I’ll start this off by saying that my two greatest passions in life are travel and movies.
Not only do they both provide me with opportunities to learn about other cultures, lifestyles and ways of living, but they allow me to escape my hometown — even if it’s just for a moment.
But, one is obviously more accessible than the other — movies.
So, on the days when I can’t travel — which is like, always — I like to escape through a good travel flick.
15 Movies That’ll Make You Want to Travel Immediately:
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone.
“Wild” powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
2. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is the story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action.
When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
3. “The Bucket List”
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as two terminally ill cancer patients who decide to break out of the hospital and live their last days to the fullest.
With a checklist that includes playing the poker tables in Monte Carlo, consuming copious amounts of caviar, racing the fastest machines on four wheels, and much more, these two men will do their best to fit a lifetime of experience into their last remaining days while forging an unlikely, but truly remarkable friendship.
4. “The Endless Summer”
In his narration, Bruce Brown muses that if someone had enough time and money, they could literally follow the summer around the globe, and so Brown and two of his surfing buddies, Robert August and Mike Hynson, decide to do just that.
With their surfboards as luggage, August and Hynson travel from one coastline to the next, trying the waves in Hawaii, Africa, Australia, Tahiti and a number of other places. Along the way, August and Hynson learn a lot about people around the world, and grow up a bit while they search for the elusive perfect wave.
5. “Midnight in Paris”
This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the fall have experiences there that change their lives.
It’s about a young man’s great love for a city, Paris, and the illusion people have that a life different from theirs would be much better.
6. “Up in the Air”
Ryan Bingham, a corporate hatchet man who loves his life on the road, is forced to fight for his job when his company downsizes its travel budget.
He is required to spend more time at home just as he is on the cusp of a goal he’s worked toward for years: reaching five million frequent flyer miles and just after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.
7. “Romancing the Stone”
In this film, adventure writer Kathleen Turner learns that her sister is being held prisoner by evil art dealers in Colombia. When she mails a map leading to a valuable treasure, Turner teams up with soldier of fortune Michael Douglas.
8. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”
Easily excitable Neal Page (Steve Martin) is somewhat of a control freak. Trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife and kids, his flight is rerouted to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm, and his sanity begins to fray. Worse yet, he is forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith (John Candy), whom he finds extremely annoying.
Together, they must overcome the insanity of holiday travel to reach their intended destination.
9. “Moonrise Kingdom”
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness.
As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.
10. “Catch Me If You Can”
Based on a true story, Frank W. Abagnale was employed as a doctor, a lawyer and a co-pilot all before reaching his 21st birthday. A successful con artist and master of deception, Frank is also a brilliant forger, whose skill at check fraud has netted him millions of dollars in stolen funds — much to the chagrin of the authorities.
FBI Agent Carl Hanratty has made it his prime mission to capture him and bring him to justice, however Frank is always one step ahead of Carl, baiting him to continue the chase.
11. “The Descendants”
“The Descendants” is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki.
The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner), a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is about to fulfill a lifelong dream.
Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. But, curmudgeonly Carl’s worst nightmare comes true when he discovers a little boy named Russell is a stowaway aboard the balloon-powered house.
A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack’s final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles hit the gas en route to mid-life crises.
The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women. Emerging from a haze of pinot noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality.
14. “Lost In Translation”
A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), meet in Tokyo.
Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful.
15. “Eat Pray Love”
Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life — a home, a husband and a successful career. Now, newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her.
Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali.
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