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15 Shows That Give You Major Wanderlust

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During my trip to Mexico last year, a waiter at a Spanish restaurant started questioning me about my hometown of Chicago. From there, he began asking if I’d ever been to New York or Las Vegas and wanted to know what these cities were like because he’d “only seen them on TV.”
 
His statement struck me because, in an age where wanderlust is so real, it didn’t occur to me that some people never had the opportunity to venture outside of their hometowns. Some people weren’t as fortunate as I was to whip out a passport and go anywhere; some only saw the rest of the world through television shows.
 
In fact, I’ve traveled to many cities — DC, New Orleans, LA, to name a few — simply because I’d fallen in love with how they were portrayed on my favorite show. I loved feeling like I was on set with my favorite characters or experiencing a taste of their lifestyle. 
 
In the wake of coronavirus when traveling has become limited and almost impossible with many border closures, this list of show locations that have inspired me to travel hits a bit differently. It’s almost like a “bucket list” of places I’d love to check out once the pandemic is finally over and we can return to our normal lives.
 
Some locations and popular and immediately recognizable, so much so that they even have dedicated tours of their picturesque filming locations. Others fly a little more under the radar, but are so beautiful, you don’t even need the magic of films and television to fall in love!
 
Did you ever travel anywhere after finding inspiration from a TV show? Let us know in the comments!  

 

1. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

If you want to live like a Westerosi — without the gory battles, of course — listen up. Game of Thrones uses some of the most beautiful places in the world as their backdrop. The medieval look is very much alive in Europe.

Sure, many scenes are shot inside, but those exterior shots are 100% real and can be found in places like Northern Ireland (Pyke), Iceland, Croatia and Malta (King’s Landing, Dorne, or Slaver’s Bay). Since so many fans travel to these locations for this very reason, you can easily find a map and plan out a whole “GOT-inspired” trip and possibly even recreate your favorite scenes.

 

2. Sex and the City

Sex and the City
New York City is synonymous with Sex and the City, but so many other shows use the city’s bustling and lavish personality. Gossip Girl, Will & Grace, The Bold Type, and Broad City have all given us an idea of what the Big Apple, and surrounding neighborhoods like the Bronx and Brooklyn, are all about. Fans are so inspired, they often make pit stops in front of Carrie Bradshaw’s house and take fashionable photos on the Met Gala steps just like Blair Waldorf.
 
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3. Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies
You’ve probably never even heard of Monterey, but after watching Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley sip on coffee at Old Fisherman’s Wharf (in reality, it is an Italian and Seafood restaurant called Paluca Trattoria) and run at Lovers Point Beach, it’s most likely on your list of “places to visit.” In fact, you were probably already convinced by the scenery from the Bixby Creek Bridge in the opening credits.

4. Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey
The period drama revolves around staff at Downtown Abbey in 20th century England. Though you can’t travel back in time, you can visit the UK to check out the family’s Georgian Country House and the lush grounds and gardens. Grab some crumpets and tea while you are there, and maybe even bring a fancy umbrella to shield you from the scorching sun!
 
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5. Portlandia

Portlandia
If you are after a quirky and cool city, look no further than Portlandia. The series highlights and then underlines the eccentricity of the city by focusing on the charming intricacies like bookstores, concert venues, and chic eateries. I bet you can get some delicious hipster coffee and take some wicked Instagram photos during your trip, so add don’t exclude this one from your bucket list.

6. Outlander

Outlander
Though you can’t travel to 18th century Scotland, you can still travel present-day Scotland, which is just as picturesque thanks to all of the historical buildings. Add 14-century Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), 15th-century Blackness Castle (Fort William), and Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison) to your itinerary, and you’ll feel like you’re a main character in the supernatural historical romance.
 
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7. The Originals

The Originals

The Original vampires call New Orleans home and utilize every corner of the ancient city. The backdrop plays an important role in supernatural terms, but it’s also visually stunning. I traveled to NOLA because I fell in love with it as it was portrayed on the series, and as I was walking through the French Quarter, I felt the spirit of the ancestors taking hold and vampires breathing down my neck. True story.

Sadly, it wasn’t a pristinely dressed Mikealson. To really get the full experience, stay at The Hotel Royal (Marcel’s place of residence), stop by St. Louis Cathedral (known as St. Anne’s on the series), visit Lafayette Cemetary, and hit up a voodoo shop with hopes of casually running into Freya.

 

8. Hawaii Five-0

Hawaii Five-0
If you have to fight crime, why not do it on the sunny beaches of Hawaii? Let’s just hope your vacation is more relaxing than what you often see on the show. If you’re a super fan, there’s actually a guided tour that leads you to iconic attractions from the series like the Hawaii Five-O headquarters and Punchbowl. They even recreate some memorable scenes!
 

9. The Affair

The Affair

Montauk is labeled as the Hamptons without the crowd which makes it the perfect place for an affair. The scenery in this show is so vivid, you can almost taste the water and you’ve probably found yourself looking at hotels on multiple occasions.

It’s a good thing it’s also a fantastic beach getaway with plenty of water activities, boutique shops and restaurants. Affair fans can specifically check out Turtle Cove, The Montauk Playhouse Community Center and the Viking Dock.

