5 movies that will leave you with no choice but to travel
Movies are awesome. Plain and simple. They’re an opportunity to immerse yourself in a world where characters go places and do things you’ve only dreamed about (like attend Hogwarts, become the youngest seeker in over a century, and then defeat the dark lord…for example).
And, let’s be honest, some of them do a better job of making us want to join the adventure. So we put together a list of some of our favorite movies that are guaranteed to stoke your wanderlust. Check them out, head to your nearest Blockbuster store, realize that they don’t exist anymore, and then go home and stream the movie like the millennial you know you are.
1. Midnight in Paris (2011)
“Midnight in Paris” follows Owen Wilson’s character wandering the streets of Paris at night. There’s time travel involved. Cultural icons like Hemingway, Picasso, and Dalí are visited. It’s pretty much a real life “If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would it be?”
The movie romanticizes the most romantic place in the world (if that’s even possible), and makes you want to figure out time travel almost as much as it makes you want to visit Paris.
Travel to Paris on these trips.
2. The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
A Disney TV show brought to the big screen…what could be better? Trick question: Nothing. In this movie, Lizzie heads to Rome, gets famous, has an Italian love interest (or two, if you’re counting the pasta), and has some good ol’ fashion fun.
This movie makes Rome look real good. Not that it needs help. If shots of the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, and plenty of quaint Italian street scenes don’t do it for you, do it to follow in Lizzie’s footsteps for some early 2000s nostalgia.
Head to Rome on these trips.
3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
An older, perhaps more refined, Ben Stiller stars in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” as an employee at Life Magazine who daydreams about escaping his mundane life. Until one day, he takes action, embarking on the adventure of a lifetime to places like Iceland, Greenland, and more. The movie should be renamed, “Walter Mitty says YOLO.”
As good as the story is (along with Ben’s flawless performance), the breathtaking scenery of Iceland steals the show.
Make Iceland a reality on this trip.
4. EuroTrip (2004)
This is quintessential teen comedy at is quintessential…ist. Recently dumped Scotty joins his friends on a—you guessed it—trip to Europe!
Accurate cultural differences this movie does not portray. But, if you want to see some of Europe’s best cities during 90 minutes of fun for the whole family (minus mom and dad), then take a peek.
See all of Europe on these trips.
5. The Bucket List (2007)
Would you believe me if I said it was this movie that coined the phrase “bucket list”? Well it did, and you can’t prove otherwise. Terminally ill patients played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman create a list of all the things they want to do before they kick the bucket. Get it? They ride motorcycles on the Great Wall of China, stand atop the Great Pyramids in Egypt, and see lions in Tanzania.
While at times the movie is…not great, it’s a heartwarming buddy comedy that celebrates the importance of friendship, living life to the fullest, and seeing as much of the world as possible. It also reminds you how much you wish Morgan Freeman could be your grandfather. Or maybe that’s just me.
Want to see the Great Wall of China? Check out this trip.