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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Travel inspirations and travel trends: movies, museums and sports move us

Exotically located movies and major sporting events get us moving, according to the Association of British Travel Agents which has announced its predictions as to where we'll be inspired to travel in 2008. The organization claims the Cartagena-set 'Love in the Time of Cholera' "promises to put Colombia back on the map of must see destinations", while 'Australia', starring Nicole Kidman, will see everyone heading down under; the British Museum's Terracotta Warriors' exhibition will whet our appetites for China, and the long-awaited summer Olympics will have us packing our bags; the world's first Formula One night race will lead us all to Singapore while Valencia's new Formula One street course will get us going to Spain. They add that early bookings for Turkey, Egypt, Portugal, the US, and France, indicate these countries will all be hot destinations for 2008. "Travelling is always an inspiring way of spending our free time," says ABTA head Justin Fleming. But are movies, museum exhibitions and sporting events alone enough to inspire us to move? And if travel in itself is inspiring, what does it inspire us to do?

Today's image? A typical summer's day in Tiananem Square, something to look forward to at next year's Summer Olympics.


Jen Laceda | Milk Guides said...

I am so glad to find your blog. I enjoy reading it and I'm looking forward to your posts. Your life as a travel writer seems sooooo exciting. That is my absolutely crazy dream job...But I'm not a writer, so I will live vicariously through your pen...err..typepad.

Lara Dunston said...

I'm pleased you like the blog. I'm so sorry I haven't been blogging in a while. My day job as a travel writer has kept me very busy this last month. It's your dream job, hey? Now, you've inspired a post... I hope you keep reading!