The silver screen transport us to another world. If you could take a movie mini-break, where would you go, and more importantly, how much would it cost? The folks at Betway have decided to do a deep dive into the world of the most popular movies ranked highly around the world. From Star Wars’ Cando Bight and Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade, to Jurassic Park’s Isla Nublar (and more), we have put together six creative, bespoke Staycation posters for the most popular fictional movie destinations. We have featured a couple below:
THE OVERLOOK HOTEL (The Shining, 1980)
With The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep coming to cinemas this Halloween, we decided to take a look back at Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic and imagine what it would be like to visit the Overlook Hotel. There’s a lot of reasons to stay at the Overlook Hotel. It’s grand, spacious, with killer views of the Colorado mountains and plenty of that turn-of-the-century American glamour and charm. In fact, it’s the perfect place to get away from the world – though for some the isolation may be a little bit too testing. Sure, the winters can get a little long, and you might find yourself sharing a room with a malevolent ghost or an increasingly erratic husband, but what hotel doesn’t have its quirks? Maybe don’t stay in Room 237 though!
To cost up the Overlook, we looked to Colorado’s Stanley Hotel, which was the inspiration for Stephen King’s original novel. Accommodation and daily food costs were taken directly from the hotel website, and travel figures based on flights to Denver and subsequent mountain transfer. We made sure to include winter sports in insurance fees, in case you find yourself running through a frozen hedge maze, and worked out the cost of renting a Snow Cat too – just in case you need to get out of there quickly!
Cost to Visit – £2575.39
LOS ANGELES 2019 (Blade Runner, 1982)
Blade Runner is set in Los Angeles, in the distant future of November 2019. In that case, you’d be forgiven for thinking a stay in Blade Runner’s LA 2019 would be easy to imagine. But the LA in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic is considerably different to the one we know. For one thing, the orange, sunny-haze of downtown Los Angeles has been replaced by darkness and eternal rain. The city itself has become a sprawling metropolis, Tokyo on steroids – a dystopian, neon nightmare. Animals no longer exist, replicants run amok but it’s not all bad – there’s flying cars! Remember to pack an umbrella though.
We did however use LA to cost up travel and accommodation for Blade Runner’s moody version of the city. Due to the city’s Japanese influence – you can enjoy some tasty ramen on the wet streets – food and drink costs were based on modern day Tokyo. We also included the cost of car rental as you’ll need one to fly around LA – but we’ve assumed due to ubiquity that these are just as pricey as regular cars.
Cost to Visit – £1131.82
WAKANDA (Black Panther, 2018)
And isolated kingdom hidden deep in Africa, Wakanda has only recently began to open up the world, which means its currently fairly untouched by tourists. The country really has it all, catering to fans of the city and lovers of the countryside. So there’s some beautiful natural scenery – mountains with giant, cascading waterfalls, surrounded by rolling green hills and lush, tropical forests – alongside megacity cities with shimmering skyscrapers of glass and steel. Wakanda may in fact be the most advanced nation in the world. A country which respects its heritage and roots, but one which isn’t afraid to modernise, it’s worth visiting for the gorgeous purple sunsets alone.
To cost up Wakanda, we looked to local equivalents and found that Marvel fans generally agreed that the nearest real-world equivalent was Nairobi. Costs were calculated from there, with an additional extra cost for the hiring of a flying jet to get in and out.
Cost to Visit – £1096.36
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