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It hasn't been a good month for travelers with a fear of flying.
First there were the threats to planes flying into Russia for the Olympics, followed by the hijacking an Ethiopian Airlines flight, and this weekend the airborne thriller Non-Stop is hitting theaters.
The New York Times recently included Taiwan on its list of 52 must-visit destinations for 2014 (it's #11). Jaunted's Lilit Marcus just returned from a visit to the "heart of Asia" and reports back all this week on why it's a worthwhile vacation destination.
The Taiwanese town of Jiufen, located at the northernmost tip of the island just outside of Taipei, is massively popular with Japanese tourists thanks to its tea houses. One of those Japanese tourists who visited Jiufen was filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, who was so inspired by the oceanside town that he based his movie Spirited Away on the destination.
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This year you can get a taste of ancient Rome on the big screen and in person.
Pompeii, starring Kit Harington as a slave-turned-gladiator trying to save his true love as the Roman city crumbles around him, open in theaters today. Or, if you'd rather get up and close and personal with the ruins of Pompeii, there are several Italian tour companies offering day trips to the city and the area around the volcano that buried it.
There's been a lot of buzz, from both kids and adults, about The Lego Movie which opens nationwide today.
Legoland is taking full advantage of the excitement surrounding the first-ever Lego-themed film by hosting The Lego Movie Weekend in Orlando on Feb. 8 and 9, 2014.
Here's a look at some of the activities planned for this weekend:
The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, tells the true story of an unlikely World War II platoon tasked with rescuing priceless artworks stolen by the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners.
Today, many of those pieces are on display around the world. Here is a look at a few of those masterpieces and where you can see them.
In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a young marine is offered an undercover job at a Wall Street firm where he uncovers a Russian plot to destroy the US economy. Jack is then dispatched to Moscow to confront the man behind the plan but, in reality, he spends most of the movie in the UK.
Even though both New York and Moscow play a large role in the movie, the crew spent only a few days filming in each city, with the rest of scenes were filmed in London for both logistical and financial reasons.
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We've come to that special time again when a new Hobbit movie is released and entire nation of New Zealand goes gaga for all things Gandolf and Bilbo. In the air, the giant Smaug took to the skies with Air New Zealand and now the folks at Wellington International Airport have, again, gotten into the fun.
In 2012, the airport installed a giant (not to mention so realistic it was creepy) Golum above its food court to share in the excitement of the newest movie. Now, airport visitors are greeted by two Great Eagles suspended from the ceiling and Gandolf perched on top of one of the 2,000lb sculptures.
Last night's Golden Globes represented a wide range of movies, TV shows, and locations. Here are three tours that capture the essence of three of the night's big winners:
The Legend of Hercules follows the action-packed life of the mythical Greek hero, but it might provide some travel inspiration for theatergoers, too.
Even though the movie wasn't actually filmed in Greece (most of the location shoots actually took place in Bulgaria), The Legend of Hercules does trace his journey to sites across the ancient Greek countryside that are still popular with travelers today.
There are plenty of movie-themed tours in New York, Los Angeles, and London, but if you prefer a little more adventure with your cinematic escapes, head to Moab.
The Greatest Story Ever Told, Thelma & Louise, Con-Air, Austin Powers 3, and 127 Hours are just a few of the famous movies filmed in the Moab area.
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The Sundance Institute will once again screen nine films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in nine independent theaters across the country on January 30 as part of the Sundance Film Festival USA program.
Audiences at each location will also hear from the filmmakers during a pre-screening introduction and post-screening Q&A.
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It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
Director Alexander Payne has a way of capturing a place on film that makes viewers obsess over it, and his latest project - Nebraska - is no exception.
In 2004 Payne directed one of the all-time great travel movies, Sideways, in the Santa Barbara wine country. That one movie spawned dozens of wine tours and filming location maps that tourists still reference today. And we won't be surprised if a few Nebraska movie tours start popping up soon, too.