I’ve been watching a lot of movies while “Sheltering in Place” here in New York City. If you watch the news, you must think that everyone is dead here and that it’s complete anarchy. It’s not. There are a lot of people here who are sick, but there are a lot of people here in general. So, please, stop watching the news. The movies that I’ve been binging are mostly horror movies.
But I wanted to give you an updated list of movies that made me want to travel and will hopefully inspire you to check out these places, too (when we’re allowed to travel again that is!).
- Eat, Pray, Love: I know this is so cliche, but I love this movie and it takes you from New York to Rome to India to Bali. And how can you not love Julia Roberts? I wish someone would pay me a large book advance to go live abroad for a year, am I right?!
- The Prince & Me: Again, I apologize. This is a cheesy early 2000’s RomCom with Julia Stiles (who I love) and it’s about how she falls in love with the Crown Prince of Denmark who’s posing a ‘commoner’ at her university in Wisconsin. This movie SO made me want to visit Copenhagen, and then I did, so there!
- The Woman in Gold: This is a very serious movie, and not funny at all, but it inspired me to pack my bags and head to Vienna. This movie tells the story of a woman’s fight to get her aunt’s painting back that was stolen by the Nazis when they invaded Austria during World War II. (Read more about that here!)
- The Zookeeper’s Wife: Another very somber World War II movie. This takes place in Warsaw, Poland and although it didn’t inspire me to travel to Warsaw (I went there before this movie was released), it’ll give you a glimpse of what Warsaw was like before it was decimated during the war.
- Wild: If you like hiking, and identify as a woman, this is your movie. I saw this and even though I despise hiking and the outdoors, I really enjoyed this one. If you like hiking, you may even find this one inspiration!
- Midnight in Paris: I saw this movie at an independent theatre on a date with a guy who turned out to be an alcoholic, but I really enjoyed this movie. I had already been to Paris twice, but if I hadn’t, I would definitely have wanted to go after seeing this.
- Across the Universe: This trippy movie using new arrangements of music from The Beatles would give me serious FOMO about visiting New York City if I didn’t live here. This movie got some flack when it came out, but I love it.
- Crazy Rich Asians: I’ve still never been to any countries in Asia, but after seeing this movie back in 2018, I was on Google Flights and looking up how much a premium class flight ticket was roundtrip to Singapore and back. Obviously, I’ve never made the trip, but it’s still on my list because of this movie!
- Midsommar: This batshit crazy movie takes place in a remote village in Sweden during their summer solstice celebration and they absolutely make it seem like a lovely place to visit during the summer (sans the human sacrifices).
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi: This Netflix documentary takes you inside one of the most famous places to get sushi in a restaurant that’s inside a Tokyo metro station (really). You’ll learn about how 3-Michelin starred chef Jiro Ono perfected his craft and why he never takes a sick day. You’ll definitely be wanting to make a reservation (if you can get one) and book a flight to Tokyo after watching this documentary.
- BONUS: Hostel: Okay, this might make you want to travel LESS and admittedly, I’ve never seen Hostel before because I’ve heard it’s brutal, but it’s about a hostel stay gone awry at a hostel in Bratislava. Let me just say: The hostels I stay in are not like this one at all.
That’s my list! What’re your favorite travel movies? Let me know below! Hope you’re staying safe (and sane) during this crazy time!