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Fans have been waiting for the highly anticipated fifth season of Game of Thrones, which starts this Sunday. The cast and production crew have traveled to several countries to film scenes for the popular HBO show, including Northern Ireland, Iceland, Italy and Morocco. But for the new season, it’s Seville, Spain; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Magheramorne, Northern Ireland, that will take center stage.
With all the buzz, we’d thought we’d take a look at the new season of Game of Thrones by the numbers to highlight the epic scale and resources it takes to produce this show, according to HBO.
- 5 countries
- 151 production sets
- 193 countries where the show is seen
- 240 days to film
- 166 cast members
- 1,000-plus crew members
- 5,000 extras
And make sure to check out our photo gallery of ‘Game of Thrones’ destinations to see the film locations from the show’s upcoming and previous seasons.
Courtesy of Hilton Worldwide | Megan dreams of lounging poolside like these bathing beauties, but is that in the cards for her as the series finale nears?
By now, Mad Men fans are painfully aware that the end is near — or, rather, that the AMC series’ final episodes will start to air Sunday. Never has life “up in the air” looked more glamorous — Don, in a pressed suit, was accustomed to complimentary cocktails, cigarette smoke and sexy seatmates aboard his frequent TWA flights.
In 7 seasons, the homes, the bars and the hotel rooms all oozed a midcentury style that we’ve resurrected in our own homes and hotel rooms. And when they traveled, boy, was it beautiful. Don and Betty’s Roman holiday, Megan and Don’s honeymoon in Honolulu, even Don’s sojourn to Palm Springs with some mysterious strangers — it’s hard to tell where we’ll end up in the second half of Season 7.
Whether you plan to settle in for Sunday’s premiere at home with a martini (or 3), or you would rather toast the end of an era as Don would have, with an Old Fashioned at a hotel bar (maybe the Waldorf Astoria in New York, where episodes of the show have been shot), there’s still time to Travel Like Mad Men to some of the show’s iconic filming locations.
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Before New York City got slammed with the wintry wrath of Juno, it hosted the travel world over the weekend for the annual New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. If you needed any inspiration to plan your next trip, this was the place to be, with over 500 exhibitors representing more than 100 countries.
The travel show kicked off Friday with a trade day for travel professionals and media. Doors opened to consumers Saturday and Sunday for 2 days of trip giveaways, travel seminars, cultural performances, book signings by celebrated travel writers, and global bites at the Taste of the World culinary pavilion.
Whether or not you know all the lyrics to Let It Go (you listen to the song only because of your kids … right) or it’s always been on your bucket list to sleep in an igloo, fans of the film phenomenon Frozen and winter-loving travelers alike are embracing arctic temperatures for an unforgettable night in their very own ice palace. From ice hotels in Norway to thermal glass igloos in Finland, Booking.com shared with us the most spectacular Frozen-inspired hotels around the world.
Channel your inner ice queen or mountain man, bundle up in some faux fur, and belt it out … “Let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway!”
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Reese Witherspoon stars in film adaption of Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’ memoir. Fox Searchlight
Don’t walk alone. It’s a familiar warning for all travelers heading into dangerous, crime-ravaged countries — and for female travelers when they go … well, anywhere after sundown. Cheryl Strayed makes a daring move by walking alone somewhere dark, terrifying and ultimately unknown: the wilderness.
From the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, all the way up to the Bridge of the Gods in Washington state — a full 1,100 miles — Strayed hikes solo in her best-selling, Oprah-approved memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. And now, only 2 years after the book was published and then translated into 30 different languages, her words come to life on the big screen in the highly anticipated film Wild. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon loved the story so much that she not only signed on to play Strayed, but she also is a co-producer after optioning the film even before the book’s release.
Hollywood stars aren’t the only ones attempting to re-create her journey; throngs of fans inspired by Strayed’s story are hitting the Pacific Crest Trail, one of the country’s longest and wildest thru-hikes, in record numbers. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is embracing the growing interest — about a 30% increase in the number of hikers this year alone — by sharing Strayed’s exact route and inspiring Wild stories.
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Whether you’re going home for the holidays to be surrounded by extended family (and, potentially, tiny childhood furniture), looking forward to a “friendsgiving” or using the valuable vacation days to escape from it all, WalletHub has calculated the best cities for winter holiday travel, at home and abroad. Using metrics such as average airfares, flight times and hotel costs, it determined the best destinations to celebrate the holidays without the hassle. Without further ado … READ MORE
Fall is officially here, and we couldn’t be happier to start enjoying a few of our favorite things: sweater weather, heart-thumping adventures and pumpkin-flavored food galore.
There’s no shortage of things to do in fall, but we whittled down our list to 6 of our favorite seasonal musts. There are only 90 days in fall, so get crackin’.
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On August 25, the National Park Service celebrated its Founders Day, marking the day in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which created the Park Service.
In this week’s throwback Thursday, President Theodore Roosevelt and famed naturalist John Muir — considered the “Father of the National Park Service” — are pictured riding horses in California’s Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome standing in the distance, in 1903. Without Muir’s influential writings on Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park — one of America’s first wilderness parks — may not exist today.
In honor of the Park Service, plan a family fun trip to explore the natural beauty and wildlife of one of the 401 national parks in the US — say, Yosemite. Known mainly for its waterfalls, Yosemite offers a plethora of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and fishing for park visitors to enjoy. Plan ahead and visit on one of the Free National Park Days throughout the year!
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Grab your grass skirts, leis and umbrella drinks, and get in the Aloha spirit for Hawaii’s 55th birthday! On Aug. 21, 1959, Hawaii officially became the 50th US state. And each year, on the third Friday of August, the Aloha State observes its Statehood Day.
Pictured above, a group of hula dancers perform during a luau in Honolulu — the capital of Hawaii — in the 1960s. An ancient Hawaiian tradition, hula dancing was used as a way to pass down history and myths from generation to generation. And today, luaus have become a popular way for tourists to experience Hawaiian culture and the tradition of hula.
Hang loose and travel to Hawaii’s island paradise! Book a stay at one of Hawaii’s top resorts, attend a luau on Oahu (or any island, really) and catch some waves on Waikiki Beach.
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Put on your blue suede shoes and celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll! This week, fans of all ages flocked to Memphis, TN, for the annual Elvis Week celebration. And this year, fans are also celebrating the 60th anniversary of rock ‘n’ roll! On July 5, 1954, Elvis recorded “That’s All Right” at Sun Studio in Memphis, which brought rock ‘n’ roll to life, and transformed the music industry forever.
In 1957, just 3 years after recording “That’s All Right,” Elvis is pictured above performing on an outdoor stage to the adulation of a large crowd.
Pay homage to the King, and travel to Memphis, where you can book a stay at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, tour Sun Studio and visit Elvis’ home and gravesite at Graceland — Memphis’ most popular tourist attraction, welcoming more than 600,000 visitors a year!
And don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays!
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