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The Most Amazing Locations From The Golden Age Of Film & TV

The Most Amazing Locations From The Golden Age Of Film & TV

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.

Road Trip

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:

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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.

Country Escape

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:

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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.

City Break

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.

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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.

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Beach Break

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.

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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