Thinking of planning your latest midyear sojourn but stumped for ideas? It’s often said that many “Eureka!” moments are chanced upon when you’re not obsessing over it; instead, letting it sit and work itself out. And since the rainy season has come upon us, why not sit back, snuggle up and enjoy a movie or show?
We’ve lined up a bunch of movies that can kickstart your creative juices and inspire your desire for new experiences. Watch on and feed your wanderlust!
Mountain Province: Avengers: Infinity War
How often does it happen that our very own country makes a special appearance in one of the most famous movies of all time? All Marvel fans (or just anyone who watched the first half of the culmination of the MCU) got their spirits crushed when Thanos snapped half of the universe into nothingness, but as he sat down to finally take a breather, we were momentarily stunned to see something very familiar. Thanos chose to reflect on his work overlooking the majestic Banaue Rice Terraces, often hailed the Eighth Wonder of the world.
Bataan: Heneral Luna
Jerrold Tarog, director, screenwriter, producer and composer, best known for directing this historical film, brings to life the story of General Antonio Luna during the Philippine-American War. Although this story was set in various locations across the country—Manila, Pampanga, Bulacan, to name a few—most of it was shot in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan, a collection of elegant replicas of Spanish-style houses that reflect what homes looked like in that era. What it is most known for is the yard of Casa Biñan, where Luna was shot to death by his own men. Next time you go north, consider taking a day tour and learn more about our country’s colorful history.
Mountain Province: That Thing Called Tadhana
“Where do broken hearts go?” There’s so many reasons why we choose to travel—getting over a breakup and finding yourself is just as good a reason as any. In what was dubbed the deep-feels (“hugot”) film of 2015, two strangers, Mace and Anthony, cross each other’s paths while trying to heal their hearts. They find themselves in Sagada, where, if you so choose to go, you can admire the sunrise at Kiltepan Peak, a famous filming location of this movie. They also visit the Gaia Café, where the view is to die for. If you’re up for more of an adventure, get drenched under the Bomod-ok Falls, pay a visit to the eerie hanging coffins at Lumiang Cave, or go spelunking at Sumaguing Cave.
Singapore: Crazy Rich Asians
Set your course for our neighbor in the southeast, the Lion City, made immensely popular by Crazy Rich Asians, based on the deliciously catty 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. As we watch Rachel navigate the tricky path to earn the respect of her would-be in-laws in an extravagant world, Singapore shows off the best it’s got to offer: the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Raffles Hotel, Chijmes, Gardens by the Bay, to name a few.
Hobbiton, New Zealand: The Lord of the Rings
Embark on one of the greatest adventures ever told with the most unlikely crew—a wizard, a ranger, an elf, an axe-wielding dwarf, and four hobbits. On Frodo’s quest to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom, Frodo leaves the comfort of his home in the Shire. The idyllic, little town of Hobbiton in New Zealand is now a popular destination, with its rolling hills and forests for days, especially for diehard fans. Have you ever seen so much green in your life?
Dubrovnik, Croatia: Game of Thrones
Witness the capital of Westeros, King’s Landing, in Ston, Croatia, as you watch Game of Thrones. The hit HBO series is actually filmed in various locations: Seville, Spain (Dornish territory), Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland (King’s Road), Ouarzazate, Morocco (Pentos, where we first see Daenerys Stormborn), and Doune Castle (Winterfell, the Stark stronghold). But most of the sights we see are various cities in Croatia. One such die-hard fan and Germany-based travel blogger, Andrea David, even visited every location where the show was filmed.
Liverpool, England: Peaky Blinders
If you’ve got a penchant for history and a fascination for old-timey gangsters, Peaky Blinders is just the ticket. Though set in Birmingham, England during the early 1900s, most of the show is actually shot in Liverpool. A three-hour drive from the city of London is Black Country Living Museum, where many scenes have been filmed. This open-air museum houses period shops and homes and even live demos of metal working and glass cutting, complete with costumed characters.
New York City, Manhattan: Friends
There are several locations in New York where the story of the six take place in—Bloomingdale’s, where Rachel worked; the Museum of Prehistoric History (patterned after the American Museum of Natural History), where Ross works; and Madison Square Garden, where Joey and the guys enjoyed many a Knicks game. But the main setting of this iconic comedy are Monica, Rachel, Joey and Chandler’s apartments, the building’s exterior of which can be found at the corner of Bedford St. and Grove St. in the West Village of Manhattan.
So curl up on your couch or bed, make some popcorn, and watch to your heart’s content. Which movie locations are you most excited to see? Sound off in the comments below!
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