10. The Chicago Trilogy

The Chicago Triology
Dick Wolf brought a whole series of Chicago shows to NBC, and if that isn’t enough to make you want to travel to the Windy City, I don’t know what is. You have to look past all the crime highlighted in the episodes to find the real beauty in the bustling city lined with skyscrapers! If you ever roll through, you can check out Cinespace which is the lot where all the shows, including Empire, are filmed. Also add Grant Park, Navy Pier, Molly’s Bar (Lottie’s Pub in real life), and PD’s District 21 (UIC Police Headquarters).
 
 

11. Scandal

Scandal
If you are a fan of Scandal, you’ve probably wanted to power strut all over DC in a peacoat and Louboutins like power player Olivia Pope. Yes, I know most of it is filmed in LA, but I’ll shamelessly admit that the ABC show inspired me to take a weekend getaway to DC. And in the midst of emulating Liv’s power prance all over town, I actually fell in love with the city and all of its political history.

12. Timeless

Timeless
Sadly, you cannot actually travel back in time, but this series really makes you want to build your own time machine and see history unravel before your eyes. Just remember, you can always travel to all of the destinations the Lifeboat takes them to, just in the present day. Don’t forget to check out some of the historical monuments and sights that have been preserved throughout time!
 

See the full list at TV Fanatic! 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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What to Watch This Week: ‘Promised Land’ Premieres, A Trip to ‘The Gilded Age’ and More

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New week, new TV shows to add to your rotation of must-watch programming.

Hey, you don’t want to be the only one left out of the Slack “water cooler” talk, do you?

 

Monday, January 24

Promised Land – ABC

“Two Latinx families vie for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley.”
 

The Gilded Age – HBO

“The Gilded Age begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old-money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?”

 

Tuesday, January 25

Neymar: The Perfect Chaos – NEtflix

“Beloved worldwide but also a lightening rod for criticism, Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos shares the highs and lows of his chaotic personal life and successful football career.”

 

Thursday, January 27 

grown-ish – Season 4B premiere – Freeform

The sitcom of Black-ish following Zoey as she goes to college and begins her adventure into adulthood premieres for the second half of its fourth season.

 

Friday, January 28

The Woman In the House Across the Street From the Girl In the Window  – Netflix

“Watching the world go by from her living room window, heartbroken Anna sets her sights on a handsome new neighbor until she witnesses a gruesome murder.”

Nancy Drew – The CW

With one of her loved ones lives hanging in the balance, Nancy Drew and team must prove they can stop Temperance Hudson from destroying Horseshoe Bay in the season 3 finale.


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What to Watch This Week: Betty White Tribute Marathon, ‘How I Met Your Father’ Premiere, ‘Ozark’ Final Season and More

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What to Watch the week of January 16, 2022 on TV and Streaming

New shows, returning shows, season finales? Check, check, check. 

There’s literally something for everyone this week — from those looking to start a brand-new show to those waiting for new episodes of their favorites to drop!

Here’s what you want to watch the week of January 16 through January 23 across streaming and broadcast television!

 

4400 – The CW

January 17 

The sci-fi series returns with new episodes. After Mildred’s violent outburst, the government and the returned look for ways to move forward. 

 

Honoring Betty White – Hallmark

January 17

In honor of what would have been the late Betty White’s 100th birthday, the network will begin a Golden Girls marathon kicking off at midnight. It will lead up to a presentation of The Lost Valentine featuring White and Jennifer Love Hewitt. 

 

How I Met Your Father – Hulu

January 18

If you loved How I Met Your Mother, you’re going to want to tune into the Hilary Duff-led spinoff. The first two episodes of the sitcom will drop at 3 a.m. ET on Hulu. New episodes will premiere weekly.

 

Too Hot to Handle – Netflix

January 19

Ridiculously good looking people, a tropical paradise, and a no-kiss clause. Can they handle the heat? All season 3 episodes will be available on the streaming giant at 3 a.m. ET!

 

Single Drunk Female – Freeform

January 20

A public embarrassment forces a 20-something alcoholic to move back home and in with her overbearing mom. Can she deal with the past to move forward?

 

Ozark – Netflix

January 21

After an extended hiatus, the Byrde’s are back with the first-half of the fourth and final season consisting of 7 episodes. As the stakes intensify, can they finally free themselves from a life of crime?


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Where to Watch Bob Saget’s Comedy Specials and Hit TV Shows

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Where to Watch Bob Saget's Comedy Specials and Hit TV Shows

The nation is mourning the death of Bob Saget, who passed away suddenly at the age of 65.

Pluto TV is honoring the unforgettable comedian and actor who changed television forever with a programming block that includes some of his biggest comedy special. 

And you can watch them for free!

Starting today (1/10) at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT today, Pluto TV will play back-to-back programming featuring Saget, which includes:

  • Bob Saget: That’s What I’m Talking About
  • Bob Saget: Zero to Sixty
  • The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget
  • The Aristocrats

The specials will also air again tomorrow beginning at 7pm ET/4pm PT, also on the Stand-Up TV channel.

You can also tap into some of Saget’s biggest TV shows!

The beloved family sitcom, Full House, that made Saget a household name as America’s TV dad, Danny Tanner, can be streamed at HBO Max, the reboot Fuller House is available on Netflix, the seasons he hosted of America’s Funniest Home Video can be streamed on Amazon, How I Met Your Mother which Saget narrated can be streamed on Hulu, while Entourage is available on HBO Max.

 


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