So as we all know so well at this point, the world are currently on the brink of certain pandemic virus called COVID-19. Precaution is mandatory during this moments, but excessive panic is not necessary. Several countries have issued a stay-at-home policy for weeks or months, and it can hinder with your plan to holiday travel plan. But worry not, and look at the bright side! To help rekindle your wanderlust soul, here we have curated 10 travel/journey movies to watch while staying in. So, don’t fret just yet and gather fresh inspiration for your next trip through these visual treats!
1. The World Is Big And Salvation Lurks Around Its Corner (2008)
A heartfelt journey to unravel cultural identity and reattach lost memory via a tandem bicycle, The World Is Big And Salvation Lurks Around Its Corner is a Bulgarian masterpiece by director Stefan Komandarev. The story revolves around a small family who flees their home country to escape the oppressive regime and live their peaceful life in Germany. One day, a fatal accident kills both husband and wife, leaving their only son, Alexander as sole survivor. Alex, now in his early thirties, is deeply traumatized by the event that kills both of his parents, so the family’s closed friend, Bai Dan (Miki Manojlovic), proposed a journey back from Germany to Bulgaria on a two-seater bicycle to restore his spirit. Beside the heartfelt story, the movie feature many panoramic shot of European’s countryside; green meadow, clear blue sky and solemn road that will surely re-enact your passion for travelling once again.
2. Into The Wild (2007)
Based on true story, Into The Wild take us into the journey and disappearance of Christoper “Alexander Supertramp” McCandless in Alaskan wilderness. You can view his journey as poetic or foolish, but there’s no denying that there is an essential sense of beauty and desolation in this Sean Penn directed semi-fictional biopic. Emile Hirsch give one of his best performance as Chris McCandless, giving weight on the character’s every action in the movie, from kayaking in Colorado River, summit on snowy peaks, to the last enthralling moments before his life eventually perished in the gorgeously wild Alaskan nature. This movie will inspire you to grab your bag and backpack to explore the world off-its-beaten-path.
3. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
A light-hearted story to watch together with your loved ones, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty tells a story of the titular Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), who live a common (boring) life as magazine editor. To cope with his basic life, Walter creates an imaginary world where he becomes a hero, until one day, a request by his manager give him the chance to embark on a real adventure. This holiday comedy gem features plethora of incredible travel destinations; from Himalaya to Afghanistan, and has been widely-acclaimed as a movie that has inspires thousands of people to travel, out of their bustling daily activity and comfort zone. There’s no reason not to watch this movie, especially if you are an avid travel enthusiast.
4. Euro Trip (2004)
Vulgar and dirty yet extremely fun and hilarious, Euro Trip is definitely not a movie you would watch with your children around. Portraying a tale of college kid who travels across Europe in search of his German pen pal, Euro Trip is more ‘American Pie’ than ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. Featuring towns in several countries across Europe; from Amsterdam, Bratislava, Manchester to Vatican The film’s strongest point is the main character’s act to outmoron each other during their journey, and also the supporting role they meet along the road, including the over-the-top creepy Italian guy (played by Fred Armisen), who immortalize the infamous ‘Mi Scusi’ phrase. The movie also features some big name cast of early 00’s; including Kristin Kreuk, Matt Damon, Lucy Lawless and Vinnie Jones.
5. Wild (2014)
Another one based on true event, Wild is a story of a young writer Cheryl Strayed, who sets on a 1100 miles journey, hoping to recover from the devastating loss of her mother. Played beautifully by Reese Witherspoon, Wild showcases plenty gorgeous scenes throughout USA’s Pacific Northwest. This beautiful movie also subtly reminds us that life is more about the journey than destination. A truly underrated masterpiece worth viewing.
6. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
A leisurely adaptation of Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Gilbert’s best-seller memoir, Eat, Pray, Love is a story about one American woman’s pilgrimage to rediscover herself after a big, bad divorce. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, she embarks on a quest that takes her to several places across two continents; including Bali, Indonesia. Directed by Ryan Murphy, the movie’s picturesque shot of Bali’s gorgeous nature and fascinating culture (Ubud in particular) has largely positive effect in the nation’s tourism in general. If you’re feeling ‘stuck’ while staying in Bali during this moments, the movie will remind you about a beautiful place you’re actually in right now.
7. Lost In Translation (2003)
Have you ever felt alienated in a place where everything, from culture, language to social norm are so different than yours? Lost In Translation captures those daunting feeling perfectly into an enticing movie. Chronicling the budding friendship between two Americans stranded in Tokyo, Japan (played by the legendary Bill Murray and pre-MCU fame Scarlett Johansson), the movie shot beautifully in typical director Sofia Coppola fashion. From the upmarket Park Hyatt hotel to the neon-filled karaoke bars and streets, the movie’s gorgeous shot and energy will make you crave for a trip to Japan. But more importantly, it is a somber portrayal of loneliness in a crowded place; something that we all can occasionally relate in our daily life.
8. A Walk In The Woods (2015)
A movie based on a ‘true story’ book by Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail tells about a writer / newbie hiker who has very few experience but planned to conquer the notorious Appalachian Trail; which spans about 2200 miles (3500 kilometers) across 14 states on United States’ East Coast. For those who think this as a tragic-drama type of movie, worry not, as A Walk In The Woods is actually funny, entertaining, and filled with panoramic scenery that will definitely challenges you to get up of your couch and take a hike of your own. The movie is also supported by ensemble cast; such as Academy Award winner Robert Redford and Emma Thompson, and also Academy Award Nominee Nick Nolte.
9. Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)
Take place in rural Tuscany, Under The Tuscan Sun tells an appealing story from the eye of a woman, Frances (Diane Lane), who decided to buy a villa in Tuscany, Italy after her marriage fells apart. Diane Lane’s typically sparky performance and a strong script elevated what might otherwise have been more run-of-the-mill rom-com fare, but the lavish landscape, architecture and culture are what mostly draws the audience. We know that we will not visit the country anytime soon due to the pandemic break, but a solid holiday plan in-advance wouldn’t hurt, right?
10. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Travelling with family can feel like home for some and nightmare for others, but a story revolving around family road trip is always amusing to watch. Little Miss Sunshine takes on the brighter side of dysfunctionality in a family and turns it into a heartwarming journey; filled with humor, nostalgia and pleasant vibe. Telling the tale of the Hoover family; husband, wife, grandfather uncle (played by Steve Carrell) and oldest son who crammed together in a vintage VW bus, setting aside their differences to support their beloved daughter (pre-fame, adorable Abigail Breslin) who try her bid to win Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest in California. Hilarity ensues as everyone’s sanity is tested as they are forced to sit in limited, four-wheels space across the long and winding interstate road.