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Travel Inspired by Holiday Movies 2013

Holiday Movies 2013: Mandela

In this season’s hottest film releases, the settings nearly upstage the stars.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Headliners:
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Backdrop:
Another dystopian tournament, another paradisiacal setting (this time it’s Hawaii).
Scene Stealer:
Katniss and her rivals battle it out by Kawela Bay, on Oahu’s North Shore.
Inspired?
Stay where the cast reportedly did: Turtle Bay Resort ($$).

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (pictured)
Headliners:
Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Backdrop:
The biopic, which features Elba (The Wire) in the title role, was filmed on location throughout South Africa.
Scene Stealer:
Idyllic KwaZulu-Natal, where the activist’s wedding to Winnie Madikizela was shot.
Inspired?
Visit Robben Island, where Mandela spent 18 years.

Inside Llewyn Davis
Headliners:
Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake
Backdrop:
Joel and Ethan Coen evoke Greenwich Village in the 1960’s through the story of a folksinger’s struggles.
Scene Stealer:
NYC’s landmark Caffe Reggio ($$) stands in for a Chicago club.
Inspired?
Go on a downtown bar-hop on the Greenwich Village Rock Tour.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Headliners:
Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott
Backdrop:
Stiller directs a remake of the 1947 classic about a hapless dreamer who realizes his life of adventure in Iceland.
Scene Stealer:
The star skateboards at breakneck speed in the lunar Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Inspired?
Walk on glaciers with Overseas Adventure Travel.

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Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company

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