10 films to watch during self-isolation for (future) travel inspiration

For the first time in decades we can’t travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While we #StayAtHome, we don’t need to give up on our dreams of future adventures and the easiest way to escape reality for a couple of hours is with a good movie. Here is our top 10 list to inspire your future travel plans.

1. Eat Pray Love

Based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling memoir and starring the beautiful Julia Roberts this movie takes you on an adventure from Italy, then India and finally Indonesia. While Elizabeth is searching for herself we get to visit some of the most beautiful places in the world and while we preferred the book, the film’s scenery is amazing and by the end you will be filled with hope for a better future.

2. The Godfather

Let’s face it, this movie would make most people’s top 10 movies of all time anyway, but it is also great for a bit of travel inspiration. Follow the story of the Corleone crime family from New York to Sicily and then back to New York as they negotiate traitors, bent cops and family feuds. It’s a true cinematic masterpiece with the greatest acting you will probably ever see. Can’t imagine a better way to spend 3 and a half hours at home. When you finish watching The Godfather, watch Part II then Part III (Which is not as bad as some people say!).

3. Mamma Mia

The story is simple and some of the singing is rather questionable (yes, I mean you, Mr Brosnan) but we can’t help singing along to the ABBA hits and planning our next holiday to a Greek island! Mamma Mia is sheer fun, so mix yourself a cocktail and let go of all your worries while you watch this silly but fun movie.

4. Forrest Gump

Follow Forrest all over the USA and Vietnam and enjoy one of the best films ever made. Forrest Gump is one of those films that you can watch again and again and discover something new about it and about yourself. It teaches us to appreciate the little things in life and that’s certainly a good lesson right now. Stay true to your values and keep up hope through whatever life throws at you, it will all be ok.

5. A Good Year

The real star in this film is the Provencal countryside in all of its golden, sun soaked glory. I challenge you to watch this movie and not end up googling how much you’d need to win on the lottery to buy a little French chateau with a vineyard producing top quality wines. 

6. The Sound of Music

If you need cheering up then a musical is pretty good medicine for your bad mood. Follow the charming Von Trapp children and Maria around Salzburg and the Austrian Alps for 3 hours of gorgeous scenery and feel good songs. When life gets back to normal you will be ready to hop on a plane and find some Edelweiss and have your own lakes and mountains adventure!

7. Amélie

Amélie is the story of a charming girl who created her own world and sense of justice. She was brought up mostly isolated from other people and children, something we can surely sympathise with right now. Amélie takes pleasure in the little, everyday things and shares her special charm with all those she comes in to contact with. She works in a café in Montmarte, Paris which serves as a magnificent backdrop for the movie along with other fabulous Parisian locations. Is she ready to open her heart to the mysterious picture collector? Find out and start daydreaming about your next visit to the French capital.

8. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The natural beauty of New Zealand, where the movies were filmed, is simply breathtaking and I’m sure there aren’t many of us who wouldn’t want to visit this remote country where they have more sheep than people! With a total run time of just over 11 hours you can properly settle in and escape the real world. 

9. The Motorcycle Diaries

Follow the young Che Guevara on a motorcycle trip around South America and Cuba which led him to his destiny. The film has stunning scenery and a powerful message. Our favourite quote from this inspirational man is this:
“The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.”

10. Australia

Australia is Baz Luhrmann’s ode to his home country. It’s beautifully shot and a truly epic movie showcasing Australia’s natural beauty and tainted history. The film is the perfect mixture of adventure, action, romance and hope for a better future. Just what we need right now!

 Bonus 1: Captain Corelli’s mandolin

Only kidding… The scenery is beautiful but the film is terrible and Nic Cage’s Italian accent means you may have to watch it on mute!  Read the book instead!!

Hope you enjoyed our list, share your favourite movies with great locations in the comments.

Beautiful Whistler the most instagrammed ski resort in the world

These Are the 50 Most Popular Ski Resorts in the World, According to Instagram

Skiing is one of the most popular and traditional holidays in the world, and indeed a large portion of the transfer customers we serve are heading off for a little slice of winter paradise.

Ski resorts exist all over the world – while some of the most commonly thought of ski destinations are typically in France, Switzerland, and North America, there are in fact ski resorts to enjoy everywhere from South Africa, to Uruguay and even Australia.

Of course, skiing is not just a snowsport enthusiast’s dream, as Instagram has become an increasingly integrated part of our travel experiences, ski resorts have also presented the perfect setting for Instagram travel snappers. The hashtag #ski racked up 13.5 million posts on Instagram.

With this in mind, we decided to crunch the numbers and find out the most Instagrammed ski resorts that are clearly a cut above the rest.

We compiled a list of the world’s top ski resorts and measured the number of times they have been hashtagged on the photo sharing site to determine the most Instagrammed ski resorts in the world. Check them out below.

1. Whistler, Canada

Number of Hashtags: 2,525,621

Taking top spot above all the other resorts in our list is Whistler in Canada, with almost double the number of hashtags of any other ski resort on Instagram. The resort is a mecca for skiers and played host to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The hub of Whistler is a compact, chalet-style pedestrian village at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Their fun Instagram posts consist of people showing off their skills and posing in front of beautiful landscapes.

