A few weeks ago, none of us would have thought that bustling tourist attractions will be deserted and that millions upon millions of people around the globe will be forced to stay confined in their homes in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). But now that it is a reality most of us have to face, travel-loving folk couldn’t help but daydream of adventures and getaways while in quarantine.
Fortunately, you can still visit (or revisit) your dream destinations through films. Here, we list down a handful of our favorite travel flicks that will bring lots of laughs, tears, and feels:
Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
Based on the best-selling memoir of Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love tells the journey of the author (Julia Roberts) through love lost and found across the globe; eating her way through the epicurean paradise that is Italy, learning about the power of prayer in vibrant India, and finding inner peace and true love in the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), a Life magazine employee whose job is on the line, tries to escape the mundane through a larger-than-life adventure that will tag you along on a trip from the streets ofNew York City to Greenland to Iceland and all the way to the Himalayas, while completing an important mission for the publication’s final print issue.
Before Sunrise Trilogy
An epic love story that spans 18 years, the Before Sunrise Trilogy begins on a train traveling across Europe and follows Jesse (Ethan Hawke), an American man, and Celine (Julie Delpy), a French woman. Together, they exchange their philosophies on life while strolling down the cobblestonestreets of Vienna(Before Sunrise, 1995), then in the romantic city of Paris(Before Sunset, 2004), and finally, inMessenia, Greece(Before Midnight, 2013).
Roman Holiday (1953)
A princess goes AWOL and is whisked on an unforgettablejourney through Rome on a Vespa—no less—with a newsman. A true classic, this black-and-white Audrey Hepburn-starrer is among the most memorable travel rom-coms ever.
Into The Wild (2007)
Based on a true story, Into The Wild chronicles the adventure of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), a fresh grad who swapped all his possessions for the ultimate hitchhiking trip across American wilderness in the early 90s. Poignant and downright reflective, this film will make you weigh the worth of your wanderlust pursuits.
A visual treat of a movie, Amélie is a modern French fairytale that will lure you into the imaginative world of a young waitress (Audrey Tautou) who is on a quest to help people find joy and happiness, unknowingly leading herself to her own love story.
The Darjeeling Limited
A year after the death of their father, three estranged brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman) come together and set out for the ultimate rail journeyin India, rekindling their lost bond. Coupled with director Wes Anderson’s signature distinctive visual storytelling, characterized by dreamy and vibrant color palettes, shapes, patterns, and landscapes.
Crazy Rich Asians
Based on the internationally bestselling novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians made quite a buzz when it hit the big screens in 2018. The Hollywood blockbuster introduces viewers to Rachel, a professor, who is suddenly plunged into her boyfriend’s high-society life. Featuring an all-Asian cast, it is a display of luxury and grandeur set against the backdrop of the dynamic Lion City Singapore(featuring iconic locations such as Gardens by the Bay, Newton Food Centre, and Raffles Hotel—among many others) as well as other neighboring locations like Penang and Langkawi in Malaysia.
Embark on your own Crazy Rich Asians-themed trip with the help ofthis 2-day itinerary!
*Featured image via Fox Searchlight Pictures