Ready to go on a journey from the comfort of your own sofa? Get the popcorn out and the comfy socks on (and maybe just leave a packed suitcase next to the door for when the wanderlust strikes) - these are the 14 movies that make us want to travel...
Into the Wild
An incredible book, an incredible movie, and an incredible true story. Into the Wild tells the tale of Christopher McCandless, a college graduate who gives away his life savings and hitchhikes to Alaska. The characters he meets and stories that ensue along his journey into the wilderness capture entirely what travel is all about – experience.
Eat, Pray, Love
If good things come in three’s, Eat, Pray, Love is the immortal success story to this saying. A movie ALMOST as good as the book (but not quite), EPL is the story on one woman’s journey towards ultimate enlightenment. Based in Italy (Eat), India (Pray) and Bali (Love), if you haven’t at least researched flight prices by the end of this movie, we salute you.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
If you’re yearning for something more from life, take a few hours out and watch The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Travelling the world from Iceland to Afghanistan, Walter Mitty is a blend of incredible visual landscapes, a beautiful soundtrack, humour, imagination, and most importantly a desire to escape and explore the world.
Lost in Translation
A beautifully shot film that captures the fun, excitement, loneliness and overall triumph of being a foreigner in a new and unknown city. Lost in Translation follows the story of Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), two lonely strangers lost in Tokyo who meet and strike up an unlikely friendship – proving how the little random experiences of travel often prove to be the most memorable.
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
One of the great film icons of its time, if not ever, the LOTR trilogy and subsequent Hobbit trilogy has forever immortalised the awe inspiring landscape of New Zealand as Hobbit country. From its sheer glaciers to its cascading waterfalls, New Zealand is the place to visit for any intrepid explorer looking for their own little piece of Middle Earth.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2 American Tourists. Barcelona. Lots of wine. A hot painter. A crazy ex-wife. Some girl on girl action. More stunning shots of the Spanish hills. More wine and incredible Spanish food. This is the gist of Vicky Cristina Barcelona. We can’t promise the hot painter or steamy girl on girl action, but everything else is pretty much a given in Barcelona. The films hot. The city’s hotter.
Whimsical, romantic and quirky all in one, Amelie is the movie that perfectly depicts the idea that ANYTHING can happen in Paris if you choose to believe in the impossible. Capturing the magic of the city through an unlikely love story, Amelie reveals the very heart of Paris and in so doing, convinces us why it is one of the most romantic places in the world.
A firm favourite amongst travellers, The Beach has now become the stuff of legends. If you don’t want to watch it for the plot (good storyline, gets a bit weird with the whole computer game bit), just watch it for the incredible destination shots. Based and filmed in Phi Phi, the movie fully captures the sheer undulated beauty of this remote Thai hideaway.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
OK, so the movie IS a bit dodgy, featuring Nicholas Cage with a very questionable Italian accent, but the setting for the movie is pure paradise. Filmed and set in Kefalonia, one of the jewels of the Greek Island crown, expect a plethora of wide angle landscape shots which fully show off the utter majesty of this quaint little Greek Island. Turquoise seas, shimmering sands, brightly painter little fishing boats and all that jazz.
The Darjeeling Limited
If you’re dreaming of or planning a trip to India, look no further than The Darjeeling Limited for travel inspiration. One of Wes Anderson’s finest, The Darjeeling Limited tells the story of three wealthy and spoilt brothers as they take an overland train trip through India. Bickering, depression and hilarity ensue, but the crazy experiences the brothers experience result in uniting their brotherly bond. Watch it for the movie, take away a desire to visit India.
Richard Curtis is the king of the British rom com, and Notting Hill is no exception to the rule. Set and filmed in London’s Notting Hill, the movie shows off W11 in all its charming form, complete with the hustle and bustle of the markets, the beautiful picture house and that immortal blue front door (which, fun fact, was actually Richard Curtis’s own house).
It Started in Naples
Sometimes you just can’t beat an old movie. It started in Naples was released in August 1960 but its legendary cast (Clark Gable, Sophia Loren), beautiful setting (Rome, Naples and Capri) and ageless love story mean it just keeps giving and giving to generations of movie fans. Curl up with a duvet and a box of chocolates on a rainy day and take yourself to Italy.
Love it or hate it (and this writer LOVES it) there’s no denying the pull power of Mamma Mia. Not only do you get to listen to James Bond singing (hilarious) or Meryl Streep doing the splits (just impressive), you also get to see just how absolutely amazingly awesomely astonishingly beautiful the Greek Islands are. If you think the setting is amplified for the movie, you’re all wrong. It’s just as stunning, if not more in real life. You can even go on the Mamma Mia tour if you really want…
The Talented Mr Ripley
What more could you want from a movie than a tanned and toned Jude Law sailing around Italy (ladies, I’m looking at you). If you’ve not seen it, The Talented Mr Ripley is a psychological thriller featuring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and the late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Intelligent, dark and deceiving, it’s an absolute must see for all movie buffs. And even better, it shows off the supremacy of the Italian coast line, tantalizing us with hints of what it would be like to live the playboy lifestyle.