10 travel movies to get you through quarantineReading Time: 3 minutes
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in which we live, forcing us to stay close to home. But during our time in quarantine, we can still explore the world by immersing ourselves in the very best travel movies that will also inspire us to travel to new and exciting destinations once our freedom of movement is restored. Below we share 10 travel movies that will get you through quarantine.
1) Eat, Pray, Love
Based on the book of the same name, Eat, Pray, Love is a story of finding yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone. Julia Roberts plays the lead character who decides to travel the world in search of herself after her marriage unravels. You will be transported to the sights, sounds and smells of India, Italy and Indonesia. This is a romantic comedy that will keep you entertained while showcasing the very best of these counties, their cultures and cuisines.
2) Lost in Translation
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson star in this romantic drama that is set in a hotel in Tokyo. Bob is an ageing actor who is in town to promote a whisky commercial. Charlotte is on holiday with her photographer husband who is on an assignment. Bob and Charlotte become friends as they both question the fragility of their marriages. Sit back and take in the wonderful sights of Tokyo during the day and night. You even get to see them eat sushi and sing karaoke!
3) Into the Wild
Into the Wild is one of those travel movies that everyone needs to watch at least once in their lifetime and what better time than in quarantine? Set in Alaska, this film follows Christopher who is a student who drops everything to travel to the wilderness of Alaska. It’s a story about finding yourself and the true meaning of life when you give up your possessions, career and wealth.
4) Roman Holiday
Thus is another movie classic that you simply must add to your quarantine movie list. The film features Audrey Hepburn as a wealthy princess who wants to explore the real life of Rome as a normal person, without the riches and fame attached to her privilege. She is joined on this journey to self-discovery by a journalist, played by Gregory Peck, who acts as her tour guide. What you get is a funny, romantic film that allows you to take in the wonders of Rome.
5) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
If you haven’t yet seen an Indiana Jones film then you need to add this film to your list of quarantine movies. Harrison Ford stars as Doctor Jones, an archaeologist who just loves adventure. He travels across Egypt, Nepal and Peru to search for the Ark, encountering many dangers along the way.
When you mention the word ‘Wild’ people usually ask if your favourite is the book or film. We love the film, but we also recommend that you read the book. This movie tells the story of Cheryl Strayed who decides to walk the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother and the breakdown of her marriage.
7) The Beach
This is another book-to-film adaptation, from the title of the same name by Alex Garland. If you want to watch a truly authentic backpacker film that showcases the highs and lows of island living within Thailand, then this is the film for you. It is visually stunning with a gripping story-line.
This is a real gem of a film that tugs at the heartstrings. It tells the tale of an older woman, Edie, who decides to climb Mount Suilven in the Scottish Highlands after the death of her husband. This is against the wishes of her daughter. Edie seeks the assistance of a young man, Jonny, who works in the local camping shop.
9) Letters to Juliet
If you want to watch a travel romance then this is the one for you. The story begins in Verona at the famous wall where visitors leave love letters under Juliet’s balcony. The story then takes us around Tuscany in the search for lost love.
10) Seven Years in Tibet
Finally, we end with a classic. This is the story of Heinrich Harrer, a mountain climber who in 1943 escapes a POW camp to travel across the Himalayas where he meets the Dalai Lama. Soak up the sights and atmosphere of Argentina and Chile where the movie was filmed.