->''"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."''
-->-- '''Mark Carwardine''', co-writer of Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Last Chance To See''

Something's a hit, the production gets either more freedom or [[MoneyDearBoy 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, Creator/BruceCampbell signing up for ''Film/{{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 VacationEpisode, AwesomeDearBoy.

Please note cases where actors have openly stated it, and cases that are based on speculation.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* An InUniverse example in ''Anime/MegaManNtWarrior'': During a world tour arc, Miyu and Sal are back at home talking with their boss Masa on the phone, trying to convince him that he could use their help on his current mission... in an expy of Hawaii. While they're talking on the speakerphone, they're also packing beach gear.

[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/OceansTwelve'': Everyone involved has admitted they just wanted to get paid to party at Creator/GeorgeClooney's villa. Creator/BradPitt said he thought it was funny that Creator/CatherineZetaJones "[[TookTheBadFilmSeriously thought we were making a movie]]."
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace: TheMovie'': Not admitted, but c'mon, they have a bigger budget, and suddenly decide to head on vacation.
* Arguably, the Creator/DisneyChannel movie ''Jumping Ship'' qualifies. What other reason could there be for the sequel to a modern-day western to be about people getting shipwrecked?
* A lot of Creator/MaryKateAndAshleyOlsen's later films are probably this as they are all generic teen films that involve the twins going to a foreign country.
* ''[[Series/LizzieMcGuire The Lizzie McGuire Movie]]'' took off for Rome. (Creator/{{Disney}} seems to do this a lot.)
* In the commentary track for ''Film/DeepBlueSea'', both director Creator/RennyHarlin and Creator/SamuelLJackson admit that the only reason Jackson agreed to be in the movie was that he got to golf between his takes.
* In Music/TheBeatles movie ''Film/{{Help}},'' the lads felt like hanging out on the beach and going skiing, so these were written into the script.
* Creator/RayHarryhausen set the film ''Film/TwentyMillionMilesToEarth'' in Rome for this very reason.
* Creator/MichaelCaine admits he did ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' 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 ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters''.
* One could speculate that this was a reason to film ''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 Creator/PeterOToole agreed to do ''Film/ClubParadise''.
** Heck, the entire movie for everyone in it, and that includes its star, Creator/RobinWilliams.
* A large number of Creator/AdamSandler's films, particularly ''Film/JustGoWithIt'' and ''Film/JackAndJill'' 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 WebVideo/RedLetterMedia have speculated that the vacations were also a chance for extra advertising revenue.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' 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)--and of course, let's not forget that the [[Creator/PeterJackson director]] was a Kiwi--but many of the cast members have talked about how much fun they had filming there. (Including an invocation of EverythingsBetterWithPenguins.)
* After many years just in his beloved [[BigApplesauce New York City]], come the 21st century Creator/WoodyAllen started to make a lot of movies in Europe. London earned four, and then there's [[Film/VickyCristinaBarcelona Spain]], [[Film/MidnightInParis France]], and [[Film/ToRomeWithLove Italy]].
* In a case "vacation" means "working near my summer home", ''Film/AGoodYear'' was born out of Creator/RidleyScott's desire of a movie set near his house in Provence.
* Inverted for ''Film/NightOfTheLepus'', where Creator/JanetLeigh took the role because it was near her home and meant less time away from her family.
* The only reason Creator/ChristopherPlummer took a role in the Italian low-budget B-movie ''Film/{{Starcrash}}''? He really, ''really'' liked going to Rome. Really.
-->''"Give me Rome any day. I'll do porno in Rome, as long as I can get to Rome. Getting to Rome was the greatest thing that happened in that for me. I think it was only about three days in Rome on that one. It was all shot at once."''
* Creator/AvaGardner starred in ''Film/{{Mogambo}}'' for three reasons - Creator/ClarkGable, Creator/JohnFord and a free trip to Africa.
* Creator/OliverReed's main motivation for taking the part of Proximo in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' was because he fancied a "free trip to London to see a couple of shows". He ended up [[OffTheWagon getting talked into a drinking contest]] and then [[ActorExistenceFailure died of a heart attack before shooting was complete]].
* Creator/BruceCampbell was out of running for the lead in ''Film/{{Congo}}'', but he was instead offered what he called the "the small, dead-in-five-minutes" role of the main character's doomed fiance. He happily took the role anyway because it meant a few days of work on set amid several weeks of awesome tropical vacation on the studio's nickel.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Episodes of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' were filmed on location in London, in Mexico and on a cruise ship.
* Many of the guest stars did ''Series/TheLoveBoat'' was so they could go on the cruise that was inevitably taken for location shots.
