the Little Big Horn Battle Field and then they were going over a mountain pass on the way to the Bozeman area. Um, the pass they were on was the Beartooth Pass and I recognized the spot. Problem is, the road to the battle field and the pass run parallel to each other. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 3rd 2011 No: 27 Msg: #144390  


Ok, so Hollywood does take a few liberties.

Sometimes presenting the essence of a location is enough. Reply to this

7 years ago, October 3rd 2011 No: 28 Msg: #144436  
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A few 😊 LOL Reply to this

3 years ago, January 11th 2016 No: 29 Msg: #194842  
We are planning a trip to Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, and Switzerland.

We're going to watch Lawrence of Arabia, the Indiana Jones movies and a few Bond movies.

Any other suggestions on movies? Reply to this

3 years ago, January 11th 2016 No: 30 Msg: #194845  
For Switzerland, watch the Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood...along with Bond's On Her Majesty's Secret Service...both in the Bernese Oberland. Reply to this

3 years ago, January 11th 2016 No: 31 Msg: #194851  

3 years ago, January 22nd 2016 No: 32 Msg: #194989  
Well, like a few of the posts here are the same:
LOTR new Zealand
Avatar, Hunan China
The Killing Fields, Combodia and Laos
Memiors of a Geisha, Japan
Indiana Jones and the last crusade, Jordan
Before Sunrise- Vienna
Out of Africa- Kenya
The white Balloon- Iran
Seven years in Tibet, Tibet
Full Metal Jacket- Vietnam
From Russia with Love, Russia
I am an avid watcher of movies from the old to the new. I could probably list another 20 movies and places i want to visit. but this is the short list Reply to this

3 years ago, January 22nd 2016 No: 33 Msg: #194990  
In response to: Msg #194989 i should make a correction from russia with love turkey Reply to this

3 years ago, January 22nd 2016 No: 34 Msg: #194993  
"The Way" inspired me to walk the Camino de Santiago, the 500 mile, thousand year old pilgrim Way across northern Spain, this coming September. Reply to this

3 years ago, May 29th 2016 No: 35 Msg: #196733  
Just like David and Mary, The Bridge of the River Kwai was my inspiration to visit Kanchanaburi.

Let me tell you a story about a scene from 'Apocalypse Now' starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen and Robert Duvall and how I searched for it in Vietnam. In the movie, the American Marines were patrolling the Mekong River with a gunner boat. The jungles on the both sides of the river were so deep that hardly any sunlight could penetrate. Suddenly a boat appears from the opposite side. Villagers were transporting some local produce. The gunners stop the boat, suspect them as VC and machine gun the crap out of it. During my last Vietnam trip I rented a boat in the Mekong delta one morning and I was searching canals after canals looking for exactly the same landscape that I saw in the movie. I found a number of Vietnamese boats with local produce such as the movie, I found a number of villages on the river side, I stopped in several of those and asked the villagers, but I failed to discover such a dense forest by the side of the river. At the end of the day, my boatman refused to travel any more, he possibly thought I am a nut case, and probably he was right; but finally I gave up....and now I am convinced, that the scene of the movie must have been shot somewhere else, not where I was searching for it Someday when I find out where the scene was shot, I bet I'll run there. Anyone interested to join me? I know what you are thinking, ]

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3 years ago, May 29th 2016 No: 36 Msg: #196734  
In response to: Msg #196733 The movie was shot in the Philippines. Reply to this

3 years ago, May 29th 2016 No: 37 Msg: #196738  
In response to: Msg #196734 Good to know. Thx. I will be in Philippines for a couple of days in December. Let me see if I could squeeze a search.
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3 years ago, May 29th 2016 No: 38 Msg: #196739  
Good luck on your search! Reply to this

3 years ago, May 29th 2016 No: 39 Msg: #196745  
In response to: Msg #196739 Yes David and Mary Jo, given the political instability in Philippines (where actually the movie was shot as pointed out by Bob), especially in the southern Philippines, I may need that luck factor for sure. With my luck, probably that river flows in the south!!! Reply to this

35 months ago, July 7th 2016 No: 40 Msg: #197279  
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If anything, Hollywood has reduced my enjoyment of certain areas. As others have noted, filmmakers are very good at finding locations that can stand in for other areas, changing scenery, using sets, and otherwise making places look pettier/cooler/more dramatic than they really are. I see a film, want to see the location in real life, finally get there, and then realize just how many liberties the directors took. See my blog on the VLA in New Mexico (To Discover the Universe) for one example.

Thankfully, its not all bad. The Lord of the Rings DVDs have documentaries on the real places in New Zealand where the films were shot. Those are petty enough to add the country to my bucket list. Reply to this

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