2. Chamonix, France

 
 
 
 
 
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Number of Hashtags: 1,347,311

In second place is Chamonix in France, often regarded by many as the best freeride resort in the entire world. It’s clear why Chamonix has come in second place with over a million hashtags to its name. Their images boast high rocky crags, picture-perfect towns and long, meandering slopes. Ever since the Winter Olympics of 1924 were held here, Chamonix has been popular. The resort has six different ski areas that cater to all levels from absolute beginners to experts looking for a thrill.

Chamonix’s popularity is helped by the fact that it is very accessible with the journey from Geneva to Chamonix taking just over an hour by road. It is also served by the new Leman Express train from Geneva.

3. Vail Mountain, USA

Number of Hashtags: 1,125,702

Vail Mountain is the first ski resort on our list from America, located near the town of Vail in Eagle County, Colorado. The resort is known for being the most luxurious in the US, with a large number of upmarket hotels and high-class restaurants serving everything you could ever want. Since its conception in the 1960s, Vail has grown to 33 lifts and 193 marked trails. The hashtags associated with the ski resort are more than pics of slopes and mountains, they show off a luxury lifestyle with people relaxing in hot tubs, lavish hotels and delicious food.

4. Lake Louise, Canada

Number of Hashtags: 913,316

Lake Louise ski resort is the second Canadian resort on our list, cementing the country as one of the best places to go to find the most beautiful ski resorts. The resort is located in Banff National Park whose Rocky Mountain peaks and turquoise glacial lakes make it the picture-perfect area to go skiing. Their Instagram features a healthy mix of sweeping landscape images and people skiing through pristine powder.

5. Zermatt, Switzerland

Number of Hashtags: 885,190

The most notable image of Zermatt is the Matterhorn Mountain looming over the popular ski resort. Their Instagram offers up beautiful photographs of the landscape with the Matterhorn front and centre. At 855,190 images, Zermatt is certainly one of the most Instagrammable ski resorts in the world. The ski resort is based in southern Switzerland’s Valais canton and people come from all over the world to ski, climb and hike throughout the year.

Getting to Zermatt is an adventure in itself. The village has been free of cars since the 1970’s so the last leg of your journey is made with a combination of train and electric taxi.

6. Breckenridge Ski Resort, USA

Number of Hashtags: 844,988

Breckenridge ski resort is based in an authentic mining town and offers world-class skiing and riding. The resort is home to North America’s highest lift named The Imperial Express which rises to 12,840 feet (3914 metres) above sea level. The village of Breckenridge is one of the highlights with a lively town centre that gets even busier in the evenings. On weekends, the streets are packed with people looking to shop or visit one of the 100-plus restaurants. Their Instagram boasts skiers performing difficult tricks and hot dogging down the steep slopes.

7. Livigno, Italy

Number of Hashtags: 534,462

Livigno is a ski resort in the Italian Alps close to the Swiss border and is known for its snow parks and great snow record. Nicknamed by some as ‘Little Tibet’ the resort is set in a high, wide and remote valley which means transfers to Livigno from the nearest airports can take several hours. The area enjoys duty-free status which makes it a great place for people to shop, especially for alcohol and tobacco which makes it a magnet for those looking for a bargain. Instagram posts from here tell tales of icy landscapes, mountains covered in snow and perfectly groomed slopes.

8. Niseko, Japan

Number of Hashtags: 525,646

Niseko Ski Resort is based in the chilly North of Japan on Hokkaido island and is considered to be the country’s top ski resort. It’s renowned for its consistency and quality of snow throughout the year and sees 15m+ of snow each season. When searching the ski resort on Instagram you’re met with images of steep mountain slopes, forested pistes and groups of friends having a great time.

9. Keystone Resort, USA

Number of Hashtags: 521,088

With just over 500,000 Instagram posts, Keystone Resort in the US comes in 9th place in our list. This resort is located in Colorado and consists of three mountains, Dercum Mountain, North Peak and the Outback as well as five Bowls which means it offers exciting skiing options at all levels. Keystone describes itself as a laidback mountain playground and welcomes kids of all ages making it the ideal resort for families.

10. Courchevel, France

Number of Hashtags: 480,396

Rounding off the top ten with almost 500,000 Instagram posts is Courchevel in the French Alps. The Courchevel valley forms part of the world’s largest lift-linked ski area – The Trois Vallées consists of 166 lifts and an enormous 600km of pistes. Their Instagram account is very active and gives an insight in to life on and off the slopes. Courchevel 1850 at the top of the valley caters to Europe’s mega rich so images of ultra luxury hotels and restaurants abound. The well-rounded ski resort is great for any skill level and the area provides more than just skiing with shops, hotels and restaurants galore.

The full list of the Most Instagrammed Ski Resorts is as below:

Methodology:

We compiled a list of over 100 of the top ski resorts around the world.

We then analysed each of these resorts, using the top three most popular hashtags related to each ski resort and added them together to find the total number of posts per each ski resort.

