We’ve seen a fair few movies in our time. Sometimes because we’ve been bored on a plane and one has piqued our interest, sometimes because we’ve gone in search of a recommended flick, or because a dreamy destination has been showcased. We’re spoilt for choice, really, because there are so many examples of excellent filmmaking; from intriguing storytelling and breathtaking scenery to sensual experiences that almost jump out from the screen.
During our varying periods of lockdown, or just generally feeling the need to busy our minds, we started jotting down our favourite travel movies… and the list was pretty darn long. So we whittled it down to our Top 10, and then we figured it was too good not to share!
- The Way (2010)
A combination of sacred scenery, meaningful journeys and self discovery makes this flick a motivating drama for those seeking inspiration to find solace. Honouring the Camino de Santiago - a famous network of Christian pilgrimages in Northern Spain - this is a wonderful example of how history has affected so many far-reaching corners of the world.
- The Bucket List (2007)
Everyone should have a bucket list. Start it now. Even if you have to wait to travel to your desired destinations. In this sometimes-corny story, two ageing fellas set about ticking things off their bucket list before it’s too late. It’s a classic road trip - always a good time - with a good few laughs from two on-screen favourites (Jack Nicholson & Morgan Freeman) who definitely add to the likeability!
- The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
This film, set mostly in a most lavish hotel - The Grand Budapest Hotel of course - boasts humour, exotic furnishings, quick witted action and a star-studded cast. In one way it’s completely outrageous and in another it’s the most perfect representation of everyday people’s everyday problems. Just on a grander scale.
- Wild (2014)
And now for another focus on self discovery (one of the many pleasures of travelling, after all!) this story documents the journey of trials and tribulations of a woman - played by Reese Witherspoon - who’s recently found herself at a hypothetical crossroad in her life. Through challenging herself to step outside of her comfort zone she bravely discovers new perspective, about the world and about herself. A journey that is, in some way, shape or form, important for us all to take at some point in our lives.
- Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)
We challenge you to find an Italian story that doesn’t swell with romance, even just at the sight of a Tuscan villa. This one also comes armed with spontaneity, self-fulfilment, new challenges and the lure of places unseen… where ever they might be. Throw in the quintessential Italian male and the laidback village lifestyle and… and, well, OK we have a typical chick flick. Totally worth watching!
- Out of Africa (1985)
Award-winning, epic, classic… are a few words that come to mind when we think of this beautiful film. Starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford (swoon!) it takes us to a different time, of war and loss and uncertainty - all based on a true story. Warning, it’s a tear jerker! And so deserving of its seven Academy Awards!
- Lost In Translation (2003)
The boy-meets-girl plot is one we can all get on board with. But how about girl-unhappy-in-relationship meets man-also-unhappy-in-relationship who teaches her about love, and together they experience titillating adventure together in the exotic and hilarious corners of Tokyo? Oh yes. The juxtaposition between serene minimalism and peaceful love, and confronting realities and challenging experiences is so beautifully put together.
- Thelma & Louise (1991)
Another Academy Award winning film, another road trip, and one with two fabulous femmes at the wheel? Oh yes. This is very much one of our all time favourites. When this beauty was released it encountered heavy criticism because it was accused of depicting men in a negative light… slight snigger… What can we say but… girl power! It became a landmark of feminism in film and is considered an official national treasure; officially being recognised for preservation with the National Film Registry. Brb, we’re off to watch it again!
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
There’s a theme, isn’t there. Another star-studded cast, another gloriously opulent hotel. This story really speaks to us, though because it’s about the importance of life after… well, life! That is to say, life doesn’t stop when we reach a certain age or we stop our full time jobs or our children have children. No, no. Cue gossip, scandal, reinvigorated sex lives, mystery and intrigue. This is one of our favourite feel-good movies ever.
- The Beach (2000)
The lure of beautiful beaches, being young, wild and free, and that feeling of wanderlust. That’s what is portrayed in The Beach. And besides, who can go past Leo DiCaprio? Especially as a young, tanned thing. It’s the epitome of adventure. And one that pulls at the heartstrings hard while we can’t simply hop on a plane to paradise. It’s about stepping outside our comfort zones and embracing a simpler existence. Only, if we do manage to achieve this in our own lives we’ll do our very best to avoid being caught up in any sort of underworld….!
So there you have it. 10 movies to give you laughter, light and a sense of exploration during these times of staying still. Find them online, watch them with a special someone and allow your minds to wander. We’ll be right here doing exactly the same.