Movies that Travel

Wanderlust is something that ails me daily. The truth is, I just want to travel. I’ve always been this way and will be for life. This much I know! But just because I have the travel bug 24/7 doesn’t mean I get to do so nearly as much as I wish I could. On those days when I really need to escape to some place new but can’t quite afford it or find the time, I like to indulge in movies that literally move me.

Great Escape

That’s the awesome thing about movies. They provide us with a momentary departure into a world that is not our own. And aside from jumping into someone else’s storyline, what better way to truly feel like you’ve entered another world than for it to be set in a location that is foreign to you? Being the travel junkie that I am, it’s no surprise that I gravitate toward movies that take place in far off lands. And when a city becomes a character in a movie, much like they do in most recent Woody Allen films, well, that’s just the icing on the cake.

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Eat Pray Love – Image via Sun Sentinel

The List

Here are my top 15 picks for movies that will have you traveling without ever moving. And if you do happen to add them to your Netflix queue, let’s hope they do inspire you to get moving…at least to your computer so you can research (and possibly plan) your next trip!

Disclaimer: These aren’t in any particular order. Also, I’m not saying that these are necessarily great movies, though I do happen to have enjoyed all of them; the point is that they’ll have you immersed in another city or culture for about two hours of (free!) travel bliss.

There are so many more I wanted to include but I had to narrow it down for you guys! What other travel-inspiring movies would you add to the list?

7 Responses to "Movies that Travel"

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  1. Amee

    February 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I love When Harry Met Sally!! Lost in Translation is another favorite :)

  2. Liane

    February 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Notting Hill, Eat Pray Love, and When Harry met Sally are all great movies! Have yet to watch the other ones!

    PS: Watch “To Rome With Love” fantastic depiction of Rome and it’s in Italian, so you’ll really feel like you’re in Italy!

    • Ana Montoya

      February 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      Oh, I loved To Rome With Love, Liane! I only didn’t list that one because I had already mentioned another Woody Allen flick. I could make an entire list of just his films that make you feel like you’re somewhere else! :)

  3. Nancy

    February 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I really loved Vicky Christina Barcelona. It was so picturesque and it included Javier Bardem! Win-win in my book.

    • Ana Montoya

      March 6, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I can never get enough of Javier Bardem either! 😉

  4. Lorraine C. Ladish

    March 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I love all those movies. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was recommended to me by my 11-year old and we all watched it. Even the kids liked it!

    • Ana Montoya

      March 6, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Yes, Lorraine, that was one of my favorite films of last year! Glad you were able to enjoy it with the kids. An added bonus.


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