Following in the Footsteps of Famous Fictional Adventurers

Real life has quite a few adventurers, including Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft, Jurassic Park’s Dr. Alan Grant, and The Mummy’s Rick O’Connell. These fictional characters have taken film fans on many great adventures, and have along the way explored some very interesting destinations. Curiously, most of these destinations are real-life marvels, which means you can check them out for yourselves.

So, should you one day decide to follow in the footsteps of some of the most famous fictional adventurers ever, you might want to start by visiting the following places:

Isla Nublar

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n this 1993 Steven Spielberg film, Jurassic Park is located on the fictional Costa Rican island Isla Nublar. The island boasts steep valleys, lush vegetation, and rugged terrains, which make it an ideal destination for any adventurer. Now, if you want to explore Isla Nublar, book a trip not to Costa Rica; instead, punch a ticket to Hawaii, where the real-life Isla Nublar is located. The fictional island where Jurassic Park stood is actually the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Movie-Locations recounts that the first views of Isla Nublar from the helicopter are the green slopes of the Na Pali Coast, whose steep valleys are inaccessible via vehicle. However, the views are accessible by an 11-mile trail from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Valley, which will give any adventure-seeker a challenge worthy of Jurassic Park. The terrain is difficult, but the views at the top of Na Pali’s foreboding cliffs make the trek worth it.


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Angkor Wat

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In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, the titular character’s (Angelina Jolie) action-packed adventures take her to many places. The most notable of which is arguably Ta Prohm in Cambodia. Located in the vast Angkor complex, Ta Prohm fully emerged from the shadows of the iconic Angkor Wat in 2001, after Croft explored the temple beneath a tree. This tree, fittingly, is now sometimes referred to as the “Tomb Raider Tree.” Croft fans themselves can explore Ta Prohm with just one temple pass for the entire Angkor Archaeological Park. The actual Tomb Raider Tree can be found at the central sanctuary, with its roots seemingly strangling yet supporting the ruins below.


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Sahara Desert

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Rick O’Connell’s adventure brings him and his pals to parts of the Sahara Desert, which is a destination that is at the top of most adventurers’ bucket list. And true-blue adventurers can attest that there are plenty of things to do — because you won’t be slaying mummies — in the Sahara. Trekking is a popular option, along with long camels rides. To truly embrace your Rick O’Connell, camp under the stars.


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Be Inspired

Adventure has always been part of the media, whether it is adventures in fictional places, or real world locations that fans can visit themselves. The adventure genre presented in fiction has led to an entire tourist industry of companies helping visitors follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters. Travel+Leisure listed 40 trips based on films that demonstrate the public demand for such holidays. Much of this interest is generated by how widely available people can now access their favourite genres and characters, whether it be on the silver screen, the big screen, or a mobile screen. Many of the mobile-friendly games on Slingo Slots are inspired by famous fictional adventures, including Jurassic Park and Tomb Raider. Each of the games appeal not only to the fan’s love of the story, but of their sense of adventure, which translates to a increased interest in travel. And they are continuing to inspire new generations of real-life adventurers to visit locations like Isla Nublar (Kauai) and Ta Prohm.

So, how about you? Are you inspired to go on an adventure?

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