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Dreaming of your next adventure? Wish you were there right now! Well with a little help from movie magic, you can transport yourself to your next travel destination without even leaving the couch. See epic breath-taking scenery and must-see attractions to get you in the mood for your next adventure.
So without further ado, see our top movies for each destination that will give you a serious case of wanderlust:
Many films have been made in Morocco as the Sahara Desert is just that epic and truly breath taking. Babel (2006) was shot in Berber village situated in the Atlas Mountains and Sex and the City 2 (2010) was filmed in the vibrant souks of Marrakesh as well as in the desert dunes.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) final battles takes place in around the pyramids of Giza. Egypt is the setting to the story to this classic animated film, The Prince of Egypt (1998)!
The Bourne Supremacy (2003) was filmed in Moscow with the famous car chase causing havoc through the city.
See the rose-coloured archaeological city of Petra in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). The Martian (2015) was almost entirely filmed in Wadi Rum due to its surface resembling Mars.
Taken 2 (2012) is based in Istanbul and includes shots of Galata Tower, and Grand Baazar among many other famous site. Fun Fact: This film features the Ottoman Legacy Hotel which some of our Turkey tours stay in. Three Bond films were filmed in Turkey with the latest Skyfall (2012) featuring Eminonu Square and shots of Istanbul cityscape.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2007), and despite not being a movie, we still had to mention Game of Thrones which both feature shots of Dubrovnik.
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2005) and Mamma Mia! The Movie (2008), all feature the iconic backdrop of white washed buildings, and crystal clear waters which the Greek Islands are synonymous for.
Pay attention to the film, Knight and Day (2010) and you may be able to pick the scenery from Seville and Cadiz.
Thor: The Dark World (2013) features scenes shot around both Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik and the stunning Skogafoss Waterfall.
Where east meets west, Istanbul spans over two continents and blends together a fusion of rich history, traditions and cultures. Famed for its mosques and magnificent architecture, lively bazaars, vibrant nightlife, melting pot of history and culture and breath-taking views, Istanbul is a city you can’t afford to miss!
With so much to do and see in Istanbul, it can difficult to know where to start! To help you out, we’ve put together our top 5 favourite things to do and see when visiting Istanbul.
1. Explore Sultanahmet
The historical heart to the city, Sultanahmet is home to Istanbul’s top attractions. No trip would be complete without visiting them. If you’ve got limited time, see our suggested must-sees:
The Blue Mosque is possibly one of the grandest buildings to visit, and is made up of 6 minarets and covered with over 20 000 handmade blue tiles.
Set on top of a hill, steeped in history and opulence, the Topkapi Palace gives you a glimpse into Sultans of the Ottoman Empire lives.
Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) was formerly a Church, which was then converted into a Mosque for over 480 years, and since the 1930’s is now a museum. Top tip, remember to go upstairs to get the best insta-worthy pictures from its balconies.
2. Cruise along the Bosphorus
What better way to see Istanbul skyline from the Bosphorus river! See the Asia and Europe side of the city, whilst getting a glimpse of all the main sites.
3. Haggle you way through the Grand Bazaar
Get lost in the hustle and bustle of the Grand Baazar! With a labyrinth of over 4000 stalls selling anything from beautiful hand-made rugs to brightly coloured lamps or even yummy Turkish delight. A total sensory overload!
4. Experience a traditional Hammam
Don’t miss out on a traditional Turkish Bath (or Hamman). Turkish baths usually follow a three step process which includes a sauna and steam, and then a full body scrub, often finishing with a massage. You’ll have silky soft skin by the end of it!
5. Visit The Princes’ Islands
Only a few kilometres from the shore, Princes’ Islands is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city (and all the traffic)! The most famous of the Princes’ Islands Büyükada should be your first spot to tick off. Make sure to take a ferry, as there are no cars allowed on the island and enjoy a day of sightseeing and chilling out.
So, you’re interested in travelling to Istanbul? Of course you are! Travel Talk offers 8-12 day tours to Turkey, that all start and end in Istanbul so you have plenty of time to explore this epic city! Check them out here.
The weather is warmer, the days are getting longer which means summer is fast approaching. FINALLY! But now you’ve got a problem, where should you go? There are endless cities you want to visit this summer and tick off that never ending bucket list! You want to make it the best summer ever and don’t worry, we’ve got you! See our 6 favourite cities to escape to this summer:
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, this one is definitely for you! Dubrovnik has been a main filming location for the show over the past 8 seasons. Over the GOT hype? No problems, check out insta-worthy views as you climb the city walls, take a dip in the deep blue Adriatic or sink a beer as the sun goes down.
Greece has over 200 days of summer a year, so Athens is the perfect spot to explore! Soak up Athens’s ancient history and culture, and visit iconic sites such as Parthenon, Acropolis and Temple of Zeus to name a few. Relaxing on a beach more your thing? The Greek islands are waiting, with ferries departing Athens regularly.
3. Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
A hidden gem, Bosnia and Herzegovina is often left off travel lists, but not for long! Mostar filled with rich history, and natural beauty makes it the perfect summer stop. Don’t forget to visit the number one attraction, the Stari Most bridge which stretches over the Neretva river. Cause have did you even go to Mostar without seeing it!
Lying on the Mediterranean coast, Fethiye should be on your radar. Crystal clear waters, vibrant marketplaces, fresh seafood, traditional restaurants and lively bars and clubs, all make Fethiye an epic summer destination.
If you’ve never visited Lisbon, you’re in for a treat! Ride on a vintage trams, explore the colourful tiled houses and walk the cobble stone streets and enjoy all that Lisbon has to offer! Don’t forget to try a Pastel de Nata or ten!
