Shirley Valentine has been voted the ‘most inspirational travel film’ by holidaymakers in a recent travel awards survey.
The film follows a bored Liverpudlian housewife (played by Pauline Collins) who flies off on an all-inclusive holiday to Greece for some fun in the sun. The trip gives her a new lease of life and allows her to see the world, and herself, through fresh eyes. Released in 1989, the film clearly resonates with Brits weary of the grey skies and mundane routines of life at home in the UK, and inspires us to throw off restraint and book our next travel adventure!
Other contenders in the film category shortlist were An Idiot Abroad (technically a TV show but sneaked through!), Around the World in 80 Days, The Beach and the Hugh Jackman/Nicole Kidman epic romance Australia.
Other category award winners in the survey, organised by travel site Holiday Extras, included Emirates, who were voted as the best airline overall, and Belfast International Airport which won the ‘Best Airport’ award. Virgin Atlantic scooped two awards for best airline for travelling with babies, and also for being the best airline for travellers with a disability. easyJet was voted the airline offering the best value for money, while the best cabin crew award also went to overall winners Emirates.
The awards were drawn from a poll of more than 66,000 customers, giving a good idea of travellers’ real-life experiences. Other winners included The Sofitel London Gatwick for best airport hotel and The Edinburgh Servisair Lounge, voted the best airline lounge in the survey.