Jet setting tourism: visit the locations of your favourite films and series

If your favourite series or film did well at the Golden Globes, celebrate with a trip to where it all happened. Make 2020 your year for jet setting tourism

The Golden Globes were first held way back in 1944. At this glittering awards ceremony, TV and cinema from all over the world are recognised by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The 77th Golden Globe awards, celebrating the best in film in 2019, were this year held on the 5th of January.

If you’ve been craving a spot of jet setting tourism and are looking for some inspiration, then the filming locations for some of your favourite series and films from last year might be a fantastic place to start. Let’s have a look at some of this year’s winners that were filmed in incredible cinematic destinations.

Jet setting tourism: The Joker in New York

When it comes to famous film locations, you can’t get more well-known that New York. When you’re walking the streets of New York you feel like you’ve stepped onto a film set, and when you emerge onto Times Square, you have to pinch yourself.

This year’s New-York-based Golden Globes success was The Joker, with Joaquin Phoenix taking the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama crown. The Joker filming locations were spread around New York and New Jersey, meaning it’s easy to walk in the Joker’s footsteps.

Movie locations: The Two Popes

The Two Popes was nominated for four Golden Globes, with Anthony Hopkins going up for Best Supporting Actor, and Jonathan Pryce for Best Actor. It also got a nomination for Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture – Drama, and if you’ve seen it, then it’s no wonder why.

As you might expect, the story of Pope Benedict and Pope Francis was filmed in Buenos Aires and Rome. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city to visit, and Argentina is definitely a fantastic jet setting tourism destination, but this film might make you want to see Rome for yourself.

Naturally, they couldn’t actually film inside the Vatican, so a few locations in Rome were used as stand-ins. St Peter’s Square was recreated using CGI but is every bit as beautiful as it will be if you see it in real life.

The Sistine Chapel is always bursting with tourists, but it’s still unmissable. For the film, they recreated it in a studio in Rome, using special techniques to make sure the colour and vibrancy looked exactly the same.

Movie filming locations: Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory, or Dolor y Gloria, was nominated for the Best Motion Picture in a Foreign Language, but Antonio Banderas also picked up a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.It’s mostly set in the beautiful Spanish capital city of Madrid, which is the perfect spot for a city break at any time of year. Watch the film for yourself, then brush up on those Spanish skills and head south for a weekend of exploring and tapas.

Game of Thrones filming locations

Okay, so, in the wake of the final season, Game of Thrones hasn’t been doing all that well on the awards circuit. In fact, only Kit Harrington was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Actor in a TV Drama category. But this wouldn’t be a post about jet setting tourism if we didn’t mention Game of Thrones, which was filmed in some breath-taking locations all over Europe.

Countries like Northern Ireland, Iceland, Spain and Croatia all played starring roles over the seven seasons, and you can easily visit countless Game of Thrones set locations in real life. Why not take a GOT tour of Spain, taking in everywhere from the Moorish palaces of Seville, to the deserts of Almería, to the castles of Catalonia?

Famous movie sets

Last but not least is something a little different. Frozen II is of course an animation, so it wasn’t actually filmed anywhere, but it’s closely based on the stunning scenery of Norway, so it’s still a fantastic excuse for a bit of jet setting tourism.

The fictional town of Arendelle is supposedly based on Bergen, famously the Gateway to the Fjords. After you’ve explored this bustling town, easy to discover on foot, you can set off to explore Norway’s magical fjords, and find out about the fascinating folk culture, much of which inspired the story of Frozen.

And, if you visit in winter, then you might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, which are a show you’ll never forget. As Anna puts it in Frozen I, if the sky’s awake, then you’ll want to be awake to see it.