As a spy, James Bond is used to travelling all over the world for his job, from Russia to the Bahamas, to the United States, to Japan — and many, many more places. But more often than not, Bond ends up in a tropical paradise where he always manages to have a good time, whether he’s lounging on the beach or playing a card game at a casino. If you’re looking to bring a little of Bond’s travel style into your life, look no further. Below are several Bond-approved travel destinations you should consider for your next vacation.
If you need a refresher, this is where Bond travelled to in Thunderball to stop the latest SPECTRE threat (detonating atomic bombs). But on its own, Nassau is a very Bond-worthy destination thanks to its abundance of beautiful beaches, water activities, nightlife, and casinos. During the day, do one of Bond’s favourite water activities such as diving, snorkelling, or scuba diving. Then at night, head to one of the area’s many casinos like the Atlantis Casino on Paradise Island.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Bordering France on the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco is known as a destination for the rich and famous. It’s also known for its extremely high concentration of millionaires. In Monaco, you’ll find great beaches, shopping, restaurants, and plenty of gaming, one of Bond’s favourite activities. In particular, it’s no secret that Bond loves hitting up the Monte Carlo Casino for a game of Texas Hold’em or Baccarat, two of the most popular games played around the world, whenever he’s in town. Throw on your best suit and order a martini — shaken, not stirred — and you’ll really be experiencing Monte Carlo in a Bond-approved manner.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Although you likely won’t have to infiltrate a diamond-smuggling ring like in Diamonds Are Forever, that doesn’t mean there will be a shortage of excitement or adventure while you’re in Vegas. Although Bond is not necessarily one to hit up a comedy show or concert, there’s a lot more you can do to have a Bond-style evening. But no matter what you do, treat yourself to a good meal and a martini, then indulge in some gaming. For Bond-style bonus points, rent a sports car while you’re in Vegas. If you have some extra time, consider heading to the Grand Canyon for some incredible views.
An island in Thailand, Phuket is a part of the Phuket Province, which is made up of dozens of smaller islands as well. In recent years, it’s become an incredibly popular tourist destination thanks to its beautiful weather, white sand beaches, and a wide range of activities and accommodations that can suit the budget of any traveller. To add a little of Bond’s style into your trip, make some time for a scenic cruise or speedboat trip, followed by lounging on the beach and chatting up the locals (and other visitors). One thing is for certain: While in the area, you’ll be sure to feel like you’re in a Bond film — the views are just that incredible.
While touring locations for the Bond film following Sean Connery’s reign, filmmakers found Lisbon to have everything they were looking for: romance, history, and beautiful views. Lisbon, with its mix of old and new, offers a lot to do that will please any traveller, from historical tours and museums to beautiful art and architecture, to great shopping, beaches, nightlife, and restaurants. To channel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, rent a car, pack a picnic, and take a drive in the hills and along the coast.
No matter where you end up travelling to, you can make just about any location Bond-worthy if you keep a few things in mind. To channel Bond’s attitude, simply look sharp, be friendly, and be open-minded to having an adventure. After all, it’s not a Bond-worthy vacation if the whole trip is planned out!