* In one episode of ''Series/TopGear'', 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 Australia, 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, Film/TheThreeStooges filmed a pilot called ''Kooks' Tour''. It was essentially a TravelogueShow, narrated by Moe, and intercut with skits of the Stooges' antics in that episode's setting. It was shelved prematurely [[RealLifeWritesThePlot due to Larry's declining health]].
* By his own admission, ''Series/DoctorWho'' producer Creator/JohnNathanTurner 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 "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]" in Paris so long as they rejigged the script for a modern-day setting. Creator/DouglasAdams did this in the space of a weekend despite his famous RidiculousProcrastinator personality, knowing that to do so meant he could go to Paris and get apocalyptically drunk. "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire Planet of Fire]]" was a crew holiday in Lanzarote, and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors The Two Doctors]]" had to switch from New Orleans to Seville when funding for the former fell through.
** According to various cast and crew members the only reason Anton Diffring accepted his role in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E3SilverNemesis Silver Nemesis]]" is so he could watch Wimbledon.
* Inverted by ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', where the Rangers went on vacation in Australia because (in RealLife) the production went there to film ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie''.
** This is how producers enticed a handful of series alums, including Mighty Morphin's Creator/JasonDavidFrank, to come to New Zealand to film brief cameos in the ''Series/PowerRangersSuperMegaforce'' 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, Creator/JohnnyYongBosch spent a month in New Zealand on Disney's dime waiting to do ADR for his two-episode appearance in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive''.
* Germany's popular cruise ship soap opera "Das Traumschiff" is filmed aboard an actual cruise ship (e.g., from 1999-2015, this was MS ''Deutschland'', but as that ship was aging it was replaced by MS ''Amadea'' in 2015). According to Harald Schmidt (who did a nine-episode stint in 2008), 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 ''Series/GilligansIsland'', didn't think the show would take off, but it was filmed on location in Hawaii, so she considered it a working vacation.
* The show ''Series/DeathInParadise'' is like this due to its setting. Many actors have made appearances merely because it gives them a chance to visit the Caribbean (series 3 guest star Tristan Gemmill described it as "winning the lottery for actors"). Joe Absolom said that he actually ended up going broke while shooting an episode because he brought along his family to enjoy a tropical getaway. He says he doesn't mind because he had a great time. Though averted by Ben Miller who (despite enjoying working on the show) suffered because his character Richard Poole wore wool suits despite the heat and humidity. He departed the show because he wanted to be with his family but his wife couldn't stand the tropical climate.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Parodied by Music/TheLonelyIsland 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.
* Music/PaulMcCartney intended this when he decided to record the Music/{{Wings}} album ''Music/BandOnTheRun'' at a studio in Lagos, Nigeria. This backfired ''spectacularly'': upon their arrival they discovered the studio was decrepit, with some pieces of equipment not functional. If that wasn't enough, one night Paul and wife Linda got robbed at knifepoint of all their vaulables - including some songbooks and demo tapes - and Paul fainted during one recording session due to heat stroke. All of this took place amid general nationwide political tension in the country.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Kitty in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' signed up for the titular race with her sister because she wanted to travel around the world (and take lots of selfies while doing so).
* Peggy in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' repeatedly tries to wrangle free trips out of the town newspaper editor by coming up with human-interest pieces on various vacation hotspots. She finally succeeds at this when she offers to write a story on Cotton agreeing to go to Japan to apologize to a war widow.


[[folder: Other ]]

* As seen in the page quote, Creator/DouglasAdams' ''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 official 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.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' has evoked this trope to take a couple of shots at movies [[RuleOfFunny for laughs]] with no actual care for whether or not it's actually true. He claims that the opening of ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' was done merely because the stars wanted to go skydiving on the film's dime and it explains why [[SpecialEffectsFailure they couldn't afford better special effects]], and remarks that the ending of ''Film/DunstonChecksIn'' only takes place in Bali because "[he thinks] the crew ''really'' wanted to vacation in Bali!" He also referenced this for ''Film/{{North}}'', wondering if the director was just simply yelling "cut" and "action" while lying down in a hammock during a part in the film that takes place in AlohaHawaii.