If you’re looking for fantastic places to visit, follow the trail of some of film’s most epic journeys

One of the things that makes adventure films great is getting introduced to fantastic places you would otherwise not have known about. Films have taken us from the deep recesses of Earth to the outermost areas of space using green screens and other advanced technological techniques employed by filmmakers. However, there are films that used real places as a backdrop to some of the most epic film journeys ever made. Consider visiting these unbelievably amazing places on your next vacation:

Middle Earth

January 3 of each year celebrates the birth of one of the most prominent literary figures of high fantasy, John Ronald Ruel Tolkien, more commonly known as J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and The Silmarillon, among other books concerning the epic story of Middle Earth. Follow in the footsteps of the fellowship of the ring when you visit various places in New Zealand. Explore Kaitoke Regional Park, the enchanting land of Rivendell where Arwen Evenstar dwells, or pass solemnly by Mount Owen, recognized by Gimli son of Glóin as Dimrill Dale, where the fellowship rested after their escape from Moria where Gandalf the Grey fell in battle against the Balrog.


Dimrill Dale (South Island, New Zealand) (more…)

Have a fabulous time traveling this season by following some amazing big heads in these popular fall and winter destinations.

The holiday season is almost synonymous with vacation season, so if you’re itching to travel this fall or winter but still cannot decide where to go, try following some of these literal big heads and you might just have the best vacation experience ever:

The Great Sphinx of Giza

The mysterious Sphinx calls the country of Egypt home and beckons you to journey through the ruins of an ancient civilization that produced architectural brilliance like the great pyramids. This mystical being is definitely guarding a treasure trove of history that begs to be explored.


Toltec Statues of Mexico

Some other civilizations that can match the greatness of Egypt’s arts and architecture are the ancient civilizations of the Mayans, Aztecs, and Toltecs, among many others that resided in Mexico. The country possesses an archaic and bittersweet yet magnificent history that still reverberates through their ancient sites today.

Toltec Statues of Mexico

Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha of Phuket

The 45-meter high marble statue displays a 360˚ view of the island that also boasts pristine white-sand beaches and exciting nightlife. If you like sightseeing underwater, Phuket also has wonderful snorkeling sites where you can witness the abundance of exotic marine life.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

One of the more festive places on our list, Rio de Janeiro will surely get your party mode on. Watch and learn some new dance moves at the Festival Panorama de Dança, an international dance competition held every November. Lounge around at the Ipanema beach or marvel at the amazing view that the statue of Christ the Redeemer can show you. It’s simply impossible to get bored in the City of Carnivals.

Ku, Lono, Kane, and Kanaloa Tikis of Hawaii

Marvel at the giant tikis that stand for the four great gods worshipped by the ancient Hawaiians: Ku, the god of war; Lono, the god of fertility and peace; Kane, the god of light and life; and Kanaloa, the god of the sea. With the exception of Ku, these major gods represent the beauty that is the Hawaiian Islands. Surrounded by lush rainforest, active volcanoes, and picture-perfect beaches, Hawaii offers countless activities that you will surely want to try. Enjoy an authentic Luau, surf the perfect wave, or simply be amazed at the underwater spectacle of the island’s abundant marine life.

Marine turtle

Kwakwak’wakw and Nuu-cha-nulth Tribe Totem Poles of Vancouver

Unlike Hawaii’s tiki poles which stand for the gods, the totem poles of the Kwakwak’wakw and Nuu-cha-nulth tribes symbolize their ancestors and spirit helpers, so the connection of the native people to these poles is much deeper. Since you’re already in Vancouver, try some of the winter recreational activities available to tourists. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, test your skills on the slopes; if you’re not, then this will be a good time to experience something new.

Whether you decide to follow the big heads or not, you can be sure that these fall and winter destinations have a lot in store for you.

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