At Parkdean Resorts, we knowthat there's no better way to enjoy some much-needed family time than curling up in front of the TV with agreat film or show (as well as visiting one of our action-packed holiday parks, of course).
But how realistic are theextravagant adventures your favourite characters embark on? Would you be able to do the same amazingactivities IRL as film and TV icons? Could your wallet stretch far enough to afford the same VIP trips asthese fictional legends?
We've done the maths for you,and figured out just how much it would cost you to recreate your favourite characters' biggest adventures- it's the wanderlust guide you never knew you needed.
ITV hitBenidorm burst onto our screens in 2007 and had viewers in tears of laughter for 10seasons. As well as showing viewers some of the best of British comedy, it showcased thepopular Spanish seaside resort ofBenidorm.
Set in the SolPelicanos Ocas hotel, the real-life cost for flights from London and a 7-night stay totalsat £846.
Sol Pelicanos Ocas
In Mamma Mia!Here We Go Again we get to soak up the beauty of the island of Vis, off Croatia'sDalmatian coast. As well as splendid crystal blue waters and powdery white sand, we also getto see Paris, with the story following a young Donna navigating life.
The actual costof the flights and 7-night stay in Paris’ Boutique Hotel would cost Donna £902.
Full of mayhem andmishaps, the legendary Fawlty Towers doesn’t come straight to mind when dreaming ofthe rest and relaxation of a UK staycation. Butdespite the hotel’s reputation, you can’t deny the appeal of the sandy beaches of Torquay, where ourfictional hotel is located.
The cost ofhiring out the Gleneagles Hotel, which was transformed into the set of the BBC hit comes toan eyewatering £10,139 for a 7-night stay.
Thecritically-acclaimed Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a feast for the eyes,transporting us to the wonders of Jaipur, India.
Though the hotelgoes by a different name in real life, fans of the film will be pleased to know that you canactually visit and stay there. The total cost for a 7-night stay in the Ravla Khempur hoteland flights comes to £1,776.
Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason sees Bridget broadening her horizons, leaving behind London toexplore Thailand and the Austrian Alps. She even tries her hand at skiing in one of thefilm's funniest and most iconic scenes. But how much would her trip cost in real life?
We worked outthat the total cost for flights and a 7-night stay in the snow-covered wonderland of Lech,Austria would cost Bridget £1,433.40.
The 2020adaption of Roal Dahl’s classic children’s book The Witches takes place in Newquay, one ofthe UK’s favourite seaside towns. Though tasked with saving the world from witches, our heroCharlie sadly doesn’t get to see much of Newquay’s golden sands and lush green cliffs.Luckily there are no flights involved for this seaside staycation, but we discovered thatthe total cost for a 7-night stay in the hotel featured in the film is £2,252.92. Betterstart saving your pocket money, Charlie!
The Headland Hotel
Full of character andcharm, the Carry On films are a cherished part of British comedy and TV history.Carry On Abroad sees the cast venture to Madrid - a far cry from the usual setting ofLondon!
In total, eachperson would have spent £1,064 for flights and a 7-night stay in a local hotel.
The Only Foolsand Horses ‘The Jolly Boys' Outing’ Christmas special saw Rodney and Del Boy head toMargate for more hilarious antics. With golden sands, a theme park and traditional arcades,it’s no surprise the duo chose the seaside resort for their festive staycation.
In total, trainsfrom Kings Cross to Margate station and a 7-night hotel stay would cost £1,241.59.
After a drama-filledwedding, newlyweds Gavin and Stacey enjoy a blissful honeymoon in Corfu. Uponreturning home to Essex,they’re full of stories of the Greek island, its sprawling mountains and turquoise-bluewaters.
We calculatedthe cost of recreating the trip would come to £1,104.92 in total for a 7-night stay andreturn flights from Cardiff, Wales - the closest airportto Stacey’s beloved hometown of Barry Island.
Fans rejoiced whenthey heard that cult classic Absolutely Fabulous would be returning to screens. Thefilm saw Edina and Patsy escape to France and was full of laugh-out-loud scenes, iconicone-liners and of course, plenty of champagne…
The total billfor Edina and Patsy’s trip would be £3,915.
Disney’s hit LizzieMcGuire Movie was full of cultural references to the beauty of Italy. With scenes filmed atthe Tivoli Gardens and of course the world-famous Colosseum, the 2003 chick-flick wasincredibly pleasing to the eye.
We discoveredthat the trip was also pleasing to the pockets. The total cost for a 7-night stay in Romeand flights from Lizzie’s hometown in LA was £1249.60.
