Sometimes, all it takes is watching a beautifully made movie that takes place in a new, exotic place to catch that travel bug. There are several movies that do that to us, so here are the top flicks that we think will inspire you to travel.
Lost in Translation
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson play two strangers who meet in Tokyo in an unlikely series of events. Murray plays Bob Harris, an aging movie star, and Johansson plays Charlotte, a conflicted newlywed. The two meet in a local Tokyo bar, spend a few days together, and a bond is formed that would end up meaning much more than anything else in life. We love the Tokyo lights, and we’re inspired by the beauty of two strangers helping each other answer life’s most difficult questions.
The Endless Summer
The 60s hit “The Endless Summer” follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave (i.e. everyone young person’s dream come true). The two surfers have the time of their lives surfing, but perhaps the most valuable part of all of it involves their cultural immersion and meeting several colorful locals along the way. We love the idea of chasing your dream in a way that shuttles you around the world, and we love the unity that forms between strangers when open-mindedness is a common ground.
Under the Tuscan Sun
What’s not to love about this movie, which embodies every girl’s fantasy to ditch stable and predictable in favor of passion and new life? The movie tells the story of Frances Mayes, a literature professor, who’s world is turned upside down when her husband filed for divorce. Rather than wallow in self-pity, Frances books a flight to Tuscany and impulsively purchases a fixer-upper villa which she wants desperately to connect with emotionally. Along the way, romance occurs as she meets a local who wants to help her achieve her dreams with her new villa. We love the sparks of romance that fly on such an unexpected trip to one of the most romantic places in the world.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
John Candy and Steve Martin do not disappoint in this 80s comedy about a man named Neal Page (Martin) who just wants to get home for Thanksgiving. When his flight is canceled, he decides to make his way across the country with quite the obnoxious character named Del Griffith (Candy). We love the comedy and heartfelt moments that occur when two strangers commit to traveling together in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
Eat Pray Love
Julia Roberts stars in this incredible movie based on the book about a married woman who realizes just how unhappy she is in her marriage, and decides to take off on a journey around the world to “find herself”. Our eyes are opened to true happiness when we see Liz Gilbert (Roberts) eat fantastic foods in Italy, discover the power of prayer in India, and realize true love for the first time in Bali. Who wouldn’t want to travel after watching this flick?
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