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The Destinations in ‘MOVE’

Fancy taking a walk? How about taking a walk through 10 countries in 44 days, covering 38,000 miles and soaring through the skies on no less than 18 flights. Throw in some manly arms, and some trendy sunglasses. Split it all up into 200 frames, lob on some catchy music and splice into one neat 60 second clip. You’re on the MOVE.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’ve managed to escape the brilliant piece of travel movie making that’s got everyone talking. Whether you’ve seen it or not, take a minute to watch our man, Andy, bring you up to speed.

Get a MOVE on, and get your #YearofTravel nailed!

MOVE pays homage to inspirational attributes of travel, the act of seizing the moment, by making 2012 your year of travel. We’re thrilled with the result, and we hope you like it, too.

Aside from the visual spectacle that is MOVE, let’s dig a little deeper into the creative and discover where exactly we sent Andy and his film crew, on their epic journey. Let me know in the comments which frames stood out for you, or if you’re inspired to visit any of the destinations featured.

Which destinations are featured in ‘MOVE’?

If you guessed the location of the opening frame — where Andy appears through the ‘O’ in MOVE — then a crate full of kudos to you. It’s Peru. Quite where, exactly, has been lost in the mists of time. That’s the only frame of 200 that we’re blank on.

New Zealand makes a swift appearance in frame two (don’t worry, I’m not going over every single frame — I’ll give you a list!), where we see Andy stroll up the jetty in Glenorchy, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, 45 minutes north-west of Queenstown. A quick ramble in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then over to a field in the Champagne region of France. I’ll drink to that, Andy, nice choice.

Wondering what the towering rock is in the next frame? That’s Railay, in the Krabi province of Thailand. A stunning backdrop, whether or not you’re starring in a YouTube smash hit. The Inca Trail rolls through, as Andy makes his way to Machu Picchu. Then it’s back to Railay, and Champers, and straight into the fifth country on the list: Argentina. Skip a Champers frame, and you’re walking along the road in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Next up? Bangers! More commonly known as Bangkok, let us know if you can guess which temple it is.

The red, rocky landscape that takes up the next frame is the incredible Kings Canyon in Australia’s Red Centre, and we’re back to France next — no, not Champers — to Paris. You could be excused for not guessing that one. Back to BA, and back to Paris, to the Louvre and then over to Australia for a schlep up Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Brave, Andy, brave.

We’re only four seconds in. How do you follow that? Barcelonaaaaaaa, then Paris, and to the US of A for a swagger on Venice Beach. Back to Bangkok, down to Railay, and over to… Rome. Bet you didn’t see that one coming! That’s right, Italy makes up the ninth country, and is quickly followed by the graffiti stained walls of Melbourne’s Hosier Lane. A quick trip to Railay, BA, and back to Paris, before returning to Melbourne.

Is your head spinning yet? We figured Andy’s feet were hurting, but then, he’s only been walking for six seconds before he’s back in Peru; in Cuzco to be precise. Melbourne again, followed by Buenos Aires, over to Barcelonaaaaaaa and onto Venice (the real one, not the beach). Then a double-header in the Victorian capital, over to Catalonia, and onto our tenth unique destination, the UK — or to be precise, a non-descriptive pedestrian bridge above a car park.

By now — after 8 seconds of a 60 second clip — you should have a pretty good idea of how varied things can get, and the kind of process that’s involved in piecing together such a monumental piece of editing. I’ll save your sanity by skipping to my favourite destinations.

Skip forward 5 seconds, and you’ll find Andy in dressed as a Hobbit in Queenstown. Well, I say Hobbit. He could be a Kiwi version of Robin Hood. You decide. A couple of seconds later, we see Andy in the shade of Cuzco’s side streets.

After 28 seconds, Andy claps his hands in — you guessed it — Venice. The sequential series of tunnels around 34 seconds? That’s Rome, Rome, Rome, Rome, Rome, Rome, Rome and cut, to a corn field in Champagne. C’est beau.

After 39 seconds, Andy sprouts a hump and four hoofs. No, Andy is atop a camel and he is riding through — 10 bonus points if you get this before I tell you — Australia’s Northern Territory, in Uluru’s backyard. Four seconds later, he’s hurtling down the Shotover River on the Shotover Jet. Two seconds after that, he’s thrown himself out of a plane in New Zealand. Three seconds later? Bungeeeeeeeee!

How does a man like this come down from that? He hits up a party in Railay, takes his shirt off, daubs himself in orange and yellow paint and smiles like someone who’s necked a Sunny D.

Then there’s a few seconds of some seriously amazing Emirates fares, and our great offer of 15% off adventure tours.

And that’s a wrap, folks. You can view the complete list in the next blog post. Exits are to the left and right of the auditorium, we look forward to welcoming you back to the STA Travel Blog soon.


Which was your favourite scene in MOVE? Andy and the crew would love to hear your feedback. And remember, MOVE forms part of your Year of Travel, so get involved in the conversation, and inspire us with your ideas, you could even WIN an iPad 2!

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