My name is Gretchen Kelly and I'm a movie traveler.
That means I travel in the footsteps of film characters, movie stars, directors, location managers and all the creative people who use a sense of place to make great entertainment.
I am a travel journalist with a theatrical background. My mother was a teacher at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (the acting school that produced Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Marlon Brando). I studied acting there, too but ultimately became a journalist with a specialty in travel...but travel with a cinematic twist.
My first journey ever, was an epic trip to Jordan and Syria (yes, Syria before the war) in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. The New York Post caught notice and I started giving my own Location Awards at Oscar Time and doing regular film and TV set-jetting features. Other publications I've written for include The Wall Street Journal, TravelChannel.com, Women's Health, Out Magazine, Passport, Portholes and many others.
I've lectured on set-jetting to over 100 Film Location Managers at the Cineposium Conference, been seen on media like BBC Worldwide News, Good Day NY, NY 1 (Travel with Val) and on radio (Bloomberg News). I've been quoted in publications like Time, Newsweek and a recent Skift report on the set-jetting phenomenon.
I started TravelHushHush.com to reach out to other wanna-be set-jetters and to destinations and travel industry pros who are interested in this increasingly important new way that people decide where to go when they want to escape from the everyday.
So please escape with me here every week. Today's Scoop features regular columns like Small Screen Set-Jetting (What's On Netflix, Amazon, Cable Networks); Downton Dish (a Downton Abbey set-jetting column every Monday during the US season) and regular news items on travel and celebrities in the news. Travel Like A Movie Star and Location Look Book Features are coming soon.
I hope you'll let TravelHushHush.com be your ticket to leave reality behind for a while and journey into cinematic worlds inspired by both the big and small screens.