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16 Romantic Movie Locations You’ve Been Dreaming of Visiting

16 Romantic Movie Locations You’ve Been Dreaming of Visiting

Movies can make you feel things you don’t normally feel in real life. The perfectly scripted romance can make you daydream about the day something romantic like that happens to you. Even though something like what happened in The Notebook will probably never happen, you can still visit the places those moments occurred and share in the great feelings. Here are 16 romantic movie locations that you should visit:

1. Wicklow National Park from P.S. I Love You

Why not start out our list with a romantic outdoor location? Wicklow National Park played host to the scene from P.S. I Love You where Gerry and Holly first met. It’s a touching and beautiful movie, and this particular scene took place in an equally beautiful place in the world. It’s in Ireland, so you might have to prepare for a long flight to get there!

2. Heathrow Airport from Love Actually

Love Actually is considered one of the most romantic movies of all time and one of its deepest emotional moments takes place at the venerable Heathrow Airport. The scene features people getting off the airplane and being met by those they (presumably) haven’t seen in a long time. The great part about this locale is that you can just buy a ticket to land in the London airport. As an added bonus, London is itself the site of many romantic movies.

3. Las Palmas Hotel from Pretty Woman

It isn’t the most glamorous place ever but the Las Palmas hotel is the site of a touching scene between Edward and Vivian, where he proclaims his love for her as she stands on the fire escape. It’s a scene that touched a million hearts and a great place to check out if you’re ever in Los Angeles.

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4. The Empire State Building from Sleepless in Seattle

New York’s Empire State Building has been the setting for a number of love scenes, but arguably the most memorable is Sleepless in Seattle, when Annie and Sam finally find each other. In real life you’ll have to deal with crowds, but it’s still an amazing view and a great place to share with your loved one. If you’re going for something romantically ridiculous you can go up on Valentine’s Day. It is the only day of the year when couples can get married while overlooking the famous New York skyline.

5. Turtle Bay Resort from Forgetting Sarah Marshall

It’s hard to pick a specific stand-out scene, because most of the movie was shot here. Turtle Bay is a tropical resort that embraces the natural beauty of Hawaii with aptly themed housing, sandy beaches, and all of the other amenities. In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Peter heads here to get over his ex-girlfriend, only to find out that she’s staying at the same resort. He falls in love with a local and things just kind of go from there. It’s a tad expensive, but that’s Hawaii for you.

6. Forks, Washington from Twilight

While it can be argued all day and night on whether or not the Twilight series is any good, there is no doubt that the movie’s setting, the town of Forks in Washington state, is breathtaking. There isn’t a specific place in town that is overly romantic, but the scenery as a whole will keep a couple busy all weekend. Just book a bed and breakfast, pack your best hiking clothes, and immerse yourself in the woods where Edward and Bella first fell in love.

7. Paris from Midnight in Paris

There have been hundreds of romantic movies filmed or set in Paris, but we decided to go with Midnight in Paris. French has been dubbed the most romantic language on the planet. The Eiffel Tower and other iconic and historic fixtures adorn a lavish and unforgettable skyline. You can go anywhere, do almost anything, and it’ll be at least partially romantic. If you want to enjoy Paris the right way, take a page from Midnight in Paris and go on a carriage ride with your partner.

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8. Rome from Roman Holiday

Rome is another iconic city with a rich and expansive history. As it turns out, a number of romantic movies were filmed there, including Audrey Hepburn’s classic Roman Holiday from 1953. In the movie, Hepburn’s character is a princess touring European capitals. One night she sneaks out and spends time with an American news reporter after he finds her asleep on a park bench. The two take a ride on a Vespa while they tour the sites and architecture. You could try that! But be prepared for a long ride because Rome has a lot to see.

9. Casablanca, Morocco from Casablanca

There really isn’t much of a description needed here. Casablanca is one of the largest cities in Morocco, and the romance the city is capable of producing will be forever immortalized in one of the best movies of all time. We’d recommend the airport that held the immortal line in the video above, which was filmed in Van Nuys, but sadly it was totally demolished long ago. Trust us, Morocco is more enjoyable because there is a lot to do and see.

10. Florence, Italy from A Room With a View

Florence is another one of those destinations where a lot of movies have been filmed, and for good reason. The city itself contains classic architecture and is surrounded by storybook landscapes. One lucky poppy field was the setting for an iconic kiss in Room With a View, so if you’re looking for a spot to smooch with your lover, that’s a great place to go. Whether you’re picnicking in the surrounding landscape or enjoying the city proper, there’s plenty for lovers to do in Florence.

11. Wyoming from Brokeback Mountain

Wyoming is known as one of the most bare states in the U.S. in terms of population. The entire state houses just under 600,000 people and the only really densely populated area of the state is the capital, Cheyenne. That means you have pretty much the whole state to wander and enjoy the untouched nature as depicted in Brokeback Mountain. You won’t get 5-star restaurants or looming hotels, but you will get an astonishingly clear view of the stars and mountains. This is a great romantic retreat for any adventurers out there.

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12. Austria from The Sound of Music

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Things have calmed down now, but Austria had quite the tumultuous past. One such instance is the movie The Sound of Music, which used Austria’s landscape and picturesque Alps mountains to tell the story of a governess who falls in love with a captain. The musical is intensely popular and stands as one of the most memorable musicals of our time. If you ever make your way to Austria, you can savor the moments in the shadow of the glorious and ever unchanging Alps as they watch over you and your lover.

13. Tokyo from Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation is the epitome of the American experience abroad. Or what everyone wishes the epitome of the American experience abroad really was. In this classic, a man and a woman meet in a foreign country and create a bond that leads to a spontaneous connection. With the brightly lit, always busy streets of Tokyo as their backdrop, the romance blossoms in a way only Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson can depict. The bustling, never-sleeping city is filled with great skyline views and exotic cuisine that is fun to experience with the one you love the most.

14. The American South from The Notebook (and more)

You can take your pick with location and movie for this one. The Notebook took place in South Carolina, Forrest Gump took place in Alabama, and Gone With the Wind took place in Georgia. There is a lot of American history there and many places can be very rustic, which just shouts for romance. There really is nothing quite like sitting on an old wood deck looking out over nature with lightning bugs lighting everything up. Plus the other cultural stuff like the music, the dancing, and the general love of good times is incredibly infectious.

15. Rio de Janeiro from Twilight

Yes, we’re going to talk about Twilight again. Even though I was never able to relate to that movie on any meaningful level, the locations the movies were shot in continue to be some of the best possible. Part of the movie was filmed in the beautiful Rio de Janeiro, which is in Brazil. It’s a city full of history as well as beaches, exotic music, and rich landscapes. It’s underrated as a place where romance can blossom.

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16. Sydney, Australia from Moulin Rouge

Despite the fact that the movie is supposed to take place in Paris, pretty much the entire thing was shot in Sydney, Australia. Yes, the movie is a little eccentric but it’s still a classic. Aside from the stuff you see in the movie, Australia is home to some of the world’s most exotic wildlife. The landscape has been in its fair share of movies and Sydney itself is a huge city filled with all kinds of distractions for the adventurer inside!

Featured photo credit: paris under moonlight silhouette france georgeta blanaru/Fine Art America via images.fineartamerica.com

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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