Books & Films, Travel

10 Films That Inspire Travel

It’s no secret that I’m big on films and watch more than the average number. As I grew up, so did my enthusiasm for travel grow and these films were part of what inspired me to want to visit new places and explore new cultures. You’ll notice that all of these flicks are from 2000 and onwards and that’s simply because, although I have watched quite a few older films in later years, these are the ones I fell in love with as a tween and teen. Here in no specific order are 10 films that inspire travel:

Ratatouille (2007, Walt Disney Pictures)
With gorgeous animation and French music all throughout this cute film about a rat who wants to be a chef is great fun for kids and parents alike. I put it on this list because 1,  Oh, J’taime Paris! And 2, I love it when children get play and learn to be adventurers through fiction, whether that be films or books or graphic novels.

Eat, Pray, Love (2010, Sony Pictures)
Set in Italy, India and Bali this journey explore all aspects of life. It’s spicy and a brilliant film for foodies looking for inspiration, while simultaneously showcasing some beautiful location and cultures. Admittedly a bit of a chick flick, but still inspirational!

Mamma Mia (2008, Universal Pictures)
Catchy ABBA music and a romantic Greek island –  what´s not to like? As a scandinavian I’m contractually obligated to love and know every ABBA song by heart, but this is just one of the many reasons I love Mamma Mia. I haven’t been to Greece yet, but the blue ocean, white and blue buildings and lovely cliffs would tempt anyone to go island jumping in the Greek isles!

Lord of The Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003, New Line Cinema)
Peter Jackson discovered and developed his love for long landscape shots and epic establishing shots in the LOTR trilogy. The three films were shot in New Zealand and as most of you know the local tourist economy is now thriving because of it. Previously undiscovered but these films made us want to see the breathtaking nature and magical sets for ourselves. The films are also about taking an epic journey and has a real traveller spirit feeling to them.

Blended (2014, Warner Bros. Pictures)
However unrealistic it may be that you get to go on a luxury holiday to Africa, and however (slightly) racist some of the stereotypes in this film are, it does have some lovely heartwarming moments and shows off some wonderful African nature and wildlife. Especially the scene where Drew Barrymores character hang glides behind a truck lets the audience see some amazing clips of the different, but stunning nature. It helps that this film is also genuinely funny!

Amélie (2001, UCG Fox)
This quirky French film is worth a watch if you don´t mind the subtitles. Set in Paris Amélie (played by Adrey Tautou) finds love by smiling to the world and wandering around this colorful city (it really is colourful – stunning visuals!) . The music is a little bit more like folk-music than in Ratatouille, but still the epitome of French.

Ps: I Love You (2007, Warner Bros. Pictures/Momentum Pictures)
The romantic film that makes every woman cry and every man roll his eyes. And also the film that showcases some beautiful  Irish music, nature and pub culture. I’ve visited Ireland before and though the film showcases a slightly understated version of Irish nature because of it’s everyday life focus, it is still impossibly green.

Up (2009, Walt Disney Pictures)
Ellie is a dreamer who wants to travel the world and her husband Carl flies away in a house strapped to balloons. Do I need to say more? Another film that makes kids want to travel, to go beyond their own comfort zones and encourages them to not stop dreaming even if their dreams seem far away. Heart warming ❤

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012, Fox Searchlight Pictures)
If you love the great classical actors who always represent the epitome of British culture, fun Bollywood music and sometimes awkward dramady jokes then this cute film is worth a watch! A group of British retirees head to India for their retirements, only to discover that they didn’t know everything about life and love after all. Lovely mix-mash of Indian culture and British humour.

Up in the Air (2009, Paramount Pictures)
This film is probably the one I´ve watched most recently, found on Netflix one lazy Sunday morning. It takes a while to get into it and sometimes it is downright odd, but there are humorous parts that makes up for the slow start. This film is on the list because I adore flying and like Clooney’s character I have a thing for collection frequent flyer miles just to collect them, though I mostly collect SAS points (Northern Norway hometown perks). Let yourself be inspired by the jet setter life 🙂

Let me know if you have any films that have inspired you to travel in the comments below! Xxx

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Africa, Travel, Tunisia

Tunisia: Beach Holidays Where The Beduins Were

In the beginning of June this year I went on my very first beach holiday. My family was always more of the  “Camping in Sweden” type (more on this Norwegian stereotype in a later post) so we would get tan on a Swedish beach instead of going further abroad to do the same, both out of cost and out of convenience. Here is a random photo of said Swedish beach.

Vamos a la #playa in #Sweden.

