- by travelpulse
- 31 Mar 2023
I can say with a high degree of certainty that I wouldn't be writing articles like this one if it wasn't for television shows and movies about Europe.
Back in the mid-2000s, while I had a vague sense of wanting to see the world someday, I also had no plans in the works whatsoever.
Then I discovered a handful of travelogues, one iconic reality competition and a few movies based in Europe and things escalated rather quickly.
I still didn't own a passport, but I soon had a Tivo (remember those?) stacked with shows like Passport to Europe, The Amazing Race and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and movies like Love Actually & Ocean's 12.
In a matter of months, the wick of my wanderlust was lit and a decision had been made on where I needed to go first to dip my toe into this whole "traveling the world" thing: Europe.
The rest, as they say, is history.
And I'm not alone, not by a long shot. As many articles and academic studies on the matter have concluded, TV shows and movies are a massive driver of interest in European travel.
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