Movies and the Oscars Inspire Travel

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oscar-gift-bagThe movie Roman Holiday was my introduction to travel porn. Audrey Hepburn may have been exploring the pleasures of Gregory Peck, but I was entranced by Rome. By the time Enchanted April came out, I’d been to Italy several times, though never renting an island chateau. That is now on my bucket list.

In The Accidental Tourist, William Hurt is a travel writer who never wants to leave his house. OK, that movie didn’t inspire me to travel.

This year’s crop of movies up for Oscars also piqued my travel bug. The Descendants was a wonderful tale about family and connection to the land. That land was Hawaii, where my husband and I honeymooned, and since we just celebrated our 25th anniversary, seeing Hawaii made me long to go there again.

Hugo takes place in Paris, mainly in the train station. Paris was the first European city I ever went to, and we spent a lot of time in the train station.


The Oscars themselves make me dream of sun-kissed Hollywood vacations, where we can eat healthy California cuisine and see celebrities.

africanelephantEven the Oscars swag bag gives me travel envy. The stars are ‘gfited’ with a Premier Tours Elephant Safari in Botswana. The 4 night/5 day luxury trip for 2, all inclusive, retails for $15,580. Taking my family of 5? Not going to happen.

The stars also get 2 nights at Imanta Resorts in Punta de Mita, Mexico. The suite, with 2 massages, is worth $3,350.

To get into shape for these amazing trips, the stars receive a month of unlimited classes at Physique 57. This costs a more budget-friendly $300. But even in New York City, you can join a decent gym for around $100 a month, so the classes are not for mere mortals.

But if I start saving now…

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About The Author

Judy Antell is the Free in 50 States editor of TravelingMom. Judy lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and three daughters. The vegetarian family loves to visit the farmer’s market for local, organic produce. They have bicycled in Europe, skied downhill and cross country across the US, and hit the beaches all over the Caribbean. They visit cities and small towns around the country, always seeking vegetarian food – and chocolate. Read her blog,

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