The festive rom-comThe Holiday is set in both the sunshine capital of California and the quaint Englishcountryside. Fresh from heartache and looking to inject some excitement into their lives,Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz’s characters switch homes for the Christmas holidays.
There, they bothget swept off their feet. But it seems that you can put a price on love. To replicate one ofthe trips, you could expect to pay £2,095 in total. This is the cost of flights and theaverage cost of a 7-night stay in the Surrey countryside.
The Christmas classicHome Alone 2 features young Kevin exploring the wonders of New York in winter.Visiting Central Park and Times Square, he fits in plenty of free experiences (includingplenty of mischief). With round flights from his home in Chicago costing £128, the tripwould’ve been great value for money if it wasn’t for Kevin’s luxurious accommodation…
The total costfor the flights and a 7-night stay at the luxury 5-star Plaza Hotel would’ve been aneye-watering £7,421!
The Plaza New York
The 1992 rom-comHoneymoon in Vegas captured the buzz and bright lights of the Las Vegas strip.
We also got tosee the stunning island of Hawaii, with hidden waterfalls and crystal clear waters. Based onflights and the average cost of a 7-night stay in a Hawaiian hotel, replicating this tripwould cost £2348.93.
Based on thebest-selling book series, in Crazy Rich Asians we saw lovebirds, Rachel and Nick,in a range of stunning Singaporean settings - from the Newton Food Center, to theworld-famous Gardens by the Bay.
As one of themost expensive places to live on earth, it’s no surprise that the trip was costly. In total,flights from their home in New York and a 7-night stay in the luxurious Marina Sands Bayhotel will have set them back £3,114.
Marina Bay Sands
Costing a staggering£59,023 for flights and 7-night accommodation for the fictional Mossbacher family, the WhiteLotus trip is the most expensive in our study. Though it sounds pricey for a fictionalresort, the show was filmed in the Four Seasons Resort Maui, a 5-star island sanctuary.
Did you know wehave beaches similar to Hawaii on our doorstep? Our SandTone Siblings study discovered that Tunnel Beach in Hawaii has almost the exact sameshade of sand as Cornwall beach,Watergate Bay. Get the same look for *a lot* less!
Four Seasons Hotel Maui
Set in thebright lights of Las Vegas, the plot of Ocean’s Eleven sees George Clooney, Brad Pitt, MattDamon and others conspire to rob various Vegas casinos. But the initial trip itself waspretty pricey, setting the group back £2365 per person for flights and a 7-night stay in TheBellagio hotel in Nevada. Known for its famous dancing fountains, the decadent 5-star hotelis in the heart of the Las Vegas strip and is one of its most well-known locations.
The Bellagio, Nevada, USA
Who could forget whenthe Friends came to London? ‘The One With Ross’s Wedding’ episode saw the gang exploringLondon landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Unsurprisingly,it wasn’t the cheapest of trips. We discovered that each friend forked out around £2,813 forflights from New York and a 7-night stay in the Marriot Hotel. But hey, at least they werefinally ‘on a break’!
London Marriott Hotel
2009’s TheHangover became an instant hit, telling the tale of three friends and the wildestbachelor party hangover they’ve ever had. Set in the stunning backdrop of Las Vegas, we seethe trio staying at the iconic casino hotel, Caesars Palace.
A 7-night stayin the Roman-themed hotel along with flights from LA would have cost Phil, Doug and Alan£2,035.52 each if they were all staying in separate rooms.
Who could forget thefun of Lindsay Lohan’s 1998 classic The Parent Trap? The film saw Lohan playidentical twins Annie and Hallie who plot to reunite their parents. Full of traveldestinations, we see Annie/Hallie exploring the city of London and the vast vineyards ofNapa Valley.
But the realstory starts at Camp Walden, where the two twins meet for the first time. Filmed in CampSeely in California it would have cost an eye-watering £9,170.22 to hire the entire camp. Intotal, the twins’ trip will have set them back £9,668.22 - but who can put a price on afamily reunion?
In order to discover how muchsome of the most iconic on screen vacations would cost we gathered data from multiple sources to estimatecosts of travel and hotels. We analysed data from Google Flights (based on travelling between May 1st-May8th 2022) and hotel prices in films where hotels were named. If the film or TV show did not include afeatured hotel, we analysed the average cost for a hotel for 7 nights in the same location.
Three of our parks (Newquay,Southview and Naze Marine) have this year received a brand new host of accommodation and activities,alongside further upgrades on our family favourite park, Trecco Bay!