I believe that travel should always make an emotional connection. It gives a trip so much more value. An affinity with my destination makes the whole experience more satisfying and vibrant. I have been inspired to travel thanks to the drama, natural beauty and culture on screen. Some places lived up to expectations and some remain on my wish list.
Inspired to Travel by TV
Moving to a bigger screen takes a bit of getting used to. For example a big screen like the Oled TV Panasonic really knocks out some dramatic impact. It’s a while since we increased our TV size but I remember it took me time to adjust to how big all the people are. The landscapes and scenery are bigger too, and I can really appreciate fine cinematography.
Out of Africa
All my pre-conceived notions of a safari on the African plains came from watching “Out of Africa” in my teens. Years later when we went to Kenya we visited Karen Blixen’s house from the movie. Visiting the house was not a special ambition beforehand, yet it was so memorable.
Death on the Nile
In the days before children we got a bargain break to Luxor, Egypt. The excursions on that holiday were amazing. As we wandered through the Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Temple it dawned on us that we had seen it in a movie. The famous falling stone scene from Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile was set here. No stones fell for us and we had a great time.
Swallows and Amazons
We’ve had a couple of camping holidays to Coniston water, around the same time that the latest Swallows and Amazon’s movie was released. We are no sailors but we did enjoy the views when it didn’t rain! It’s one of Belle’s favourite films so she liked seeing where it was shot.
Demelza always looks like the ultimate romantic heroine in Poldark. Her red hair is whipped in the wind atop the rugged cliffs. Seeing Poldark now, I am inspired to travel back to Cornwall. Although we visited Tintagel and Marazion, we barely explored the beaches of the north coast of Cornwall.
Obviously there is no real Downton Abbey but it’s filmed at the beautiful Highclere Castle in Berkshire. I am not sure how much I want to queue to visit the inside as Christy from Welsh Mum of One tells me there is no photography allowed, but it is very pretty from outside. Downton Abbey is set near Thirsk. I am easily inspired to travel to the North York Moors as I love the area. A trip to Castle Howard might be a good alternative.
I have wanted to visit Versailles since I was a child. Now there is a fabulous TV series. I’ll have to make do with the sumptuous TV show as it’s unlikely I’ll be able to drag my family there. I am the only one with this ambition, even though we love to go on holiday to France. I most want to see the famous mirrored hall and the fountains.
I have this thing with spaceships. The real life ones that just orbit the earth and launch satellites are far too dull. However going boldly where Captain Kirk has gone before seems like a great idea (as long as they don’t give me a red shirt). For now I’ll just have to stick to seeing stars in a dark sky from earth. I’m still waiting for that trip on the Enterprise!
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