Get ready for some serious binge-watching with these travel movies.
While we’re all staying safe in quarantine, why not cross those classic movies off your bucket list? This list of travel movies spanning locations all around the world have the power to transport you, as you dream of an Italian cappuccino made on the spot or yellow wildflowers in the fields of France. No matter where you are in the world right now, taking time for yourself and your own mental health is important. I hope this list can allow you the freedom to venture to hidden places without even leaving your living room:
1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
This is honestly one of the most beautiful pieces of cinematography I have seen. All of the shots span different locations throughout the world, as Ben Stiller or Walter Mitty embarks on a journey well past his magazine job at Life. From Manhattan streets, to Greenland, Iceland, and even the Himalayas, this one of those travel movies that will make you want to update that passport of yours immediately.
2. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Follow some Brits as they decide to head to Jaipur, India for retirement! Judi Dench gives us an epic love story and laugh-out-loud moments that will prove how travel can change us at any age. From widowhood, new marriages, and cultures beyond their own, watch a group of women beautifully evolve in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
3. Julie and Julia (2009)
After visiting the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. to see Julia Child’s green kitchen, I wanted to watch Julie & Julia even more. Two lives in two different times collide in the same movie, with Julie Powell in Queens and Julia Child in France each dedicating their lives to the art of cooking amid changing relationships and opportunities. Bon appétit!
4. The Parent Trap (1998)
After watching this movie many times as a kid, I finally got to visit Annie’s actual house in London that was used in the movie. This romantic comedy follows a divorced couple’s identical twin daughters as they find each other at a Maine summer camp and split ways to switch lives. From Napa Valley, California, and London, England, follow Annie and Hallie as they unravel their current worlds before bringing together the impossible. “If my mum is your mum, and my dad is your dad…”
5. Call Me By Your Name (2017)
This one of those travel movies that’s an absolute work of art. Elio, a 17-year-old Jewish American, lives in rural northern Italy with his family. His father, an archeology professor, invites Oliver to spend the summer with the family to transcend his academic work as a grad student. The two end up forming a bond that is parallel to no other, but time is always lurking in the background. I promise that you will not regret watching this movie, with one of the most honest and moving monologues said by Elio’s father. (This soundtrack with two original songs by Sufjan Stevens is incomparable as well!) Also, peaches. Lots of peaches.
6. Midnight in Paris (2011)
Owen Wilson plays screenwriter and aspiring novelist Gil Pender who’s on a trip to Paris with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams). In the City of Light, he travels back in time with famous creatives, writers, and artists such as Rodin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Salvador Dalí, and Picasso among others. Relationships are explored along with what is considered reality vs. fantasy in a city that enchants. Is the present or the past the place to be?
7. Eat Pray Love (2010)
I actually only saw this movie for the first time last year, and it was everything I needed. Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert leaves her current life behind and travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia. This is a journey of self-discovery and pushing yourself to all things new and foreign. My favorite scene is the pizza scene: “Why not eat all you can in Italy and then go buy stretchier pants?” If you need a movie to cry, laugh, and relate to, watch Eat Pray Love. Plus, there’s loads of gelato.
8. Up (2009)
Nothing makes me more nostalgic or sentimental than Up. This Pixar digital film tells a tale anyone can relate to, about love and loss and growing up while still staying a kid. The film follows 70-year-old Carl and his friend Russell from Boy Scouts who travel to South America together in a traveling balloon house. Go around the world with this movie, seeing waterfalls and hidden places so very different than your own backyard. (Keep that box of tissues handy!)
9. Wild (2014)
Follow Reese Witherspoon as she puts on her hiking boots and treks 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. After losing her mother, this time of self-discovery and learning how to grieve while moving captures Reese’s character Cheryl Strayed across muddy trails, forests, and snowy fields. After all Cheryl has lost, maybe she will finally learn to accept herself.
10. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Rachel Chu, a Chinese-American professor, heads to meet her fiancés wealthy family in Singapore. With yacht parties and royal weddings in store, sometimes the most extravagant events don’t carry all the heart. Maybe the simplicity of Chinatown and a simple love are the most powerful things money definitely can’t buy.
11. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
This comedy-drama follows the lives of four girls who share a pair of—well—pants. Go to Greece, Maryland, Mexico, and South Carolina to learn the art of love and loss in the minds of such young girls exploring who they are and what they truly want. A pair of denim pants doesn’t hurt either.
12. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Welcome to another one of Wes Anderson’s quirky worlds. You’ll get top-notch service at the Grand Budapest Hotel, where world-class dining and concierge bring their A-game. Monsieur Gustave will let nothing, and I mean nothing, get in the way of his hotel. Don’t miss one of the most colorful travel movies of all time.
13. Letters to Juliet (2010)
A classic, modern romance that breathes simplicity and the true meaning of love spanning time and distance. Sophie, Amanda Seyfried, works for The New Yorker as a fact checker. Traveling with her chef fiancé Victor to Verona in research of his own restaurant, Sophie comes across a story involving a woman named Claire she cannot let go of. Get your glass of vino ready to go for these picturesque vineyards and some balcony kisses.