12 Movies About Travel For The Times When You Stay At Home
We miss travelling – among many many other things these days. It looks like a lot of us can only get to other places for a while if we read a book or watch a movie. So we collected our favorite travel movies for you. Keep calm, hold on.
Where it takes you: landscapes of the West Coast, USA
This story is about a woman who seeks self-acceptance and recovery from the loss of her mother. Cheryl Strayed treks 1100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, crosses Mojave, old forests, snowy fields, rocky or muddy terrains. The movie also gives insight into the challenges of hiking solo as a woman.
If you’re a hiker, it will inspire you to pack your stuff and find some amazing places to hike on the West Coast. If only we had a couple of months to spend there… If only… Well, you can always keep your eyes open for nice trails near your home, too.
The Bucket List (2007)
Where it takes you: Egypt, Hong Kong, China, Nepal and more
This is one of our favorite movies ever – with two great actors: Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman! Despite the term “bucket list” becoming a cliche these days, this is a heartwarming story about realizing the important things in one’s life and living it to the fullest. It’s a story of two men who escape cancer ward and head off on a road trip to chase their dreams before they die.
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Where it takes you: Italy, India, Indonesia
This one is about a woman (Julia Roberts as Liz Gilbert) who runs away to “find herself”. Liz realizes how unhappy her marriage is and wants to find her way after a painful divorce. Italy, India and Indonesia are the three main places that all teach her something different and important.
The lovely cobbled streets of Italy and the lush green landscapes of Indonesia made us fall in love – even though in reality we’ve only been to Italy so far.
P.S. I Love You (2007)
Where it takes you: Ireland
If you like romance, this is a good one. Not just for the story of Holly and Gerry, but also for the amazing landscapes of Wicklow Mountains and the rolling green hills of Ireland. These landscapes themselves are romantic enough. And the story is about letting go of the one you loved the most, opening your heart and learning to love again.
Mamma Mia (2008)
Where it takes you: Greece
Here’s something light and funny. Sophie wants her father to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, but first she needs to find out who her father is. She secretly invites the three men who her mother’s diary reveals to be possible fathers. If we need a movie to cheer us up, a romantic comedy that takes place on a picturesque Greek island and is full of sunshine, music and good laughs is an obvious choice.
Where it takes you: Paris
This French comedy is about innocent and naive Amélie (played by Audrey Tautou), and also about contemporary Parisian life. Amélie is a shy waitress who decides to help those around her, struggles with her own isolation and finds love on the way. This movie has such a unique atmosphere! And if you can’t walk on the streets of Paris, the next best thing to do is watching Amélie.
Julie & Julia (2009)
Where it takes you: Paris and New York
Meryl Streep’s Julia takes us back to the 1950s in Paris and wet our appetite for French cuisine. Amy Adams’ Julie lives in today’s New York (well, in 2002) and has a job she doesn’t like. She decides to cook every recipe in Julia’s book in one year and to write a blog to motivate herself. Yep, this movie is also about blogging! Old Paris and busy New York. Dreams and love. What not to love about it?
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Where it takes you: India
This one takes place in India and shows a less sugarcoated picture of it than Eat Pray Love. It tells a story of 18-year-old Jamal Malik from the slums of Mumbai. It’s raw and uncomfortable. It’s about the less modern face of India. But with a happy ending.
Good Bye, Lenin! (2003)
Where it takes you: Berlin
This German tragicomedy is about an East German family at the time when the Berlin Wall fell. Actually, the mother falls into a coma before it happens and awakens eight months later. Her son tries to protect her from the shock so he pretends that nothing has changed. Which is kinda hard, ‘cause everything has changed. Communism has collapsed, a new world has come. This movie takes you back to old Berlin, and we really like its bittersweet atmosphere.
Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
Where it takes you: Serbia
This romantic black comedy film was directed by Bosnian-born Emir Kusturica. It takes place in a Gypsy village along the banks of the Danube, introduces three generations, lots of confusions, chaos and an atmosphere unique to the Balkans. Wedding and a funeral on the same day? Laugh and cry at the same time? That’s for you to decide.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Where it takes you: New Zealand
Well, the story might take place in Middle Earth, but those scenes were shot in New Zealand. Even though we like the books better, the movies are still good and make you escape into another world for long-long hours. Roughly about 3×4 hours. We recommend you to watch the extended editions.
Planet Earth (2006)
This is an exception, because it’s a nature documentary TV series narrated by David Attenborough. But we wholeheartedly recommend the eleven episodes that educate us about different habitats on our planet: mountains, fresh water, caves, deserts, jungles, oceans and more. They’re beautiful, informative and we can’t ever get bored watching them. (And they make us want to explore every hidden corner of this planet.) We are fans of the new Planet Earth II series, as well.
Do you have a favorite movie about travel?