3 Travel destinations inspired by some of the biggest 2019 movies

2019-03-28 16:30 - Jenna Berndt
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There’s nothing quite like a blockbuster to escape from the daily grind.

But for pure escapism, nothing beats a trip abroad. Inspired by some of our favourite movies and series this year, here’s where to travel to next. 

Crazy Rich Asians - Singapore

2018’s Crazy Rich Asians movie, based on Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name, turned the world’s spotlight on fabulous Singapore. From touchdown at Changi Airport, named Best Airport in the World for a staggering six consecutive years by Skytrax, this unique island city-state is hard to forget. Just ask Rachel!

Feast on dishes of Hainan chicken and satays at the famous Hawker Centres. Marvel at towering supertrees (tree-like structures covered in real plants) in Gardens of the Bay, used as the setting for Colin and Araminta’s wedding reception in the film.

Toast your good fortune with a Singapore Sling at the grand Raffles hotel, or from the CÉ LA VI Sky Bar at Marina Bay Sands. 

Aladdin - Jordan

A live-action remake of the Disney classic is set to hit US screens in May this year. Aladdin and Princess Jasmine will enter a whole new world in the fictional kingdom of Agrabah, the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan in real life. 

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Jordan was named one of the top ten countries to visit in 2019 by TripAdvisor. Travellers can channel their inner princess with an adventure to this mythical kingdom and crowning treasure Petra, romantically known as the Rose City. 

There’s also 4x4 dune bashing, Bedouin desert camp safaris and camel riding. 

The Lion King - Kenya

Due for release in the US in July 2019, The Lion King must be one of the most anticipated Disney remakes in decades. This top-dollar CGI version features the voices of Beyonce (as Nala) and South African John Kani (as Rafiki), and was inspired by the ominously-named Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya, around 90kms from Nairobi.

So named for its bubbling geothermal landscapes that release plumes of steam into the air from the depths, the park is a must-do, either as a day trip from the capital although we’d suggest you stay on longer.  Enjoy walking safaris and pitch a tent under that dazzling, you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it star-studded sky. 

“Join a small group, big adventure tour that includes meeting Maasai warriors and exploring the famous Maasai Mara by 4X4. Time your visit to witness the bucket list experience seeing the famous wildebeest migration, usually from July to October,” Sue Garrett, General Manager Product and Marketing for the Flight Centre Travel Group, recommends.

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