Lights, camera, vacation! With set-jetting being one of the top travel trends in 2023, movie buffs can now indulge in their favorite films in real life. Set jetting is the act of traveling to film locations, and it’s no surprise that it’s becoming increasingly popular.
With the past couple of years having us all confined in our homes having no source of entertainment, but films and series, travel revenge has got everyone wanting to explore spots that they’ve seen in their favorite movies.
So are you ready to set-jet around the world? Here are some iconic destinations that are worth adding to your travel bucket list:
The Sound of Music, Salzburg
Salzburg, Austria, is the perfect destination for fans of the beloved musical “The Sound of Music.” Visitors can explore the Von Trapp family home, the Mirabell Palace, and the Nonnberg Abbey, all featured in the film. The Von Trapp family home is now a hotel where guests can stay, and the Mirabell Palace offers beautiful gardens to walk through.
Lara Croft, Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat
Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex was the setting for the action-adventure film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” Go on a cultural experience as you explore the temple ruins and see the same stunning scenery featured in the movie. Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most significant religious complexes in the world.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan, is a must-visit for fans of the “Indiana Jones” franchise. The ancient city, hidden in the mountains of Jordan, was featured in the climax of the movie. Here, you can explore the iconic Treasury building, the Monastery, and the Amphitheatre, all carved into the rock.
La La Land, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California, is a destination that’s always associated with Hollywood glamor, and “La La Land” captures this perfectly. Tourists can experience the magic of Hollywood by visiting the Griffith Observatory, where the famous dance scene was filmed. The city’s beaches and mountains offer picturesque views of Los Angeles that are sure to impress. Just make sure you’re ready to revisit that bittersweet feeling the movie made you feel with its ending.
Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Make the most of set-jetting being a travel trend in 2023. Walk the streets of King’s Landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia, just like a Lannister. The picturesque coastal city served as the filming location for the popular show “Game of Thrones.” Walk through the transformed Old Town and marvel at the city’s fortresses, walls, and narrow streets, which provide the perfect medieval backdrop for the show’s setting.
Mad Max: Fury Road, Namib Desert, Namibia
The vast Namib Desert in Namibia served as the filming location for the action-packed film “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Visitors can drive through the stunning landscape and experience the same sense of isolation and vastness seen in the movie. The desert’s unique sand dunes and rock formations make it a popular destination for adventure travelers.
Mama Mia, Skopelos, Greece
Step into the magical world of “Mamma Mia!” by visiting the charming island of Skopelos. Explore the Agios Ioannis Chapel, where the iconic wedding scene was filmed, and soak up the crystal-clear waters and lush greenery that make this island a perfect spot for a serene getaway.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Lake Como
Unveil the romantic allure of “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” by visiting Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como, Italy. Wander through the stunning villa’s beautiful garden and take in the picturesque views of the lake. With its unique architecture and rich history, this destination is a must-visit for history buffs, culture enthusiasts, and of course, Star Wars fans.
Harry Potter, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland, UK
For “Harry Potter” enthusiasts, the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland is a must-see destination. This iconic viaduct was a prominent location in the movie and was featured in several scenes, including the memorable Hogwarts Express crossing. As a matter of fact, the site has been quite a staple in the series of films that people have started to refer to the bridge as “Harry Potter bridge.” Anyone visiting can take a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train, which passes over the viaduct, providing stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
These locations are just a few of the many famous film destinations around the world. From classic movie settings to recent blockbusters, there are countless movie locations waiting to be discovered.
Do you have any film location recommendations? Share them with us in the comments and let the reel travels continue!