Decisions decisions… Where will you spend your next international holiday? With the world as your oyster there are so many options to choose from – a tropical beach holiday in the Maldives or a forest cabin in Germany. We’ve looked at some popular TV shows to get some travel inspiration and hope it will help you make that (oh-so difficult) decision…
Fall in love in France – Riviera
Get a taste of the lifestyle enjoyed in British drama series Riviera with a trip to France’s Côte d’Azur, where they’re filmed the second season. And while staying in a lavish pad like the home of Julia Stiles’ character Georgina, Villa Carmella, might be out of your budget, you can still marvel at the same stunning scenery.
Stay in Nice, with its pretty Old Town and enjoy strolls on the famous Promenade des Anglais that runs along the seafront. It’s the perfect location from which to explore Cannes, St Tropez and Monaco, favourite haunts of the jet set.
- Watch it: Season 1 on BBC First, DStv Channel 119 (Catch Up)
- Go there: Visit frenchriviera-tourism.com
From your base in Belfast, visit the craggy coastline and lush valleys of Northern Ireland that take centre stage in many episodes of the hit series Game of Thrones, drawing visitors from all over the world. Take a tour and visit the Dark Hedges in County Antrim, a spectacular avenue of beech trees and the setting of where Arya Stark makes her escape in the King’s Road episode.
Stop off at the seaside village of Cushendun and visit the cave where Melisandre gave birth to the shadow assassin. On this dramatic stretch of coast, you can also take in UNESCO World Heritage site the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge near Ballintoy. Head back to Belfast, the birthplace of the HMS Titanic, where you can spend hours exploring the museum and taking in the city’s vibrant nightlife.
- Watch it: Season 8 is due for release in 2019
- Go there: Visit visitbelfast.com
Take a bite of the Big Apple – Suits
Glamorous legal drama Suits – which starred Prince Harry’s Meghan Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex – is all about living life in the fast lane, so why not grab yourself a slice of the action in New York, where the show is set? Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the viewing platform of the One World Observatory at the top of One World Trade Center.
Visit Grand Central Terminal, the backdrop to many films including Friends with Benefits, then head downstairs to the lower level for seafood at the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Despite the frenetic pace of the city, you can still find places of calm. Explore Central Park and visit The Highline, a park built on an elevated former railway line.
- Watch it: Season 8 on M-Net, DStv Channel 101
- Go there: Visit nycgo.com
Enjoy a regal retreat – The Crown
If you loved The Crown, the Netflix drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, then take a trip to Ely, Cambridgeshire, and visit the city’s cathedral, which was used as the location for the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, doubling as Westminster Abbey. With its 14th-century octagonal lantern tower and ornately decorated ceiling, the cathedral is truly a wondrous sight.
And it’s no stranger to the small – and big – screen, as it’s also featured in the King’s Speech and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. But there’s much more to the city to enjoy: embark on Ely’s eel trail, named after the fish found in the city’s marshland – the route takes in around 18 local attractions, including the Bishop’s Palace, Jubilee Gardens and Quai D’Orsay.
- Watch it: Seasons 1 to 2 are available on Netflix
- Go there: Visit visitcambridge.org
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Go on a Keys adventure – Bloodline
Sissy Spacek played the matriarch of the troubled Rayburn family in Netflix’s hit 2015 series Bloodline, but the real scene-stealer was the breathtaking setting of the Florida Keys. Hop on the aptly-named Overseas Highway where a series of bridges carry you from one island to the next – along the way you can soak up views of palm-dotted beaches and azure water.
Base yourself on Key Largo, the largest of the islands (and the closest to the mainland), where you can easily make day trips to the famed Everglades National Park, or head to Key West, the southern-most tip of the Keys, for a sunset cocktail at one of the many bars and cafés.
- Watch it: Seasons 1 to 3 are available on Netflix
- Go there: Visit fla-keys.com