Fancy a little star spotting on your next holiday? How about accidentally (on purpose of course) bumping into your favourite celebrity?
Economic crisis or not, there is one group of people who always seem to escape a downturn – the rich and famous. And when the rich and famous take a holiday, they really do it in style.
Whether you simply want to tread the same beach as your favourite movie star or you really are set on stalking them for the next two weeks, here is our guide to the top 10 celebrity holiday haunts.
Hawaii is one of the most popular celebrity holiday destinations and it is also the home state of President Obama. Here you might expect to rub suntanned shoulders with the likes of Kanye West, Britney Spears, Will Smith and Cameron Diaz. These stars and many more have all stayed in Aloha in recent months so you have a very good chance of a celebrity run in.
Tokyo is Japan’s capital and one of the most diverse and crazy cities on the planet. It’s little wonder therefore that Lady Gaga was spotted here recently. Katy Perry, Jessica Alba and Brad Pitt have also been spotted experiencing the delights of the karaoke and sushi bars Tokyo is so famous for. It’s also a must-stop for any celeb promoting a new film.
3. Bedford, NY
If you are planning a trip to New York City any time soon, you might want to hop on the Metro-North to Bedford. This tiny town is home to many top celebrities including Glenn close, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones and Ryan Reynolds. Simply popping to the shops for some milk could result in a chance celebrity encounter in this quaint town.
4. Charleston, SC
Fancy bumping into Taylor Swift at the local fish market, or how about Ryan Reynolds while browsing in a fashion boutique? Both celebs have been spotted in this South Carolina town. Charleston is home to many high end designer boutiques and is a great experience if you are looking to shop whilst you drop and maybe, just maybe, bump into your movie hero.
5. New Orleans
Many stars have their home in New Orleans, or at least one of their homes. Sandra Bullock and Brad and Ange have homes here and talk show host and comedienne Ellen Degeneres was born here. It has also become a hotbed for film production with 47 movies being shot in 2011 alone.
6. Punta de Mita, Mexico
Lady Gaga put Punta de Mita in Mexico firmly on the map when she travelled there in 2011. She started a bit of a trend and celebrity stars such as Charlie Sheen, Hilary Duff, Kirsten Dunst, Kanye West and various Kardashians have been spotted here since.
Fancy a chance meeting with Ryan Gosling or Rachel McAdams? Then pop on over to Toronto, especially during the Toronto International Film Festival. Toronto is a celebrity friendly city and boasts a total of 33 films and TV shows currently in production in the city.
If you’re heading to Toronto, make some time in your schedule for Vancouver too. Right now, 24 films and shows are in production with many more in the pipeline so you are sure to bump into a few celebrities and up and coming stars.
9. Côte d’Azur
The Côte d’Azur is famous for its miles and miles of beaches and is also known for having the biggest number of celebrities per square metre. From Elton John to Cristiano Ronaldo, you have a very good chance of seeing a few famous faces, especially in St. Tropez, the popular celeb hangout.
10. Dubrovnik, Croatia
When it comes to hidden travel gems, they don’t come much better than Dubrovnik. This jewel of the Adriatic Sea has been discovered recently by Richard Gere, Sean Connery, Tom Cruise and Beyonce. If beautiful ocean views and medieval architecture are your thing, this Croatian town is definitely for you.