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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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