Though the two words might sound the same, jet-setting and set-jetting are not the same thing. People who are interested in set-jetting want to travel around the world, visiting the filming locations used by their favorite movies and television shows. The trips that they go on are sometimes known as location vacations, which is an incredibly accurate name since these vacations tend to focus entirely on stopping at specific locations.
The pressure to hit as many popular spots as possible sets a set-jetting apart from your average vacation. And that's especially true when it comes to the planning. This list will help you to make sure that you get the most bang for your buck!
11 Reignite The Fire Of Passion With A Rewatch!
It's safe to say that anyone who's planning to travel to a special place just to immerse themselves in the world of a movie or TV show is already a pretty big fan. But it never hurts to turn the excitement up a few more notches, right? Rewatching (or binge-watching) is not only a great way to do that, but it's a good way to fill the gap between planning an adventure and actually embarking on it. Not to mention that it can help keep you occupied while traveling to your destination, if you download some episodes onto phone, iPad or laptop ahead of time!
10 Make Sure To Do Your Research And Plan Things Thoroughly
This one is common sense, but it's always important to make sure to cross your T's and dot your I's when planning a trip! Location vacations are already different from the typical trip because there are specific places that you just can't run the risk of missing out on a chance to see.
Take the extra time to make sure you've found the optimal way to travel from point A to point B, and always research if the location requires reservations. Meanwhile, you'll need to find a comfortable place to sleep, and plan your food budget.
9 Bring A Friend Along To Join The Fun!
Everything is better when it's done with a friend, and obsessing over things is no exception! The unique experience of actually seeing the places from your favorite movies and TV shows is only improved by bringing along a companion who's just as invested as you are. Having someone to talk to and to take perfect social media photos with is a welcome addition to any trip, right?
There are other advantages too, though. If you have a taste for the darker side of life, it might help to have someone by your side when you visit the Overlook Hotel from Stephen King's The Shining, which is actually a hotel in Colorado called the Stanley Hotel. Ever since the film was completed, there have been rumors of paranormal sightings. So having a friend with you if you plan on sleeping there or one of countless other locations or cities that bring horror movies to life is probably a good idea!
8 Be Ready To Deal With A Crowd Of Other Setjetters And Tourists
There's absolutely no way that you're the only person in the world who's a fan of whatever movie or TV show has inspired you to travel. So it's safe to assume that there will be other set-jetters at whatever location you go to. That means it's important to square off enough time for being stuck in traffic, a long line, or those moments where you're slowed down by a crowd. Patience is something that every Location Vacation-goer should pack in their bags.
7 Give Sceneframing A Shot!
This phenomenon has been popular for years now, but a lot of people don't even realize that it actually has a name! Sceneframing is done by taking an image from a movie or TV show (whether it's a physical one or a digital one) and lining it up with the real world for a photo. It's an awesome way to document the locations that you visit, and it can help cut down on the number of times that you have to explain why your vacation included a trip to a random doctor's office.
5 Be Respectful Of The Locals And Their Culture
Quite a few things are filmed in locations that would be considered foreign to some travelers. Plenty of these places have come to expect tourists to carry themselves in a certain way, but it might make things go even better for you if you take the time to learn about the local culture and customs before you just dive in. After all, there are places where certain things you usually don't think twice about may be considered disrespectful.
For example, giving a tip after a meal in a restaurant is a pretty staple part of American culture, but it's actually considered pretty rude in certain parts of Europe! It's also important to take the time to learn at least rudimentary conversations skills in the local language, for your own benefit and for theirs. Maintaining proper etiquette can make a big difference in how good your trip is.
4 Visit The Same Hangouts As The Cast And Crew!
There's a surprising amount of downtime on the average movie or television set. Generally speaking, only a portion of the cast and crew will be filming at a specific time, which leaves the rest of them with nothing to do. Even if all hands are on deck during filming, most people like to head somewhere to wind down after a long day at work, right?
There's a pretty good chance that the people who worked on the very thing that inspired your location vacation spent time at a local establishment like a bar or a restaurant - or even a bowling alley, like the cast of MTV's Teen Wolf. They became fascinated with spending time at a bowling alley in Atlanta after they filmed an episode there in the first season!
Stopping in at that place for yourself can help you feel like you're part of the show - and maybe net you some cool insider info. But if you can't find a place where the cast and crew hung out, don't despair! It's just as good to head off to the places seen on-screen, since they were technically there, too. Harry Potter fans can always take a day trip from London to 12 Picket Post Close, Bracknell, Berkshire, which was used for the interior and exterior of Number 4 Privet Drive in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!
3 Be Mindful Of The Environment
It's an unfortunate reality that sudden increases in tourism can cause serious ecological damage, and set-jetting plays a big role in causing those spikes. For example, The Beach (2000) was filmed in Thailand at a place called Maya Beach. It was closed indefinitely in 2018 to allow the environment a chance to recover from the side-effects of receiving thousands of tourists per day. You can help make a difference by cleaning up after yourself (and others, if you feel strongly about conservationism), avoiding messing around with wildlife, and respecting any restrictions put into place by the locals.
2 Take Advantage Of Themed Tours And Programs
There are a lot of places that not only embrace set-jetters with open arms, but actively encourage them to come out and play! Guided tours and programs are among the most popular ways to make sure that you get the most out of your experience. These experiences take you to the very best filming locations, and give you the behind the scenes information on them. Some even offer special things like themed activities, as well as unique photo opportunities and exclusive souvenirs!
Of course, this is a situation where fans of the Harry Potter series are at a serious advantage, because there are so many things for them to indulge in.
1 Try To Squeeze In Some Regular Sight-Seeing Too
The entire point of a set-jetting trip is to indulge in the places that gave life to your favorite fictional worlds - but it's important to stop and take in the real world, too!
Los Angeles is one of the most popular places for filming right now, and there's no shortage of things to get up to there. Among those things are escape rooms, which are great for anyone who loves to get an adrenaline rush. Sometimes they're even movie-themed: The Purge had a limited time, traveling escape room called The Purge: Breakout, which gave visitors 30 minutes to find their way out of Big Daddy's multi-room home, with the help of a live actor.
If horror isn't your cup of tea though, there are plenty of other things to do in Los Angeles - and of course, all around the rest of the world, too!