Movies That Will Cure Your Wanderlust

Traveling is such an incredible experience. You learn so much about yourself and the world around you. Sadly, traveling isn’t always an option. It can be expensive and takes so much planning and work. Worth it, but not always reasonable with our vacation days and whatnot.

In those times, we can turn to movies to feel like we’re escaping, even if it’s just for a bit.

Crazy Rich Asians

a scene from Crazy Rich Asians
Photo Credit: Warner Brothers’ Pictures
Photo Credit: Warner Brothers’ Pictures

Crazy Rich Asians is a must-watch for anyone who has dreamed of visiting Singapore. In fact, even if you haven’t thought about it, you might add it to your list after seeing this movie.

Wild

a still from the movie Wild
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

For those of us who are looking for more of an adventure, Wild is a great choice. It follows the story of Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, on her journey across the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

a still from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is for anyone who feels like it’s too late for them to follow their dreams and travel the world. Walter gets to live out his daydreams in the best way possible, giving those of us who are a little down some hope.

Mamma Mia

a still from Mamma Mia
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Aside from enjoying all those ABBA bangers, Mamma Mia is a must-watch for beach bums and anyone who has ever dreamed of traveling to Greece. Plus, who doesn’t love that star-studded cast?

Eat, Pray, Love

a still from Eat, Pray, Love
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures

Eat, Pray, Love is a beautiful movie, and one for those of us who really want to go on a long adventure. In it, Elizabeth Gilbert travels through Italy, India, and Bali, finding love and herself.

Roman Holiday

a still from Roman Holiday
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

This classic film is a must-watch for people who want to see Rome. Audrey Hepburn plays a princess who wants to see the city like us normal folk, and believe me, it’s going to make you want to, too.

The Darjeeling Limited

a still from The Darjeeling Limited
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Wes Anderson takes us on a spiritual journey through India on a train with three misfit brothers. The premise seems cliché, and in many ways it is, but it’s self-aware and makes for an encouraging journey.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

a still from Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

We have all been heartbroken, yes? But have we all had the chance to get over it in Hawaii? Probably not. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a good old-fashioned rom-com with a sunny, tropical setting that will have you dreaming of the beach!

Up

a still from Up
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios
Photo Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Just in case you felt like shedding a few tears while dreaming of a magical tropical getaway. Up is magical and full of feels that you might not expect to get out of an animated movie.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

still from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Anyone who has wanted to travel to India will fall in love with this film. It follows the stories of a handful of retired Brits who didn’t want to settle for a mundane life, so they travel to India to stay in the Marigold Hotel.

Roma

a still from Roma
Photo Credit: Netflix
Photo Credit: Netflix

Roma is a beautiful and moving film about what it was like to be in Mexico City during the 70s. It tells the story of how much the world around us can change and how important family is to have by your side.

Midsommar

a still from Midsommar
Photo Credit: A24
Photo Credit: A24

Midsommar is not for the faint of heart. But if you’re someone who is OK with horror films, this one is worth watching for the scenery alone. It somehow makes you want to visit the Swedish countryside, even after what happens in the unsettling film.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

a still from Raiders of the Lost Ark
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

Any of the Indiana Jones movies are a classic when it comes to traveling the world, seeing lost treasures, and defeating a foe or two. If you really want to feel like an archaeological superhero, these are the movies for you.

The Harry Potter Films

a still from Harry Potter
Photo Credit: Warner Brothers
Photo Credit: Warner Brothers

Even though most of us by now (hopefully) know that Hogwarts isn’t a real place, there are still lots of amazing places to see in Harry Potter. The movies were filmed in various locations across the UK that are sure to make anyone believe in magic.

Amélie

a still from Amélie
Photo Credit: Fox Distributions
Photo Credit: Fox Distributions

Amélie is a beautiful film that your hipster friends have already raved to you about. If you’ve ever been swept up in a daydream that could only happen in France, Amélie will take you there.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

a still from Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Photo Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Photo Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Two best friends who are polar opposites head to Barcelona for the summer. It’s a sexy, artistic and romantic summer, as I’m sure many of us can only imagine. Watch this one with your bff and feel like you’re there together.

Away We Go

a still from Away We Go
Photo Credit: Focus Features
Photo Credit: Focus Features

If you want a feel-good movie, Away We Go is one to add to your list. A few months before their baby is due, Verona and Burt decide to take a road trip across North America to find the perfect place to raise their family. They stop everywhere from Phoenix to Montreal in search of home.

The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

still from The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Photo Credit: Gramercy Pictures
Photo Credit: Gramercy Pictures

This film is a wild ride, from start to finish. Three Australian drag queens are making their way across the outback to a show. But the story is really told in what happens along the way. Plus, there are Australian accents.

Sideways

a still from Sideways
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Sideways is a film that’s going to make you feel like you shouldn’t worry about fitting in anywhere, including the seemingly exclusive world of California wineries. Make sure you have a glass of wine handy while you enjoy the stories of these strangely relatable characters.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

a still from The Grand Budapest Hotel
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Grand Budapest Hotel is for anyone who loves that Wes Anderson aesthetic. The Grand Budapest isn’t a real place, but the charm of small European towns is seen in all its glory in this hilarious film.