#RogueOne has finally been released, and fans are going wild for Jyn and her crew of rebels. Along with a fresh new backstory, we saw some stunning new locations— as well as some old favorites. And the best news is you can visit them all in real life!
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Appearance in film: Planet Scarif is the tropical base used by the Empire, and the location of the plans to the Death Star. It's also the location of a truly epic battle, complete with exploding AT-ACTs and stormtroopers splashing about in crystalline waters. Apparently their armour is conveniently impervious to salt water.
Real location: Laamu Atoll, Maldives
Holiday potential: 10/10
Aside from being the perfect place to devise weapons of intergalactic mass destruction, the Maldives are a dream destination. Take a stroll on the white sand beaches, sip piña coladas and work on your tan. In fact, this would be the ideal location for a Star Wars wedding, or even honeymoon. The water is warm, the fish are bountiful and the locals are super friendly. Don't forget to bring your stormtrooper costume - remember, it's rustproof!
Appearance in film: Lah'mu is a new planet in the Star Wars universe. A flashback early in the film reveals this to be Jyn's remote home while her family hide from the empire.
Real location: Mýrdalssandur beach, Iceland
Holiday potential: 8/10
Located near Vík í Mýrdal, the southernmost village in the country, the black sand beaches and frosty temperatures of Mýrdalssandur are somewhat reminiscent of similar locations in New Zealand.
Iceland is a popular location for filming, with Game of Thrones also shooting in parts of the country. And it's easy to see why. Iceland is breathtakingly beautiful, with vast mountain ranges and stunning stretches of lush greenery. The Icelandic wilderness really is something else.
But like many Scandinavian countries, that beauty comes at a cost— a literal cost. Iceland is an expensive destination, and the days can be short. In winter, the sunlight only lasts for three or four hours. If you are intent on following Jyn's pilgrimage, make sure to save your pennies and pack warm clothes.
Appearance in film: Jedha was once a sacred site for those wishing to seek spiritual fulfilment. Followers of The Force would make the pilgrimage to the Mecca-like holy Jedi city. The small moon is now occupied by the Galactic Empire, and the streets are prone to the occasional rebel scuffle.
Real location: Wadi Rum, Jordan
Holiday potential: 8/10
Jordan is one of the safest countries in the Middle East. The locals are warm and hospitable, and eager to welcome travellers weary from the desert heat. Visitors can choose from a number of Wadi Rum desert camps to rest their weary heads before setting off to explore the many temples, ruins and cave dwellings Jordan has to offer.
2. The Death Star
Appearance in film: Cold, concrete and official, the interior of the Death Star certainly looks like somewhere a military dictatorship would hang out. It's also the focus of Jyn's mission. Mad props to Jyn's dad for his assistance in designing this architectural feat.
Real location: Canary Wharf tube station, London
Holiday potential: 1/10
There's not a whole lot to say about this place. It's an underground train station, it's on the Jubilee line, and it's busy. It could make a great location for a cosplay shoot. Maybe pay it a visit if you're on your way to one of the more exciting destinations listed here, or if you really like running up and down escalators.
1. Yavin IV
Appearance in film: The green moon of Yavin IV is the location for the Rebels' base hidden deep in the jungle in A New Hope, and Mon Mothma's command post made an exciting return for Rogue One.
Real location: Tikal, Guatemala
Holiday potential: 7/10
Mayan temples are between thick patches of rainforest in Tikal, which makes you feel like you're in an entirely different kind of George Lucas film. Being a place of deep cultural and archeological significance, Tikal is a very popular tourist destinations, so things might be a bit crowded — watch out for the selfie sticks. Visitors can also recreate the above scene from A New Hope, so make sure to bring your blaster!