The Oscars, Golden Globes and many other start of the year award events will be seen movie critics set out to judge movies of the previous years. However, the real film fans among us can travel to the filming locations of legendary movies! So here is our short list of these next-best-things.
Petra is the most famous location in Jordan, in that you probably know of it, but not which country it’s in. This historical city has been featured in movies like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Arabian Nights, Passion in the Desert, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, and The Mummy Returns, as well as movie-adjacent product Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
The location of the Petra is believed to have been inhabited since 9,000 B.C., but the location was only chosen to become the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom in 4th century B.C.. While it started out as a trade hub, it eventually dwindled due to sea trade. Abandoned, the city was only rediscovered by 1812. Al Khazeh, the only structure anyone can recognize, is the tomb of a king who ruled in the 1st century B.C.. Visit Petra before climate change makes the desert literally catch fire!
- New Zealand
New Zealand is the place best known for the kickass tattoos that the natives don, the kiwi (bird) and not appearing on maps. However, most of us got the first solid glimpse at the country as it served as the backdrop for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies (as opposed to Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings movies, I guess).
NZ provided not only the craggy cliffs but also the location for Hobbiton. You can tour the set, visit the Green Dragon Inn (and even sleep there), eat at the Shire’s Rest cafe… That and more awaits those who will visit the town of Matamata, which is about a two hour ride away from Auckland, the biggest city in the isles. Compared to the trip to NZ, it’s but a short walk!
Modern people encountering dinosaurs on a remote tropical island? Why, that’s the plot of 1974’s cult classic The Land That Time Forgot. But did you know that small indie movie Jurassic Park was actually filmed at a tropical paradise? That’s right, this little-known movie was filmed partially in Kauai, Hawaii.
For the real film history buffs. Manawaiopuna Falls are also known as Jurassic Falls, and can be reached via a helicopter ride. That’s because Kauai is probably the least inhabited of the islands, with about 80% of the land being untouched by humans. Why, you could hide an entire Jurassic world in there!
Episode 434 of The Simpsons saw our favorite Minion-like family visit grand ol’ Éire (or “Ireland,” as the kids call it these days). But did you know that Ireland was also the location where Braveheart was filmed? That’s right, since it’s cheaper to film in Ireland than in Scotland, the rigorously historically accurate Mel Gibson epic was filmed at Trim Castle. You can visit this 12th century fortification today!
Speaking of authenticity: do you know the Skyfall estate that Bond visited in the 2012 movie? Yep, that house was built for the movie and is now protected by the British Ministry in Defense. At least it’s located at the actual Glen Coe in Scotland. So if you’re touring Ireland for the movie about a Scottish hero, you might as well go to Scotland to see the home of the most famous British spy.
The Godfather movies aren’t all set in the US, oh no. Don Vito Corleone didn’t just appear in America, fully formed with a cat on his lap. His backstory was filmed in actual Sicily, and you can visit it to get the feeling of the spot.
The village of Savoca and the town of Forza d’Agrò played the parts of Corleone in the movie. One of the bars that appeared in the film might still be functioning! Hopefully, you won’t run into any affairs with organized crime while you visit.
Hey there, reader, you wanna be truly shiny and chrome? Then go to Namibia. Home to the Namib Desert, this was the country that hosted the filming of Mad Max: Fury Road, the best movie of the year it came out.
While the country is coastal, it was the Namib Desert, with its vast expanses of red dunes and flat roads that attracted the eyes of movie producers. Oh, and it’s theorized to be the oldest desert in the world. Never thought about deserts that way, huh? Well, you wouldn’t have thought that a modern, soft reboot of Mad Max would be good, but look how wrong you turned out to be! So time to visit Namibia!
However, your dreams of walking in the steps of (Hollywood movie) giants might be ruined by flight disruptions. Film characters don’t encounter delays, cancellations or overbooking, unless it’s really necessary to the plot. However, your life is not a script – and you deserve to be compensated for such unpleasantness. That’s why you should claim flight compensation via Skycop. You stand to gain up to €600, which is enough for two movie tickets and a small box of popcorn!