Since it’s February and while I’d love to go on a fabulous trip right now, I don’t have any travel planned for several months. So, in the meantime, I’ve been diving into some of my favorite movies about travel. Since I’m guessing there are a few other readers out there who are also suffering from the winter blues mixed with unfulfilled wanderlust, here are a few movies to tide you over until your next trip somewhere cool:
Midnight in Paris – Midnight in Paris is one of my absolute favorite movies. First, it takes place in Paris, perhaps the most beautiful and romantic place in the world. And second, not only do you get to see modern Paris, you also get to see Paris during its most fabulous decade: the Roaring Twenties.
The Hundred-Food Journey – A story about an immigrant family from India who starts a restaurant in France and whose son becomes a magnificent chef, this story will make you want to quit your day job and become a chef too – or at least dine at a Michelin-star restaurant every day.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty takes a man who has spent his life dreaming of adventure on an adventure of a lifetime. Destinations include Iceland and the Himalayas, which are, of course, breathtaking. If you spend your days daydreaming about travel, this is a movie for you.
Chef – In another movie about food, the chef in question receives a terrible review at his upscale restaurant in New York, and ultimately leaves and begins a food truck business with his son. They travel the country, serving up delicious Cubano sandwiches and other delicacies. ¡Qué delicioso!
Under the Tuscan Sun – While I do recommend reading Under the Tuscan Sun over the movie, it is wonderful to be able to view the incredible towns and landscapes of Italy. And if you are a fan of architecture, history, or design, seeing Bramasole, the main character’s Tuscan home, is really a treat.
On the Road – For anyone who’s read the great Jack Kerouac novel (so, most travel aficionados) this is a must-watch. While the movie does deal with the darker aspects of the characters’ lives, it will remind you to live life to the fullest, to see as much as possible while doing so, and to take chances.
Romancing the Stone – For any romance-fans trying to rope someone who isn’t into watching a romance with you, this is the movie to watch to do so. The romance author at the center of the story finds herself in a real-life adventure and ensuing romance in Cartagena. The movie was made in the eighties, but it holds up even now.
Catch Me If You Can – Simply put, it’s easy to travel the world when pretending to be a pilot. If you’re looking for a travel movie with a hint of danger to it, Catch Me If You Can is a great choice. Just don’t get any ideas . . .
Wild – For anyone itching to get away from it all, Wild is a great movie. It will inspire you to head into the wilderness and get back to nature, and to take time to reflect upon your life. It’s also a reminder that with enough willpower, most things are possible, especially grand adventures.
The Grand Budapest Hotel – This Wes Anderson movie is a fun one, telling the story of a former lobby boy’s adventures stemming from his work at the Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s worth a watch just to see the beautiful hotel and the landscapes of Europe.