Today, the locations are as much the stars as the actors and directors themselves. To celebrate the ‘golden age’ of film and TV we’re living in, travel experts Expedia have developed The World On Screen, an interactive guide to the most amazing, interesting locations seen in movies and TV. Working with city and culture bloggers, this is your go-to, street-level guide to what to see and do and eat and drink in destinations all over the world – from New York’s Ghostbusters to Mad Max: Fury Road’s Namibia.
Browse the map at your pleasure, or filter by genre or activity (road trip, beach break, city trip, country escape). So, if you’re currently planning a movie or TV-themed trip somewhere, why not get some inspiration with Expedia’s glorious guide? To wet your appetite, here’s a few of our choice favourites.
The Motorcycle Diaries: Things to do in South America
Charting Che Guevara’s journey from Buenos Aires to Peru in 1952, The Motorcycle Diaries is a celebration of south America’s amazing landscapes as much it is a look at the early life of the Marxist revolutionary (Guevara was 23 when he embarked on the trip along with friend Alberto Granado).
So saddle up and get the lowdown on the best things to see and do on a Motorcycle Diaries homage in South America:
It was in Buenos Aires where Guevara began his grand tour. Check out Plaza Miserere – this is where the film’s opening scenes were shot.
Valparaisois is a sea port in Chile, where Guevara and Granado passed through. The beautiful city has funicular railways which feature in The Motorcycle Diaries.
The city of Cuzco in Peru is a must – be sure to visit the Cathedral of Santo Domingo which is in the film, before heading to the world-renowned Machu Picchu.
Game of Thrones: Northern Ireland
The phenomenally popular TV show based on the bestselling novels by George R.R. Martin is about the political power struggles between rival households in the mythical kingdom of Westeros. Much of this lauded show was shot in Northern Ireland:
Castle Ward in County Down was used as Winterfell, the home of the Stark family. It’s thought that more than 2,500 people visit the castle every month.
The stretch of coast at Portstewart Strand in County Londonderry was used for filming as part of Game of Thrones series 5.
Downhill Beach, County Londonderry on the Causeway Coast is one of the most beautiful spots in Northern Ireland. In GoT, Downhill was transformed into Dragonstone in series 2.
GhostBusters: Things to do in New York
Does a film better visualise the Big Apple than Ghostbusters? OK, Woody Allen’s Manhattan might give it a run for its money, but this entertaining tale of four paranormal investigators chasing poltergeists, slime-balls and all manner of other creepy ghouls across NYC is the perfect advertisement for one of America’s best destinations.
Charge up your proton pack and explore Ghostbusters’ New York:
The Ghostbusters HQ is the Ladder 8 Firehouse on the corner of North Moore and Varick Street – it’s a working firehouse and definitely should be top of your to-do list
Remember the brilliant opening scene with the librarian? That’s in the New York Public Library.
Enjoy a picnic on the steps of the Columbia University campus – a number of scenes were filmed here.
Finding Nemo: Australia
OK so it’s an animation, but the beauty of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is laid bare in Pixar’s brilliant clownfish adventure Finding Nemo.
Dive into the sea and explore Finding Nemo’s Australia:
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on the planet – stretching for more than 2,000km from Brisbane to Thursday Island, it’s home to more than 600 types of coral and thousands of fish and other wildlife.
Cairns is the perfect place from which to explore the wonders of the sea – this beautiful coastal city sits in the middle of the Reef and offers plenty of watersports action, including snorkelling and scuba-diving.
Explore Expedia’s guide for more inspiration – and get your film or TV-themed holiday booked. If you have a favourite movie or small screen location, let us know.