Great movies that inspire you to travel

One of the most popular tourist photo-ops in Rome, Italy, has visitors lining up at an old church and pretending their hand may soon be devoured by a giant marble face.

Ask them why they have come to risk their digits inside the Bocca della Verità, or Mouth of Truth — legend has it that it will chomp down on liars — and many will say “Roman Holiday,” the classic movie that famously showed Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck exploring this and other Eternal City landmarks.

It’s one of many films that make you want to say “ciao” to home and go on location yourself. After all, movies have been making settings as alluring as their stars thanks to stunning scenery or unforgettable cinematography.

“Sometimes, it can really inspire people to visit a place,” said Jay Boyar, a film critic and author of “Films to Go: 100 Memorable Movies for Travelers & Others.”

“They’ll see the beauty of a city or a country, and they’ll just start dreaming about that place, and the next thing they know, they’re there.”

We’ve put together a list of movies that have inspired people to travel. The selections are based on some personal preferences and an informal survey of our newsroom, but the list is by no means definitive, and we invite you to name your favorites in the comment section below.

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  • “Before Sunrise” (1995) and “Before Sunset” (2004) — In “Before Sunrise,” Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy star as young travelers who meet on a train in Europe and impulsively decide to walk around Vienna, Austria, in the hours before he has to catch a plane back to the United States. Filled with conversation and romantic Viennese backdrops, the movie inspired a sequel starring both actors set in Paris, France, nine years after the characters parted ways. “I like them both, but somehow, I like ‘Before Sunset’ better. It shows you the out-of-the-way places in Paris,” Boyar said. “Julie Delpy, who is French, actually was one of the people who helped select locations. You really get that native sense of the place that you don’t get in a lot of other movies.”

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  • “Under the Tuscan Sun” (2003) — Based on a memoir by writer Frances Mayes, the film follows a recently divorced American woman, played by Diane Lane, who decides to buy and renovate a villa in Tuscany, the beautiful northwest region of Italy. The story actually inspired about 20 expats to purchase houses near Mayes in the town of Cortona, and tourists regularly flock to the area to see where she lives, the author said.

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  • “Sideways” (2004) — Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church play two buddies who take a trip to California’s wine country before one of them gets married. “You really do get a wonderful sense of that area,” Boyar said, citing scenes that showed grape pickers, sun-soaked vineyards, wine tastings and the culinary pleasures of the region. The movie was filmed near Santa Barbara but had a great impact on tourism in Napa Valley because many people assumed that’s where the story took place, said Erica Ercolano, a marketing consultant for WineCountry.com. Many people still cite the flick when booking their vacations, she added.

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  • “Summertime” (1955) — The romantic canals and piazzas of Venice, Italy, share a starring role with Katharine Hepburn, who plays a single American woman exploring the city on her dream vacation and finding love. Legendary director David Lean pays tribute to the beauty of Venice in virtually every frame, from the pleasures of sipping espresso in Piazza San Marco to wandering the narrow streets as gondolas float by. Fans of the movie can check out (and check into) the Pensione Accademia Villa Maravege, which was used as the boarding house where Hepburn’s character stayed.

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  • The “Bourne Identity” and James Bond series — OK, the places can flash by pretty quickly in these movies, especially if the characters are taking part in yet another car chase with the bad guy, but the locations are often fun and spectacular. Think the Bahamas and Italy in “Casino Royale,” and Morocco, Germany and England in “The Bourne Ultimatum.” “That’s like a series of postcards from all different cities,” Boyar said. “Sometimes, you say that might be interesting to check out.” Plus, the fact that Jason Bourne and “007” can zip all over the globe seemingly at their whim can inspire some major wanderlust.

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  • “Out of Africa” (1985) — There is a scene in which Robert Redford’s character takes his lover, played by Meryl Streep, on a biplane ride of such spectacular beauty over Kenya that it’s almost too much to take in. Waterfalls, mountains, rivers, hundreds of birds taking off in unison from a body of water and a perfect beach all flash by, leaving the lovers and the viewers stunned. Set in the early 20th century and based on a memoir by Baroness Karen Blixen (writing under the name of Isak Dinesen), the film also features sweeping views of Kenya’s grasslands and a taste of what it’s like to be on a safari. Tourism in Kenya reportedly jumped in the year after the movie was released.

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  • “Enchanted April” (1992) — The misery of rainy London, England, is replaced by the warmth of Italy for four women who rent a castle in the 1920s to try to get away from their spouses, lovers and everyday lives. The movie was filmed at Castello Brown, above the resort town of Portofino, and showcased the region’s gorgeous setting and views. “That’s a beautiful movie, and it also has that lovely sense of being off on your own and happily isolated by a little enchanted Never Never Land, which is a feeling you sometimes want to have on a vacation — that you’re really away from your usual life and you can be a different person,” Boyar said.

