Sometimes all you want to do is hop on a plane and go somewhere new. Sometimes all you want to do is sit on the sofa and binge-watch movies and sometimes that’s all you can do! This list of 10 wanderlust movies will hopefully inspire you to want to do both and allow you to travel without ever having to leave your home!
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There have been lots of Tomb Raiders over the years and all of them feature some real beauties of locations. There are jungles and deserts and tombs and oceans and cities to discover throughout the franchise that will make you want to get up and go explore.
Split between Jamaica and Canada, this film shows some real extremes in vacation spots. This split of climates is one of the main focuses of the movie and shows supposedly two opposite poles of places to be. Throughout the movie, however, the moral is that people all have hopes and dreams and want to achieve these no matter where they live. This movie always makes me want to travel and live out my dreams the best way I can.
Set in Hawaii this classic rom-com will make you pine for the wide-open spaces and the blue ocean. The film is set initially in a friendly, family-run diner which gives a real authentic taste of Hawaii and inspires you to move away from the big tourist attractions and enjoy some of the real Hawaii.
Another family comedy, Blended focuses on two families who are forced to share the same holiday in Africa. Whilst this movie does show a very touristy side of South Africa, it still opens your eyes to the vast possibilities and pleasures that South Africa has to offer.
A cheeky comedy filled with some big names from Hollywood, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel shows a new side to India using the lens of a group of the older generation. These will make you laugh out loud but also show you the sights and sounds and wonders of India without you ever needing to leave you armchair.
Avatar features many wondrous sights and explores a land of immense beauty and power. Despite this being set on the alien planet, Pandora, and filled with blue Na’vi this film inspires me to go and explore the wild and get back in tune with nature. There are many beautiful rainforests and jungles to discover and explore right here on our own planet.
Whilst this may seem like somewhat of a weird entry to this list, The Hunger Games does have some cracking scenery. The Hunger Games explores the dichotomy of urbanisation, going from a coal-mining village to the Capitol. This is then offset by the rural arena in which the tributes find themselves. The arena is a fictionalised terrain however it still holds some beauty, and whilst it’s probably not the intention, this film makes me want to go and run around the forest with a bow and arrow just like Katniss!
Bridge to Terabithia is a children’s film based on the children’s book of the same name. Terabithia is a magical kingdom two friends invent and play in in the woods near their home. I think that Bridge to Terabithia shows us the importance of exploring one’s own area and the importance of imagination, especially when travelling, or staying home for the holidays, with children. We could all use a little more imagination in our lives.
An animated movie this time, Up focuses on the unlikely story of a man floating his house to paradise. This paradise features a beautiful waterfall, a jungle and stunning animals. The added aesthetic of the hundreds of balloons against the brilliant blue sky makes this a film that will inspire the adventurous side of anyone but especially if you are visiting Disneyland Paris soon!
The Holiday does feature on our Best Holiday Movies list but I feel it still deserves a spot on this list too. Featuring a home swapping system long before Airbnb was a thing, it shows the power of helping others and living a new, better life when you have the freedom to be yourself without the constraints or pressures of your own life. Split between California and Surrey, both beautiful places to visit in their own right, this movie gives you a taste of the different styles of adventure out there and hopefully inspires you to find your favourite place to be too.
The spy who dumped me is a comedy film starring Mila Kunis as Audrey. When her ex-boyfriend, who broke up with her over text, turns up at her house with assassins on his trail she suddenly finds out that he was a spy and is thrust into the middle of an international conspiracy. What ensues next is a crazy adventure with her best friend across Europe to save the world. While the film is fast-paced and features some pretty dangerous situations, it still allows time to enjoy some of the incredible cities and landscapes around Europe.
Based on a true story, Wild focuses on a recently divorced woman as she undertakes a life-changing journey. She heads out to the start of the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern California under-prepared and lacking any kind of outdoor experience. She hikes solo for 1,100 miles of the trek ending at the Colombia River between Wahington and Oregon and as she walks she meets fellow travelers from all walks of life and reflects on her own to begin to discover herself.