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Going to Tunisia was both a weird and an enlightening experience.  9 days after I returned to England the tragic attacks on the tourist beach in Sousse happened and the country re-instated the state of emergency that was lifted just last year, after turmoil following the Arab Spring. Due to the terrorist attack in March my boyfriend and I questioned our decision to go, but we decided it was safe, or at least as safe as anywhere is these days. Hammamet  was one of the first big tourism cities in Tunisia and despite the tourism industry still rebuilding itself after the Arab Spring the country is doing well, still developing its economies. The state of emergency is only set to last until the beginning of August however, and before I say anything more I’d like to urge you to go to Tunisia and not let these horrible attacks scare you away from what is an all-round lovely, albeit small, country.

When the state of ermergency lifts in August Thomas Cook and other charter companies will once again fly to Tunsia. ISIS aimed the attacks at tourists to create fear and to ruin the already fragileTunisian economy and if everyone stops going there the terrorists win. This past year there have been terrorist attacks in a range of other countries such as France, Ukraine, Sydney and Ireland, but that doesn’t stop people from visiting these places and it shouldn’t stop you from visiting Tunisia. When the government says it’s safe, please consider this country as a possible destination for your holiday.

With that said, let’s talk a bit about our holiday. We booked our holiday through Thomas Cook in February and due to booking early and the general low prices of travel to Tunisia, (compared to Greece for example) we got 1 week all-inclusive for only 335 pounds each. We stayed in a hotel called the Sentido Phenecia in the coastal town of Hammamet and were allocated a recently refurbished hotel room with its own spacious bathroom and a little balcony.

As it was a beach holiday we obviously spent a substantial part of our holiday doing absolutely nothing in the sun and eating deserts for every meal. The weather was great  with between 25°C and 30°C all week and although some days were a little bit windy, we enjoyed every minute of it.  I find the all-inclusive resort holiday a strange concept however, and for the first few days I couldn’t fathom that for the first time in a long time I was literally doing nothing. No cooking, no cleaning, no reading of articles, no work, no chores, no sightseeing. no what so ever. I didn’t even have to worry about what to wear because there is only so much you can do with a bikini, a pair of shorts and/or a kimono. All I had to do was eat, drink, sleep and relax in the sun. I have to admit it drove me a little crazy the first few days. I became stressed because I wasn’t stressed enough and it took me a while to relax. When I finally settled into the tempo of the place I enjoyed myself more than I thought I would. Being absolutely pampered is not something that happens every day for a student and despite feeling a bit out of place it was a great experience. Nothing can be more than relaxing that lying next to the pool or on a beach listening to the slow rumble of the waves while the sun slowly cooks your side bacon. We got to spend an evening in a Tunisian restaurant and try some of the local food too, which was different, but delicious.

I enjoyed lying on a beach, eating and fussing over my sunburns, but the highlight of the trip for me was an excursion we went on called “The Land of The Beduins“. Exploring the resort was all well and good, but getting out and seeing some of the country and the people living there was what made the trip for me.  We payed 40 pounds each for the half-day trip and even though I managed to almost blind myself with sunscreen that very morning, it was well worth the money.  On the excursion  we got to see ruins of an old Berber village, visit a living Berber town and have tea with some Beduin nomads who during the school year were stationary. It was a very touristy package obviously, but our guide was very informative and the 4×4 trucks we were driving in the desert with enhanced the experience. Thomas Cook has a range of different exursions and if we had stayed for more than a week I probably would have spent the 100 or so pounds on the 2 day Sahara Explorer package, which sounded absolutely incredible. .

I wanted to go back to Tunisia and see more of its culture from the minute we left. I wanted to see more of Hammamet and the desert. It’s my first trip to the African continent, though I have several other African countries on my list of where I want to go.Tunisia is a great way to leave the comforts of Europe, but still be so close that they serve amazing Italian gelato and have German TV-channels. The nature and climate were also so vastly different from anything I’ve ever experienced in Europe –  I have to go back and see more!  This trip solidified the fact that I enjoy some sun and sand as much as anyone, but that I definitely prefer a more active and explorative travel experience I think. I want the best of both worlds and I can’t wait for my next trip. The smell of spicy food and drink, the heat of the desert wind, the view from the beach onto the Mediterranean Sea, all of it. What a holiday!

I´ve now started recounting previous travel experiences, but because of a hard drive left in England I can’t start from last year and work my way up to today. I will however work my way back in time which means that next up (after the Local-ish Summer Adventure that’s coming up soon) is my trip to Paris! 🙂

Watch this space! Xxx