You’re a big fan of the Fast and the Furious movies – who isn’t? – but did you know that you can actually get paid to go to some of the film locations? There’s an app for that! All you need is a smartphone, a decent camera, and the desire to make money off your favorite movies. The free app, Movie Locations Explorer, makes it easy – just click the “Go Mobile” button at the top of this page, or click here to open it in a new tab.
The locations app connects you with local businesses that want to help you make the most of your time there. For example, you can get a latte while you’re at a cafe inside of the Roman Forum, and then take a selfie in front of the bench where Socrates supposedly chatted with Plato. You can use the points you earned to take a gander at the Sistine Chapel or eat a crostino at Palazzo Trinitario.
Let’s say you’re a foodie, and you love to cook. You can use your reward points to get a pizza or pasta cooked for you at a local restaurant. You can’t beat that!
The app can also connect you with travel agents who specialize in tours that include visits to famous film locations. For example, you could take a Harry Potter tour that includes a visit to the set of the Great Hall at Hogwarts Castle, where the Sorting Hat would judge you as you tried on different personas for the day.
If you’re a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, you can take a tour around London, including a ride on the Sherlock Holmes bus, a visit to 221B Baker Street, and a cruise on the River Thames. The travel agent will keep track of your itinerary and offer occasional bonuses such as free parking or museum entrance fees if you meet certain visitor thresholds.
You can find other locations apps on the Google Play Store. Some of them even let you browse locations by theme (movies, music, etc.) and let you integrate with other apps or services to make your life easier (e.g., Yelp, OpenTable, etc.). However, none of them match the functionality of the Movie Locations Explorer app, so if you’re a fan of the films, it’s worth a download.
Points For Doing Business With Them
Even if you don’t plan on using the app to its full potential – i.e., making money off your movie knowledge – you’ll still benefit from the fact that these businesses know exactly who you are and will do everything in their power to get you to spend as much as possible while there. The more you visit a location, the more you earn!
That’s the theory, anyway. In practice, it can be a little more complicated. When you first open the locations app, you’re prompted to create a local account and link your Facebook account. This is so Movie Locations Explorer can keep track of all your visits and let you make the most of them. For example, you can’t earn points if you don’t have a local account, so you’ll have to create one before you start earning points on any given visit.
Once you’ve done that, you’re shown a map with all the locations where you can make the most of your points. When you click on a location, you’re taken to a more detailed page with photos, videos, and a description of what you can find there. This map-based feature makes it easy to find the locations you want to visit without having to click through every single one individually.
On the other hand, the local account means the businesses know exactly who they’re dealing with. This makes it easier for them to get things done. For example, the travel agent at the hotel can pull up your hotel booking and tell you what time the tour starts without having to ask someone else for help. Similarly, the restaurant can alert you when your food is ready without having to call for assistance or send someone to check on it.
How Do I Earn Points?
There are several ways you can earn points while using the app. First off, whenever you visit a location, you’ll see a little orange icon at the top right corner of the screen. Clicking this icon will bring up a detailed screen with all the information you need to know about the location you’re visiting (e.g., address, phone number, website).
You can also click “Book a tour” at the top of the screen to connect you with travel agents who specialize in tours that include visits to movie locations. Once you’ve booked the tour, you’ll see a green button at the top right corner of the screen that allows you to join the tour. The more you do here, the more you’ll earn points. Remember, though, that movie locations are open only seasonally, so you’ll have to check the website or contact the cafe owner directly to see if the location is open or not.
How Do I Use My Points?
Once you’ve accumulated a decent amount of points, you can use them to take a look around the locations you’ve been to. You can click on the map at the top of the screen to see a list of all the places you’ve been. When you click on a location, you’re taken to a map with all the amenities around it. If you’ve done a lot of research on your favorite movies, locations will be listed in order of their importance to the story. For example, if you’ve watched the film a few times, you’ll know that the restaurant in the first scene is important because it’s where Dom and Mia eat their first date meal. You can click on the menu to see all the food items available there and how many points you have remaining.
In addition to taking you to locations, the app can also show you important information about them. For example, if you’ve clicked on the Amalfi Coast location, you’ll see a screen with information about the hotel La Fenice, where you can spend the night. This is helpful because you may not remember where you stayed when you visited this popular tourist destination. Using the app can also help you connect with locals who can show you around the area and get you extra points on your trip.
Finally, you can click the little gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen to access your account dashboard. Here, you can look at all the points you’ve accumulated so far, as well as see a record of all the places you’ve been. You can also click “Change” next to “Profile picture” at the bottom of the screen to update your profile photo or “Change” next to “Bio” to update your biography.
Where Do I Go From Here?
If you love cars and driving, you can use the app to its fullest potential by connecting with a car dealer who’ll give you a deal on a new vehicle. Alternatively, you can go on a cruise ship around Europe and get away from it all. The choice is yours!