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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Jordan
Who could forget Indy and his pursuit of the Holy Grail? His epic adventure took him to Jordan where he was in a race against time to find the Grail before the Nazis could. The Grail may turn out to be the least glamorous of all of the options, but the same can't be said about it's location, the wondrous Petra. This truly remarkable sand carving is a unique sight to behold and the experience of a lifetime.
Don your best adventurer's hat and discover Petra and Jordan this year.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Cambodia
Speaking of archaeology meeting adventure, one of the few jumps from games to cinema saw Angelina Jolie hit our screens as the empowering Lara Croft. Although it won't go down in history as a classic, this film was at least a rare occasion where off-screen father and child, played the same roles on-screen, with Jon Voight playing Lara's father. More importantly though, the film took us to Cambodia and gave Angkor Thom some well-deserved limelight (as the show is often stolen by Angkor Wat), the film really showcases the incredible towers and carved faces that make this such a spectacular setting to witness.
Leave the daredevil stunts at home and take a more leisurely approach to Cambodia.
Angels and Demons - Italy
There's something about mystery-adventure films that brings out the best in filming locations and the sequel to The Da Vinci Code is certainly no exception to the rule. As Tom Hanks uncovers the secrets of the Illuminati, he is taken to Vatican City in the hope of finding the answers he so desperately seeks and where better to spend your time solving a mystery than in the heart of Italy? It is mystifying to think that a place of such architectural beauty and religious significance could hide such dark secrets behind it's walls.
The Beach - Thailand
A film helped largely by Leonardo Di Caprio's previous role in Titanic, The Beach provided it's audience with remarkable cinematography, if not a solid adaptation of the book it was based on. It would have been difficult not to shoot this film in an attractive manner given the setting of choice was the heavenly Thai island Ko Phi Phi. The film took full advantage of it's surroundings, showing off the evident natural beauty (no, not Leonardo) that is present all around. Again, not a classic, but worth a worth if you want convincing to visit Thailand.
Find this glamorous island for yourself with a visit to Thailand.
Various - New York City
The unmistakeable city of New York has proved to be an iconic setting and a source of inspiration for a whole host of movies, spanning a wide range of styles and genres. Films such as King Kong and Breakfast at Tiffany's depended on the city's status to add meaning to them (cue flashbacks of King Kong on the Empire State), whereas films such as Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight series drew from the city to create a fictional setting: Gotham, even though the real thing also needed saving from Spiderman. The Big Apple also played a significant role in Annie Hall and Taxi Driver, adding to the respective stories without necessarily being crucial to the actual storylines. It's difficult to look around this famous place without being reminded of the cinematic history it is steeped in.
See the many cinematic sides of New York City with an unforgettable holiday.