We then ranked the resorts based on the number of posts and selected the top 50 highest ranking resorts with the most posts.

The results were measured from February of 2020. 

13 Bucket List Adventures For 2020

Have you got a bucket list? You probably have, even if you haven’t taken the time to write it down on paper. Everyone has at least a few things they want to do or places they want to see during their lifetime. These lists can vary in size and content, some want the simple pleasures like eating a real Italian Pizza in Milan, while others want the ultimate adrenaline rush of skydiving or swimming with great white sharks in Australia. Whatever you dream of, your bucket list will change over time as you discover new adventures and tick off those you’ve finally achieved. 

Why are we talking about bucket lists? Because with the new year comes new dreams. There’s no better time to start adding more exciting adventures to your bucket list than the start of the year. In fact, 2020 will be the start of a whole new decade, the perfect time to set yourself some exciting new goals, and book in a few adventures for the year ahead. So here it is, to inspire the traveller in you we’ve pulled together 13 of the world’s most bucket-list-worthy adventures for you to strive for in 2020. 

Go for a hike: 

If you love walking, hiking and generally spending your time exploring the great outdoors there are several world-famous hikes that you absolutely need to add to your bucket list in 2020. 

1. Sit on top of the world after hiking Mount Kilimanjaro

Image by Greg Montani from Pixabay

Are you looking for a truly incredible adventure? If you’re feeling brave (and physically fit) enough then book yourself on to a trusted tour and hike up to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Once you get there just take a minute to sit and take it all in – you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. 

2. Hike to the Upper Yosemite Falls

Hike your way to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall on the Yosemite Falls Trail. You’ll get close up views of the waterfall, as well as enjoying panoramic views of the Sierra Mountains in the distance.

3. Trek the Great Wall of China

This landmark is hugely popular with selfie-taking tourists, but what you might not know is that different sections of the wall offer different experiences. You can take on challenging hikes or find quiet spots to take photos. There are even tour operators that allow you to camp in the watchtowers overnight. 

Take a swim:

Where there’s water, there’s always fun to be had. If you love the sea, marine life or going for a dip in crystal clear pools, there are plenty of captivating, water-based adventures to be had. 

4. Swim in Yucatán cenotes

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is home to a number of beautiful cenotes. These are essentially natural sinkholes full of deep blue water, you can enjoy a swim or even go diving in the attached underground cave systems. 

5. Explore the hidden blue grotto of Capri

Capri is well-known for its magical blue grotto and for good reason. The enchanting blue water of the hidden cave will leave you feeling like you’ve just emerged from a fairytale. 

6. Swim with turtles in Ningaloo, Western Australia

Who hasn’t dreamed about swimming with sea turtles? And you can come face-to-face with some of the world’s most endangered species of turtle, as well as over 500 other species of marine life in the Ningaloo reef. 

Soar through the air: 

These adventures aren’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’re an adrenaline junkie or you love taking to the skies, here are some of the world’s most magical experiences – and wouldn’t it be great to say you’d done them. 

7. Cliff jump off of the South Point Cliffs in Hawaii

When the conditions are right, South Point Cliffs, Hawaii is every thrill seekers dream. You’ll leap 40 foot in the air over the cliff edge and into the sparkling blue sea below. Ladders connected to old boat hoists mean you can easily get in and out of the water and repeat the jump as many times as you like. 

8. Zipline over Niagara Falls

The MistRider zipline takes you from the top of the Niagara Gorge and can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. The line is 2,200 foot in length and there are four parallel runs so you can enjoy the experience alongside your friends. 

9. Bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand

Do you fancy falling 140 foot, upside down over a bridge? You got it! Kawarau Bridge Bungy opened back in 1988 and has been a hugely popular destination for adrenaline junkies ever since. 

10. Hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey

Image by Alfred Lichtenauer from Pixabay

You’ve probably seen the icon photos of hot air balloons floating over the ‘fairy chimneys’ (tall, cone-shaped rock formations), in Turkey – so why not get in on the action! You’ll be blown away by the stunning 360-degree views over central turkey as you float through the air. 

Sleep under the stars:

Finally, if you’re looking for an adventure that culminates in a night under the stars, consider adding these trips to your bucket list.  

11. Sleep under the stars in NamibRand

NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia is a very rare gold-certified dark sky reserve and you’ll never experience a night sky quite like it. You can join a walking group and camp out under the stars, or if you want something bit more luxurious why not stay at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge and watch the sky from the observatory. 

12. Camp out in the Sahara Desert

After a long day trekking the desert by camel, you can spend a night or two camping in the tranquillity of the Sahara Desert. Get up early to watch the sunrise as it casts mesmerising shadows over the sand dunes. 

13. Relax under Northern lights in Finland

Good news for those who don’t really want to ‘rough it’, there are several options for luxury accommodation in Finland, from glass igloos and lodges, to canvas domes and bubble sledges, so you can spend a cosy night gazing up at the Northern Lights

Off on an adventure this year? Make sure to always pre-book your transport to and from the airport using FindTransfers.com