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The Screen Effect

If, like me, you spend a lot of time in front of the TV and with all the great shows out there, who can blame me! Then you have no doubt also get a bad case of TV wanderlust. It’s fantastic how that little black screen can transport you around the world (and beyond). If you want to swap square eyes for in real life wonderment and see somewhere new but familiar then keep reading.

No doubt we of the most talked about series of the moment is Game of Thrones. And there is a lot to discuss, the affairs, the bloodshed, the battles and all the twists and turns. The dramatic locations are a huge part of the show. It’s no wonder whole tourism spin offs are cropping up in these perhaps previously overlooked destinations.

Croatia

King’s Landing and (current) home to the Iron Throne.

Croatia is incredibly diverse and hence why it makes such a great location choice. From the city of Dubrovnik, the dramatic and rugged coastline and the mountainous regions.

Tour examples include:

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Iceland

Northern Iceland is a very unforgiving landscape but more providers than ever are opening up this epic region than ever before. We love Superbreak’s packages which include:


Follow in the footsteps of Sansa Stark and Littlefinger on their way to the Eyrie –
Spend a day exploring some of the incredible locations used in the hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ on this 8-hour tour from Reykjavik. With a professional guide leading the way, follow in the footsteps of the White Walkers at the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, visit  the breathtaking natural vistas of Lake Thingvallavatn. Then, reimagine one of the most brutal sieges in the show’s history at Thjorsárdalur valley. Round-trip transport on a comfortable, fully heated coach is included. Prices from £88pp

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Discover the stunning Arctic landscape with our unique and exclusive North Iceland holidays. Flying from a range regional airports, these are the only direct flights to Akureyri from the UK.

Guests also benefit from the services of a Super Break representative in resort as well as transfers from the Airport to the hotels.

  • Discover the beautiful Lake Myvatn geothermal area.
  • Visit the famous Godafoss waterfall and the Dimmuborgir lava formations.
  • Relax in the Lake Myvatn Nature Baths (optional entry).

Incredible North Iceland breaks also include a Search for the Northern Lights tour – Northern Iceland is one of the best places to witness the beautiful Aurora Borealis.

There are also a range of optional excursions to add to your Incredible North Iceland break including Whale Watching, Superjeep tours and even a trip to a beer spa!

3 and 4 night breaks start from £699pp – ask us for details

The Happiest Place on Earth

Of course Walt Disney World was built on movies and characters we adore. The 47-square mile destination is bigger than Greater Manchester! You immerse yourself in TV and movie magic fun. With more to do than you can ever imagine.

At Strawberry Holidays, Walt Disney World is a family favourite and we’re really looking forward to learning more at the UK Destinations Roadshow next month (May 2019).

Families are obviously a key audience for Disney holidays, but they’re not the only ones who enjoy experiencing the magic. Adults also love the iconic fantasy world, where you can feel like a child again.

You might be asking yourself but what’s appealing about Florida for adults?

  • The wide range of holiday experiences, and the great climate.
  • Combining Walt Disney World Resort with other Florida areas—city escapes like Miami or Tampa, or natural areas like the Everglades, the Keys, and beaches.
  • Although other theme parks are popular, Walt Disney World Resort is the ultimate magical immersion.

Greece

Mamma Mia, The Durrells & Captain Corelli’s Mandolin are just a few of the big hitters filmed on more than mythical Greek Islands.

Skopelos

In Mamma Mia, most of the outdoor scenes were filmed on location at the small Greek island of Skopelos, and the seaside hamlet of Damouchari in the Pelion area of Greece. The film’s main location site in Skopelos was Kastani beach on the south west coast.

Holidays to Skopelos showcase some of the most unspoiled scenery in the Aegean. This island is draped in virgin pinewoods and fringed by sandy bays. This mountainous isle in the north Aegean Sea is really unspoiled. Inland, olive groves, orchards and pine forests are honeycombed with scenic walking trails. And along the coast, beaches come in every shape and form. From pebbly bays with mountain views, to cliff-framed coves that can only be reached by boat.

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Corfu

It’s easy to dream of escaping to Corfu with the Durrell family. Go on a jaunt through Corfu’s sunny beaches, quaint villages, and breathtaking bays. Walk in the footsteps of the real-life Durrell family, or snap a selfie in a location used by The Durrells in Corfu. Whatever your pleasure, don’t forget to greet locals with a cheerful kalimera!

Kefalonia

The beautiful island of Kefalonia constituted the main setting for the Hollywood film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Shooting started in 2000, under the guidance of John Madden, who also directed Shakespeare in Love.

This movie, starring Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz, revives the love story of the Italian officer Antonio Corelli (Nicolas Cage), who arrives in Kefalonia as the officer of the infantry division Acqui during the Italian occupation of the Ionian islands (Second World War).

There he meets Pelagia (Cruz), a strong-willed woman and a relationship develops between them. The movie peaks with the Massacre of the Italian division by the Nazi troops, their former allies.

The movie shot in many locations of Kefalonia, showing the beauties of the island to the world. In particular, scenes filmed in the village of Sami, which filmmakers partly reconstructed to look like before the severe earthquake that hit the Ionian islands in 1953, in the fabulous beach of Antisamos, in Argostoli and also in Fiscardo.

In recent times we’ve seen the almost devastating effect mass tourism is having on locations such as Croatia. UNESCO World Heritage sites are under threat by visitor numbers. You can and should consider alternatives to these places, or travel “off-season” to help alleviate some of this disruption. Read here about the best alternatives in my blog, Where is the best place to book a holiday for in 2019.  

About the Author
I've worked in travel for 13 years. As a marketer I've worked for Thomas Cook, Going Places, Direct Holidays, Gill's Cruises, Virgin Holidays and cruise brands, Cruise118.com, sixstarcruises.co.uk and rivervoyages.com. Strawberry Holidays was born because I LOVE TRAVEL. In the last 5 years my family and I have been to 39 places and 17 countries.