Vacation, Dear Boy
We put a big map of the world on a wall, Douglas stuck a pin in everywhere he fancied going, I stuck a pin in where all the endangered animals were, and we made a journey out of every place that had two pins.Something's a hit, the production gets either more freedom or more money, and they decide for the next entry to make up an excuse to go to a vacation spot. This is heavily subjective, but if an actor signs onto a production that was already being shot in a vacation spot, that's a different trope (so, Bruce Campbell signing up for Congo doesn't count, even though he admitted he did it just because they needed him for a few days, and the studio would pay for him to tour the rest of the time). Also see Vacation Episode, Awesome, Dear Boy. Please note cases where actors have openly stated it, and cases that are based on speculation.
— Mark Carwardine, co-writer of Douglas Adams' Last Chance To See
- Ocean's Twelve: Everyone involved has admitted they just wanted to get paid to party at George Clooney's villa. Brad Pitt said he thought it was funny that Catherine Zeta-Jones "thought we were making a movie."
- Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie: Not admitted, but c'mon, they have a bigger budget, and suddenly decide to head on vacation.
- Arguably, the Disney Channel movie Jumping Ship qualifies. What other reason could there be for the sequel to a modern-day western to be about people getting shipwrecked?
- The Lizzie McGuire Movie took off for Rome. (Disney seems to do this a lot.)
- In the Beatles movie Help!, the lads felt like hanging out on the beach and going skiing, so these were written into the script.
- Ray Harryhausen set the film 20 Million Miles to Earth in Rome for this very reason.
- Michael Caine admits he did Jaws: The Revenge because they were shooting it in the Caribbean. As it turns out, Caine couldn't leave the shoot to attend the Oscars, where he won Best Supporting Actor for Hannah and Her Sisters.
- One could speculate that this was a reason to film Jumper.
- What makes this even funnier is an interview with the cast and crew talking on and on about flying all over the world to do scenes that might be a minute long.
- Possibly the reason Peter O'Toole agreed to do Club Paradise.
- Heck, the entire movie for everyone in it, and that includes its star, Robin Williams.
- A large number of Adam Sandler's films, particularly Just Go With It and Jack and Jill are highly suspect to this, given the extravagant locations (Hawaii, a Royal Caribbean cruise) and the fact that the vacations themselves have little to do with the main plot and have flimsy explanations for their relevance. In fact, some such as Red Letter Media have speculated that the vacations were also a chance for extra advertising revenue.
- The Lord of the Rings was actually filmed in New Zealand because it was the location that the producers thought looked most appropriate for Middle-earth (i.e. not just because people wanted to take a vacation), but many of the cast members have talked about how much fun they had filming there. (Including an invocation of Everything's Better with Penguins.)
- After many years just in his beloved New York City, come the 21st century Woody Allen started to make a lot of movies in Europe. London earned four, and then there's Spain, France, and Italy.
- In a case "vacation" means "working near my summer home", A Good Year was born out of Ridley Scott's desire of a movie set near his house in Provence.
- Episodes of Columbo were filmed on location in London, in Mexico and on a cruise ship.
- Many of the guest stars did The Love Boat was so they could go on the cruise that was inevitably taken for location shots.
- In one episode of Top Gear, Clarkson is supposed to do a relatively cheap review of the BMW X6. Instead, he ends up flying to the Swiss Alps, Hong Kong, and Singapore, ostensibly to test various features. One imagines he did far more than the two minutes of filming that show up in the "review".
- In the early '70s, The Three Stooges filmed a pilot called Kooks' Tour. It was essentially a Travelogue Show, narrated by Moe, and intercut with skits of the Stooges' antics in that episode's setting. It was shelved prematurely due to Larry's declining health.
- By his own admission, Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner started setting stories in exotic locations purely because they had the budget to go there for location shoots. The first example, dating from his days as main production assistant rather than producer, was when he realised they had the budget to shoot "City of Death" in Paris so long as they rejigged the script for a modern-day setting. Douglas Adams did this in the space of a weekend despite his famous Ridiculous Procrastinator personality, knowing that to do so meant he could go to Paris and get apocalyptically drunk. "Planet of Fire" was a crew holiday in Lanzarote, and "The Two Doctors" had to switch from New Orleans to Seville when funding for the former fell through.
- Inverted by Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, where the Rangers went on vacation in Australia because (in Real Life) the production went there to film Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie.
- This is how producers enticed a handful of series alums, including Mighty Morphin's Jason David Frank, to come to New Zealand to film brief cameos in the Power Rangers Super Megaforce finale. The production flew them all first class to Auckland, New Zealand for a few days.
- While it's not been offered as a reason he picked up the phone, Johnny Yong Bosch spent a month in New Zealand on Disney's dime waiting to do ADR for his two-episode appearance in Power Rangers Operation Overdrive.
- Germany's popular cruise ship soap opera "Das Traumschiff" is filmed aboard the MS Deutschland. According to Harald Schmidt, cruising the Caribbean while shooting a few hours a day is everyone's main motivation to sign up for the show.
- Natalie Scaheffer, who played Lovey Howell on Gilligan's Island, didn't think the show would take off, but it was filmed on location in Hawaii, so she considered it a working vacation.
- Parodied by Lonely Island in their song "Japan", clearly written as a list of expensive places and activities they want to do while in the titular country, so if their label wanted to make a video for the song, it would have to send them there.
- As seen in the page quote, Douglas Adams' Last Chance To See, a radio broadcast and book about endangered wildlife. At one point Adams describes the Chinese authorities apparently seeing their visit as an offical conservation event, with the result that he "tried desperately to think of some way of looking intelligent and not letting on that I was merely a science fiction comedy novelist on holiday."
- There's a car ad where an exec proposes having a car commercial take place in various vacation spots such as Maui. Everyone else on the board quickly realizes that this is what he's trying for.