These 7 Travel Movies Will help you Explore New Places Without Leaving Your Couch

The itch to travel is tough to head off, especially when you aren't really allowed to travel anywhere due to COVID-19. But movies are a solid alternative to ease any aching wanderlust.

when you can’t physically stroll though the sun-drenched streets of Paris or hitchhike to the Alaskan wilderness, you'll do so vicariously through compelling characters who, honestly, may have a more enthralling experience than you ever would IRL. There’s truly no shortage of travel films, but these works do the cities they portray justice.

Roman Holiday

 Entirely shot in Rome, this classic black and white film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck will have you longing for an epic romance in a far-off city. This fairy tale between royalty and a commoner–a European princess and an American reporter–paired with humor will not disappoint.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Have you ever felt nostalgia for an era you didn’t live through? This movie tackles that idealized yearning through a screenwriter, played by Owen Wilson, who finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight while on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family.

 Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)


Going on a tour of Italy after you discover your husband is cheating on you seems like the right response. In this rom-com, a new divorcée does just that, and takes it one step further by impulsively buying a rural Tuscan villa to start her new life in. It’s a struggle at first, but meeting a hot Italian man makes up for it. 

 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The vibrant set designs alone will draw you to this film. Set in the 1930s, it follows the concierge and lobby boy of a popular European ski resort where the service goes above and beyond–including meeting the sexual needs of some of its guests. When one of the concierge’s lovers dies, he is left with a priceless painting and becomes the suspect in her murder.  

Spectre (2015)

In the 24th James Bond film, as with most of the others, the British secret agent crosses several borders with each location fully action-packed. The film opens in Mexico City and hits Austria, Italy, Morocco, and, of course, the U.K. throughout. 

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)


ICYMI, this rom-com features gorgeous views of Singapore and Malaysia. It follows Rachel Chu, who discovers her boyfriend Nick comes from a filthy rich family when she accompanies him to Singapore for a wedding. How can a girl find a man like that? Asking for a friend.

Into The Wild (2007)

After graduating college, Christopher McCandless decides to forgo a profitable career and money from his wealthy parents in favor of a solo journey to the Alaskan wilderness. Along the way, he stops in the wheat fields of South Dakota, rafts down the Colorado River, and encounters people from all walks of life.

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