Some destinations have always been popular among travelers and film sets, like Paris and New York. But others have been put on the map specifically because of popular movies and TV shows. Die-hard fans will travel to these spots to feel like they're on set or to see the views they loved so much on-screen in person. Will you add one of these spots to your bucket list?
New Zealand - Lord of the Rings.
The landscapes of the Shire and Mordor were seriously stunning. New Zealand is heaven for nature lovers with its rolling hills and impressive mountains. Fans of Lord of the Rings began flocking to these South Pacific islands in the mid-2000s, boosting New Zealand's tourism industry by a whopping 40%.
Thankfully Lord of the Rings is a fantasy classic that is still bringing in tourists almost two decades after the first film's release. Fans can still visit the set of The Shire and tour the famous Hobbit house!
Croatia - Game of Thrones.
Previously overlooked by other Mediterranean countries like Italy and Spain, Croatia's beauty was shown off in the popular fantasy series Game of Thrones.
Croatia's capital Dubrovnik was the location of King's Landing in the show, and many fans wanted to see the fictional royal city with their own eyes. Tourism rose in Croatia by 16% after the release of Game of Thrones, and deservingly so. Croatia has lots to offer with its azure waters, stunning landscapes, and well-preserved medieval architecture.
Northern Ireland, also popularized by Game of Thrones.
While Croatia served as the subtropical south in Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland was home to snowy Winterfell in the north.
Fans can tour Winterfell and take walks through the Westeros forests, taking in those magical looking tree-lined roads.
Scotland - Harry Potter, Monty Python, and Outlander.
What child (or inner child) wouldn't want a chance to ride on the Hogwarts Express? London has always been a popular tourist destination within the UK, but fantasy lovers have been traveling further north to get a glimpse of their favorite series in real life.
The Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland is where the most scenic part of the ride to Hogwarts was filmed. There's also the Doune Castle near Sterling, where Outlander and Monty Python and the Holy Grail were filmed. Fans can take guided tours of the castle.
Austria - The Sound of Music.
The hills are alive with the sound of music—the hills of Salzburg, Austria, to be specific. The city is surrounded by all sorts of beautiful landscapes, from flowery meadows to the breathtaking Alps and the pristine lake at their base. It's no wonder fans of this classical musical want to take a stroll through these hills as well!
Thailand - The Beach.
Leonardo DiCaprio fans are able to visit the beach at Ko Phi Phi Leh in Thailand. This location is a tropical paradise, with its pristine white sands, warm turquoise waters, and a backdrop of dramatic cliffs. It's a dream destination for fans of The Beach or fans of just going to the beach.
Tunisia - Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Certain places on earth simply feel out of this world. Tunisia is one of them. It's one of the countries that the Sahara desert spreads through, making it the perfect setting for an alien planet in Star Wars or an archaeological dig in Indiana Jones.
Star Wars fans can visit Luke Skywalker's 'home planet' of Tatouine, which is actually the city of Matmata. In fact, they can even sleep in Luke Skywalker's house, as it's been converted into a hotel!
Japan - Lost In Translation and Inception.
Japan may not have been an under the radar location for travel lovers and foodies, but its popularity was boosted after the release of two particular films. The romantic Lost In Translation was set in Tokyo, and the mind-bending sci-fi thriller Inception started off in Kyoto.
Both cities have plenty to offer for tourists, like ancient temples, avant-garde fashion, and tasty eats. Would a movie or TV show influence your travel itinerary?