Films are a perfect way to escape into a world of make believe and to visit any exotic destination without actually being present there physically. Some films in particular present a place/country in such an appealing manner that it almost inspires you to pack your bags and go immediately to that place. The list below features some vacation ideas that movies have inspired within us.
10. India: Eat Pray Love
India has always been known as the land of the sages, the birth place of Yoga and Ayurveda. It has made significant industrial and cultural development but for the foreign tourists it still remains a bit of a mystery as a place shrouded in religiosity and traditional values. This is clearly reflected in the Hollywood movies which are based or shot in India. At the top of my head Julia Robert’s ‘Eat Pray Love’ comes to mind where she travels to three different countries to discover herself and lets herself loose in the process of understanding and enjoying life. Her chapter in India is shown as an opportunity to get in touch with her religious side and thus becoming a better person. There are many other films which explores India as a spiritual destination like Wes Anderson Indie drama ‘The Darjeeling Limited’ (2007), John Madden’s ‘The Best exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) and Jane Campion’s ‘Holy Smoke!’ to name a few. Even the horror film released in 2016 – ‘The Other Side of the Door’ – shot in Mumbai had a spiritual angle to the story. So you know where to go next if you are planning a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
9. New York: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Apart from being the melting pot of the world New York is also a city of dreams, aspiration and the preferred choice of the filthy rich, high and mighty. Countless movies have showcased the glamourous lifestyle and bourgeoisie attitude of the nouveau rich New Yorkers. Take for instance the ‘Sex and the City’ movie series which deals with a bunch of over privileged and luxury addicted women. Movies such as these have only one purpose i.e. to give you a glimpse of a life which most of us can’t even dream of. New York is also a city of opportunities and people will do anything to reach the top of the ladder. Be it an honest assistant who hopes to climb the ladder of the fashion industry (The Devil Wears Prada) or a high society escort dreaming of owning a place like Tiffany’s (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). So if you have the bucks to spare then plan a trip to New York and book a room at the Four Seasons Hotel to give yourself a taste of luxury. If you are a budget traveler then there are many things to enjoy within limited expense too.