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Welcome to Film & Travel!


April 16, 2012 by Amanda

Each and every year, thousands of movies are filmed all around the world.

And, every once in a while, when a movie hits the right note at the box office, the locations where the movie was filmed become sites of interest for travelers.

Places like New Zealand for “Lord of the Rings” fans, or London’s King Cross Station for “Harry Potter” fans become akin to sites of pilgrimage for devoted movie buffs.

This site will seek to highlight my own film-related adventures around the world, including stories, photos, and tips about visiting, as well as the stories of others and profiles of interesting film sites all over the world.

So, without further ado,

Lights, camera, tourism!


  1. Amazing idea for a site! I’ll say it loud and proud: films definitely inspire me to travel some places. As you mentioned NZ is all about LOTR. It was so much fun visiting random film sets while traveling here. It’s funny, the standard road maps here even have a ring in the key to symbolize a spot where LOTR was filmed. Can’t wait to read more here.
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    • Amanda says:

      Thanks so much, Bobbi! I think films (and sometimes even just TV shows!) can be a huge catalyst for people to visit certain destinations over others. I’ve been wanting to start this site for quite a while (I bought the domain last year!), so I’m really excited to finally be getting started on it!

      And you can bet that New Zealand will be featured plenty!

      • Vi says:

        You definitely will have what to do in New Zealand, by visiting all sites 🙂
        BTW, Matamata area where Hobbiton site was set probably is closest what you can see in move, especially The Tree. With other sites it is done too much computer rendering, thought it is still interesting to visit.
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        • Amanda says:

          I’ve been to many filming sites in NZ already (including Hobbiton), so I’ll definitely be writing a lot about those experiences here!

          You’re right, though – most of the sites you can’t really recognize from Lord of the Rings unless you’re a huge, huge fan!

  2. Vi says:

    p.s. congratulation with your new web site 🙂
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  3. Vanessa says:

    Great idea for a new site. And visiting movie sets/locations is exciting. I think this was once in the realm of ‘geeks’ only, but it’s becoming popular for everyone.
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    • Amanda says:

      Thanks, Vanessa! And yes, I think it’s much more mainstream these days to visit film/TV sites. You can find tours all over the world!

  4. Love this concept! I actually started out as a writer (nearly 20 years ago now) covering music and film, and I still cover celebs for a lot of my freelance outlets. It’s been interesting to see our hometown of Atlanta become a hotspot for film and TV production (The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, Drop Dead Diva and a gazillion movies), and we’ve even had tours pop up to take people to filming locations around the city. Looking to forward to seeing what you’ll do with the site!
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    • Amanda says:

      Thanks, Bret! I didn’t know Atlanta was so huge right now in film and TV! I’ll know who to turn to for some good Atlanta content!

  5. That is a great idea. A lot of people would also love to travel to places that were featured in famous places. Even not all of us can afford to visit those places, we would feel like we’ve also been there if we could read your blog posts about them.
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