A new form of travel known as “set jetting” is on the rise, thanks to the popularity of certain TV shows. Tour companies cashed in on this trend, offering fans the opportunity to visit the real-life settings of their favorite series.
Breaking Bad: New Mexico
Black Tomato, a company based in London, offers a seven-night tour of New Mexico that showcases some of the show’s infamous sets. Fans can visit some well-known locales in Albuquerque such as the restaurant known as Los Pollos Hermanos and Walter White’s house and condo. The trip includes a drive through the desert in a bonafide RV.
Game of Thrones: Croatia, Iceland and Ireland
Numerous tour companies created customized trips based on the epic HBO series Game of Thrones. Viator, an online travel company based in San Francisco, offers two-day trips based on the series, one in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the other in Dubrovik, Croatia. Highlights of the Belfast tour include the caves where Melisandre of Asshai gave birth to her shadow assassin; Dark Hedges where Arya Stark disguises herself as a boy to escape from King’s Landing; and Lordsport Harbour where Theon Greyjoy is forced to return to the Iron Islands. Dubrovnik, Croatia is the real-life location of King’s Landing and the backdrop of many battle scenes.
Black Tomato also offers a much pricier, nine-day tour that encompasses Croatia and Iceland. Travelers can sail like Khaleesi around the Elaphiti Islands with a private skipper. On the last night, they can dine outdoors in true Jon Snow-style, clad in furs and eating at a table carved from glacial ice.
Frasca Food & Wine isn’t your typical Italian restaurant. Crafted by master sommelier Bobby Stuckey and chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, the posh eatery features cuisine from a specific region of Italy. The menu is comprised of food primarily created in the sub-alpine Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Because of this, it stands out among a packed crowd in Boulder’s ever-expanding dining scene.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of beach season. Although the temperatures start to dip, there is still plenty of European coastline ripe for swimming and sunbathing well into September. Take advantage of cheaper, off-season airfare and jet to one of these European beaches before fall weather makes its way south.
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For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.