To celebrate the film awards season this year, Agoda has shared its list of holiday ideas inspired by the past year’s blockbuster hits and award winners.
Headquartered in Singapore, Agoda is part of Booking Holdings and operates across 53 cities in more than 30 countries. Agoda.com and the Agoda mobile app are available in 38 languages and provides a range of destinations. Below are the company’s hand-picked ‘reel’ travel locations, created to inspire the bucket list traveller in you.
Action-packed holiday spots
Queenstown, New Zealand
If you fancy playing action hero for a day or two, head to Queenstown, New Zealand, where ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ filmed its helicopter action sequence. Take your own helicopter ride and indulge in New Zealand’s other extreme sports, from bungee jumping to heli-skiing.
If Sci-Fi and the chance to run into dinosaurs in the modern world is more your thing, head to Oahu, Hawaii, the setting for ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’. Not only is it an excellent backdrop for extinct creatures, but also for travellers looking for a holiday full of sea, volcanoes, outdoor sports and lush nature.
Film-inspired city breaks
‘Crazy Rich Asians’, one of the biggest rom-coms of the year, had travellers going crazy for Singapore. The film captured multiple locations across Singapore, from the famous Gardens by the Bay to the food hawker stalls at Newton Food Centre, which lends itself to a pretty full itinerary for travellers keen to explore the Lion City.
‘Black Panther’ had its epic casino fight and car-chase scenes take place in Busan, Korea, a city that’s arguably more beautiful at night than during the day. Though the glamorous underground casino doesn’t exist in real life, you can pretend otherwise at one of Busan’s swanky cocktail lounges or nightclubs.
During the day, check out Busan’s beaches, hot springs, temples, and shrines — local gems that didn’t make the cut for the film.
Take note of these musical destinations
A Star is Born
The City of Angels was the backdrop for many of the scenes in this year’s remake of ‘A Star is Born’, the romantic drama about a seasoned country musician eclipsed by his rising star of a partner.
Throughout the movie, many of its noteworthy concert scenes were shot across a number of Los Angeles venues, including the 5,870-seat music venue Greek Theatre, the cosy Regent Theatre, and the Shrine Auditorium, a landmark venue where multiple film and music award events have been held.
If your taste in music is more classic rock than country, this biographical film about one of the greatest rock bands of all time should be on your must-watch list.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is framed around the band’s Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium. Home to England’s football, Wembley is also still one of the most popular venues for major artists to perform.