7 Movies to Watch Right Now to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Alexis Morales

Have you ever seen a movie that made you want to immediately hop on a plane and fly across the world? You’re not the only one! Movies have the amazing ability to transport almost anywhere, teaching us about not only the world around us but about ourselves too. You can travel from the Trevi Fountain in Rome to the Sydney Opera House to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa all in one day! And during a time when physical travel may not be an option, we can experience so much from the comfort of our house. Here are the 7 best movies that are sure to get you planning your next trip.

Wild (2014)

This biographical adventure film is based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. In a search for clarity after the loss of her mother, the main character sets off by herself to hike over 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail with no experience and little preparation. Through this experience, she learns the journey is sometimes more important than the destination.  

Eat Pray Love (2010)

An adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat Pray Love follows a woman’s quest for self-discovery and fulfillment. She discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Indonesia.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy based on Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel of the same title. It features some of Singapore’s most beautiful locations, from the Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to Chijems, a restored 19th-century Gothic chapel. This film showcases many vibrant hotspots travelers need to check out!

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Despite the name, this film actually takes place in Zubrowka, a dreamy fictional country imagined by Wes Anderson. But that doesn’t mean I‘m not dreaming of visiting the European fairytale town. The castle atop the hill and snowy landscape make it seem like a children’s story come alive. 

Mamma Mia & Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2008 and 2018)

These jukebox musicals are set in Kalokairi, a fictional Greek island that is actually Skopelos. While the plots center on a young bride-to-be, the three men who may be her father, and then her mother’s first meetings with these men, the audience can’t help but notice the gorgeous views of the fine-sand beaches, rocky cliffs, and pine forests along the coast.

Ibiza: Love Drunk (2018)

In this feel-good romantic comedy, a 30-year-old’s quick business trip to Barcelona turns into a weekend in Ibiza with her party-hard best friends and a flirty encounter with a famous DJ turns into something more. Filmed in Croatia, this film showcases Ibiza’s notorious nightlife and stunning beach towns.

The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

Based on the Disney television show with the same name, this teen comedy tells the story of Lizzie’s graduation trip to Rome, Italy with her fellow graduates. A case of mistaken identity and a failed love story aside, the soon-to-be high schoolers have an amazing time exploring the city, visiting sights like the Trevi Fountain, and spending a night at the Colosseum watching the Italian Music Awards. A little far fetched? Maybe but hey now, this is what dreams are made of!