Movie and TV releases inspire new generation of ‘set-jetters’
One of the impacts of a global lockdown was the surge in binge watching TV series and movies. Marry this with the pent-up desire to travel once lockdowns were lifted and the result is a new generation of ‘set-jetters’ – travellers keen to explore places seen on screen.
Online casino guide BonusInsider has looked at the filming locations for 2024’s most anticipated film and TV releases and complied a list of the 'best set-jetting destinations for 2024’.
In top spot is Sydney, Australia (pictured), with set-jetters walking in the footsteps of Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, cast of the action thriller The Fall Guy, out in May 2024. Filming locations include the pedestrian zone Martin Place, the Sydney Opera House and the suburb of Kurnell.
Sydney is also the set for one of the most anticipated premieres of 2024, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, starring Chris Hemsworth.
In second spot is London, UK, the setting for one of 2024’s biggest movies, Wonka. Some of the scenes were filmed in the Rivoli Ballroom in Crofton Park, south-east London. This is the only ballroom from the 1950s in London that has been kept in its original condition, including red velvet upholstery, chandeliers and Chinese lanterns. Set-jetters can attend one of the many music and dance events hosted at this iconic ballroom.
Third place goes to the capital of the Czech Republic where Ballerina – expected to be released in June – was shot. Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Keanu Reeves around the Prague's Old Town (pictured), including Dlouhá Street, famous for its bars and nightlife, and around the National Theatre of Prague. The crew also shot in Ostrava and the small town of Štramberk.
Malta takes fourth place, where Fort Ricasoli will feature extensively in the upcoming Gladiator 2, a sequel to the epic 2000 movie.
A surprising entry in fifth place comes in the form of Bourne Wood in the southern county of Surrey in England. The wood was one of the filming locations for House of the Dragon: Season 2, a Game of Thrones spin-off. The wood has been widely used as a filming location for many Hollywood productions over the past few decades, including Band of Brothers, Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince and Robin Hood.
Rounding out the top 10 is Budapest, Hungary at number six (a location for Poor Things and Dune Part Two); at seven, Buckinghamshire, UK (a location for Deadpool and Wicked); at eight, Blyde River Canyon in South Africa (featured in the next instalment of Mission Impossible); at nine, Jordan's Wadi Rum (also seen in Dune Part Two), and in last place, another entry for Autralia with Greeland's Gold Coast (featured in Godzilla x Kong, The New Empire).
“Visiting the filming locations of iconic movies isn’t new but set-jetting has exploded in the past year and is likely to shape the travel industry in 2024 and beyond,” said BonusInsider spokesperson David Sandler.