6. Essaouira, Morocco
The laidback city of Essaouira lies on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. A seaside fishing city, make sure to visit the bustling medina, enjoy freshly cooked seafood or for adrenaline junkies why not give kitesurfing and other water sports a try!
As you start prepping for your next travel adventure, being more eco-friendly when travelling is probably one of the last things you’re thinking about. As the tourism industry and our love of travel increases, so does the impact travel has on the environment. But the great news is, it’s very easy to reduce your carbon footprint and create a greener world, even whilst exploring its beauty.
See our top 6 ways to be eco-friendly and do your bit to keep the Earth cleaner and greener on your travels.
1. Pack a reusable water bottle
Using a reusable water bottle has to be one of the simplest things to do whilst travelling. So much plastic ends up in landfill, forests and oceans rather than being recycled. So if the tap water is safe to drink, why not ditch the plastic and use a reusable water bottle instead.
2. Use public transport or even better walk
Jump on public transport as it uses far less fuel per passenger rather than a car or taxi. Even better, why not walk or take a bike? It’s one of the best ways to explore and experience a new city, and it definitely the most greenest option.
3. Eat local
Purchase local food and drinks, and you’ll be supporting local businesses as well as cutting down on the transportation needed for the products to get to you. Also one of the best parts about travelling is trying new foods so really it’s a win-win!
4. Leave only footprints
As clichés as it sounds, you should leave no trace of you visiting any location, and leave only footprints. Even better why not make it look better than you found it by picking up rubbish or plastic so it doesn’t end up in our oceans!
5. Say no to plastic
Do you really need that straw to consume your drink? Or do you really need a plastic bag when you could just carry the item in your backpack or hands? Try to minimise the amount of plastic you need to use, the environment will thank you for it.
6. Treat your hotel like your home
Just cause you’re not paying the bills doesn’t mean you should go crazy with your water and electricity usage. Try to turn off the lights and plug devices you’re not using, take shorter showers or don’t request new towel and sheets every day. Every little bit helps.
Taking small steps to become greener is super easy, and the earth will thank you for it! At Travel Talk, are continually educating ourselves on how we can reduce our impact on the environment. By using coach travel, public transport and supporting local businesses on our tours, we are keeping our environment cleaner and greener. See more info on our tours here.
Let’s be real, Europe is a must on everyone’s bucket list! With so many different countries to discover, you can expect interesting history, unique culture, famous architecture, delicious food, beautiful scenery and epic adventures! If it’s your first time backpacking around Europe or you’re a seasoned professional, check out our top tips to make Europe is the best trip ever!
To survive the hot climates, Europeans often take longer midday breaks which means shops, ticket offices and attractions can often be closed from noon until 3pm. When planning your itinerary take this account, and do like the locals do take nap you’ll need it from all that sightseeing!
Everything is so close
One day you can be sipping pints in an old English pub and an hour or so later you could be cliff jumping in Croatia. Seriously, it’s that easy and close to visit another country in Europe!
Clock up those km’s
The best way to see and get around any European city is to walk! You may just discover some hidden gems that you wouldn’t have seen stuck underground on the metro. Even better walking 10-20kms a day means, you can have a churro dipped in chocolate or 10 in Spain. Carbs don’t count on holidays anyway, right?!
Learn the local language
Learn a few phrases and it will get you extra points with the locals! Ein bier bitte comes in handy in Germany and especially at Oktoberfest!
Europeans party hard
Love a good bar or club? There is plenty of nightlife to go to, think cave bars in Croatia or ruin bars in Budapest, as soon as the sunsets, but just know that the nightlife won’t start till late, like 2am late! The Europeans sure know how to party!
Decided to book a trip to Europe? We offer tours to Greece, Croatia, the Balkans, Russia, Spain & Portugal and many other European destinations. Check them out here.
As they say, ‘friends that travel together, stay together.’ And rightly so! You’ll make the most incredible memories together, and you will have somebody there with you for the entire ride! Although travelling with a friend can test your relationship to the max, there is no doubt that it will bring you even closer than before!
See our top reasons why you should travel with your best mate!
You know each other to a T
Like bread & butter, salt & pepper or even Spongebob & Patrick, your bestie knows everything about you and you complement each other perfectly! They’ll eat the tomato you don’t like from your sandwich, or shoo off any insects that might be crawling around. What are friends for, after all!
Are we there yet?
Riding on a bus for 14+ hours can be boring and extremely long! So having your bestie there to keep you company and laughing throughout the journey will make the time fly by. Plus you’ll already have a kick-ass road trip playlist ready to go!
Sharing is caring
Why have 1 bag, when you can have 2! When travelling with your best friend all items in both of your bags are up for grabs including clothes, hair straighteners, adaptors and even shampoo and conditioner. You’ll never have to wear the same outfit twice and you can save room in your luggage to bring back few souvenirs.
Strike a pose
You don’t have to awkwardly ask a stranger to take a photo of you. What’s even better is they will probably already know your perfect pose, and take a million shots to make sure you get the perfect insta pic!
Travel can be challenging
Travelling can be challenging, from getting a bad case of food poisoning or even having one to many cocktails, your friend will look after you and make sure you’re okay. And it will never feel as bad because you’ll go through all of it together!
They know not to talk to you before your morning coffee or they will know when you’re ‘hangry’ and hand you a snack. They’ll even understand when you need some low-time and space to be by yourself. They understand you better than anyone else and you’ll never have to make up excuses to why you’re feeling a certain way.
Remember that one time in (insert city)… You can relive the memories together until you’re old and grey!
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