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  • “The English Patient” (1996) — Filmed in Tunisia and Italy, the movie flashes back and forth between exotic desert landscapes and the Tuscan countryside as it tells the story of a dying man, played by Ralph Fiennes, his mysterious past and the young nurse who takes care of him. Set at the end of World War II, the film can give your tear ducts a pretty intense workout. But it can also inspire longing to see some of the desert canyons, massive sand dunes and caves featured in the African portion of the movie, as well as the small-town beauty of rural Tuscany.

source: By A. Pawlowski, CNN

VICTORIA FALLS

In 2010 my hubby whose name is Celsio. We travelled to Victoria Falls for our wedding anniversary. We chose Victoria Falls because it’s the Seven Natural Wonder of the World.

Facts: It is the largest waterfall in the world. This recognition comes from combining the height and width together to create the largest single sheet of flowing water. Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and travellers can access the falls through either Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The falls are also close to the border of Botswana. The Zambezi River, which originates in northern Zambia, serves as the fall’s water source. The name Victoria Falls was given to the falls by the Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone. He named the falls after the reigning queen at the time. The locals called the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “smoke that thunders.” Many people still refer to this nickname, which accurately defines the falls

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We stayed at the very beautiful Victoria Safari Lodge, Definitely for honeymooners cause there is no tv and I love my tv no matter what is on. But besides that the place is stunning, what you see on TV or in pictures is exactly how it is. We went for 4 nights which was more than enough, not much to see anyway. Victoria Falls, Falls is a whole day event. When u enter the gate of the falls, there is quite a few vendors who sell umbrellas and rain coats at a very cheap price. And lucky we did buy it cause u can get soaking wet from the spray of the fall.

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One can also bungee jump at Vic Falls, once in a life time experience. Test the edge of fear…leap from no-man’s land between Zimbabwe and Zambia. This is 111 metres of pure adrenaline rush!

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After our day spent at the amazing falls we knew the next best thing would be to just relax at the hotel watching the water hole for animals and just our luck we did see some elephants as the sunset beautifully in the back ground.

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The sunset cruise on the Zambezi River is a definite must on any trip to Victoria Falls. Relax with a sundowner and snacks as you gaze out onto the banks of the river. Have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa. Warm welcoming from the locals and got to see Hippo’s.

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Victoria Falls Hotel, one of the top 10 hotels in the world.

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Hope you enjoyed the post and thank you for viewing it, have a lovely week ahead.

21 Things Every Girl Should Do at Least Once in Her Life

I was reading the cosmopolitan online and I came across this article, which I think is so true. And the fact that it says at number 4 TRAVEL,  I think it should be number one, never the less it is there and that’s what counts. The article below is by Lara vd Merwe. Please enjoy.

We can write a pretty introduction that will make you feel all warm and fluffy inside but we’re not going to. Instead, just read the list and love it. It’s the ultimate bucket list!

1. Swim naked in a pool, in a dam or in the sea. Just swim naked – and do it with someone you love. You’ll feel free and happy, admired and loved.

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2. Cut your hair after something life-changing happens. For whatever reason it may be – landing your dream job or if you’re wallowing in self pity after a major break-up. Cut it off, and start fresh and new.

3. Forgive someone. Especially if they don’t deserve it – just because you are the bigger and better person. Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

4. Travel alone. Pack your bags, take your passport and say goodbye to the people you love, just for a little while. Take some time out to enjoy your own company.

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5. Eat dessert for breakfast. Because you never know what could happen and you don’t want to wish you ate that.

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6. Go to a spa, just because you had a crappy day and you deserve a massage with a glass of bubbly.

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7. Bake a cake and then eat the whole thing, without feeling bad or extending your training hours the next day.

8. Learn to enjoy a good meal in a restaurant, all by yourself. Don’t hide behind a screen – put down your iPad and cellphone. Take a look at the people around you, and just enjoy good food.

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9. Quit the job you hate and go after what you’ve always wanted. You spend an average of 40 years working. Make sure you enjoy what you’re doing! (The math: average retirement age = 60 years. Average age you start working = 20 years. Average working day= nine hours.)

10. Spoil yourself with something really expensive, once a year. Even if you have to save up all year for that special bag or that amazing pair of heels, you will love and appreciate them.

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11. Learn a new language. You might meet a dashing Italian stallion, and you might want to speak more than just the language of love.

12. Conquer a fear. They say it makes you feel alive. (We won’t judge you if you decide to chicken out and skip this one.)

13. Delete, unfollow and block people who bring negativity into your life. They say you are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with. Think about that.

14. Try new food and order something different. Don’t be boring.

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15. Learn to enjoy the finer things in life, like good red wine.

16. Be polite to customer-service peeps instead of taking your life issues out on them. They are trying to earn an income and support a family too.

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17. Spend an entire day in your PJs, watching series and eating takeaways. Because, why not?

18. Get dressed up for no other reason but to wear your new heels – even if it’s just to cook supper for friends.

19. Learn to cook a signature dish – you never know when you might need to impress someone.

20. Read a book – and enjoy it. Turn off your phone and pour yourself a glass of wine. For a good laugh, we recommend Be Awesome, Modern Life for Modern Ladies by Hadley Freeman.

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21. Take a risk, apply for your dream job, ask the guy you like on a date, speak out against someone being nasty and just live it up.

So here we go, here’s to the first focussed days of the month. May the rest of the days of the year be like this. 

Hope u enjoyed the post, please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts