When you’re suddenly bitten with the travel bug, sometimes you just can’t get away from home. Rather than lock away your dreams of travel, why not get inspired?
While you’re home, put on a movie to encourage wanderlust. You can grab your family, or even time your viewing with your friends via social media, WhatsApp, and Zoom. It’s ok to have digital watch parties today, in fact, it’s more popular than ever.
In order to get you prepped for your next trip or to inspire a few ideas for places you should visit, we’ve got a list of some of our favorite travel movies to watch at home.
So get your popcorn popped and fire up your favorite streaming service.
Go on an adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail as you follow Reese Witherspoon in an adaption of the book by the same name. You’ll get to see the Mojave Desert, Oregon’s Mount Hood, Crater Lake, and Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks.
To Catch a Thief
Wouldn’t we all love to spend some time wandering the French Riviera? Well, this classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Carey Grant and Grace Kelly will have you zooming around Monaco on the hunt for a jewel thief.
180 Degrees South
Once you finish watching this documentary about a group of friends who travel to Patagonia to climb mountains, you’ll be grabbing your hiking boots. They recreate a 1968 road trip taken by the founders of clothing brands The North Face and Patagonia.
If you want to be swept away by the beauty of Thailand, look no further. Leonardo DiCaprio in this role on a beach is so beautiful the Thai government had to ban tourists because it got so crowded.
The Motorcycle Diaries
This is another road trip movie, but this time set in South America. Gael García Bernal takes you all over the continent on his motorcycle showing you the beauty of the cities and country. It’s based on the book written by Ernesto Guevara.
The Endless Summer
Here’s another older documentary that follows a group of friends as they go around the world looking for amazing waves. The boys travel to Australia, California, Ghana, and Tahiti on their adventure and you’ll love all the spots they visit.
If you love dark humor and Colin Farrell, then In Bruges might be right up your alley. It’s set in the Belgium town of Bruges, often called the ‘Venice of Northern Europe.’
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Tune in for the timeless story of Frodo and his Hobbit friends, but stay for the absolutely breathtaking images of New Zealand. This trilogy sparked a huge tourist boom to the country, though it’s easy to see why.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
In this movie, a group of seniors decide to skip the retirement home and head to Jaipur, India. It’s a bit of a fish out of water story, but with performances from Dev Patel and Judi Dench and the bold and vivid colors of India, you can’t go wrong.