Have You Ever Backpacked Somewhere Because Of A Movie?

I always wonder where people get the inspiration on where to backpack and travel to. Hopefully if you’re reading this, then you rely on travel blogs for inspiration. Some people listen to friends stories, but I think a lot of people get their inspiration from movies or TV shows. There are many movies which have inspired my travels and made me want to go to certain places. A recent destination on my travel to-do list is Gunkan Jima, which is an old mining island off the south coast of Japan. A lot of Japanese people question why I want to visit such a place, and I say because it featured in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. A travel blog I follow on Twitter alerted me to the fact that this island existed and that it was in Japan, so I jumped at the chance to look up trips as I’m a huge James Bond fan. Therefore I thought I’d list a few other places I’ve visited and want to visit which have been inspired from movies.

Halong Bay
Another James Bond inspiration. I didn’t go to Vietnam just to visit this place but as soon as I found out a James Bond setting was in this country I had the urge to go! Halong Bay is featured in James Bond, Tomorrow Never Dies. James Bond swirls around in a jet-ski and shows just how beautiful this Vietnamese paradise is. The film shows the bay with a sense of eeriness which only added to the appeal in my opinion. I may not have ventured round in a jet-ski when I was there but I could appreciate what the film offered this great beauty.

Of course from the Sound of Music. I’m a huge Sound of Music fan, which can be seen in my post about this Austrian city. When I went interrailing I noticed that Austria was on our destination list so I didn’t pass up the chance to visit Salzburg. If it wasn’t for the Sound of Music I don’t think I would have visited this town, and I’m so glad I did. Apart from sightseeing round the locations in the film, this city has a great deal more to offer than just the Sound of Music references. The city has a true Austrian charm and is one my favourite cities in Europe, and one of my most enjoyable destinations on my interrailing trip. I yodelled, sang Sound of Music songs and pretended to be Julie Andrews for a few days. A place that was definitely inspired by a film.

St Petersburg
A favourite VHS from my childhood is the movie Anastasia. Recently, I have been researching a second Eastern Europe trip, to follow mine and James first one. I wasn’t sure just how north of Eastern Europe I wanted to start, but thought Russia may be a good place to begin as I’ve always wanted to go to St Petersburg. My only images of St Petersburg are from the childhood film Anastasia, which tells the story of the missing story Romanov daughter and the priest Rasputin. The film made St Petersburg look mystical, beautiful and full of interesting history, and I’ve wanted to go ever since I saw this film as a youngster. If it wasn’t for this movie I really don’t think I would want to visit this great Russian city, but now I just want to a grab a fur hat, some vodka and learn all about the Romanovs. Although, I obviously added the vodka, it was a children’s film after all.

The film The Mummy is another one of my favourite films, an unrealistic guilty pleasure of a movie. There are many myths and stories surrounding the ancient Egyptians, which are brought to life in this film. The Mummy tells a story about a cursed priest who was mummified in the pyramids of Giza and who came back to life to destroy the world. Doubt any of that will happen on my trip but this film has only grown my curiosity for the pyramids and the secrets they have to offer.

Driving down the East Coast of America
I dream that one day I can grab a Cadillac, put on some 80’s tunes and drive down the East Coast of America, stopping off in hillbilly towns and eating in diners. This obsession of a trip has grown with the film Thelma and Louise. Even though this film centres around two women who are driving through America to escape the police after a murder they committed, their adventure still inspires me. Murder and police aside, this is the kind of trip I want. They have an open top car and drive through sandy, empty roads in America which I would love to do. All I need now is a friend willing to join my journey, a Cadillac and a mixed tape of 80’s tunes.

What movies have broken your purse and inspired your backpacking trips?