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15 Movies That Give Us Major Wanderlust

Winter blues got you down? We’re already dreaming of our next vacation. In between cultivating our travel board on Pinterest and casually browsing Lonely Planet for destination ideas, we’re re-watching a bunch of wanderlust-inducing films that make us want to grab our passports and hop on the next plane out of town. Here’s hoping they’ll inspire you too!


1. Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight

Who hasn’t dreamt about meeting a fascinating stranger on a train and roaming around Europe with them? Before Sunrise made us want to spend all night in Vienna, Before Sunset made us want to spend all day in Paris, and Before Midnight made us want to spend the summer in Greece.

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2. Eat, Pray, Love

The ultimate leave-everything-behind-and-travel-the-world movie. Julia Roberts plays a woman who drops everything to chow down in Italy, find spirituality in India and fall in love in Bali, Indonesia. We’re quietly making plans to do the same.

3. Midnight in Paris

In this Woody Allen fantasy flick, Owen Wilson travels back in time in Paris every night – first to the 1920s, then to the 1890s. We’re more enthralled with the shots of modern day Paris, because sadly time travel isn’t possible.

4. P.S. I Love You 

They actually have tours in Ireland that take you past the “P.S. I Love You bridge” in County Wicklow. When Hilary Swank’s character travels to her late husband’s hometown in Ireland, we wanted to get right on a plane and join her for a pint of Guinness.

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5. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

We dare you to watch this movie and NOT want to book a trip to Santorini ASAP. The four girls make important discoveries about life and love on the Greek island, but we were too busy ogling the scenery and calling our travel agent.

6. Under the Tuscan Sun

Diane Lane plays a divorced writer who buys a villa in Tuscany, Italy on a whim. We might not have the means to go that far, but a nice vacation there would suit us just fine.

7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitt

This film will make you want to go on an adventure – particularly to Iceland. Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) travels there in search of a missing photograph and the scenery could not look more beautiful. Waterfalls, volcanoes and geysers? That’s an adventure we’d gladly take.

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8. Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn plays an unhappy princess who escapes her royal duties to explore Rome. She chops off her hair, enjoys gelato, and goes on a moped ride with Gregory Peck. We want to do all of those things. Is there a Roman Holiday tour we can book?

9. A Royal Affair

This historical drama is set in 18th century Denmark and follows Princess Caroline Matilda’s affair with the royal physician. Not only will you learn a thing or two about Danish history, but you’ll be itching to visit Copenhagen by the movie’s end.

10. Letters to Juliet

Amanda Seyfried travels to Verona, Italy, the setting of Romeo & Juliet. There she helps an old woman reunite with her long lost love, and falls for the woman’s grandson in the process. We’d go on a love-seeking mission in Verona any day!

11. In Bruges

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson play two Irish hitmen sent to Bruges, Belgium on assignment. Farrell’s character complains about the city incessantly, but it looked incredible to us!

12. The Lord of the Rings trilogy

These films were set in a fictional land, obviously. But everyone knows they were filmed on location in New Zealand. And everyone who’s seen the films wants to visit New Zealand immediately. Can you blame them?

13. Tracks

Mia Wasikowska plays a woman who travels across the Australian desert for nine months, with some camels and not much else. While we don’t recommend this treacherous (not to mention lonely) journey, it does showcase some beautiful Australian landscapes. We certainly wouldn’t mind taking a trip Down Under.

14. The Bourne movies

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) traverses the world throughout the first three films (we’ll choose to forget when Jeremy Renner tried to take over the franchise) and if you pay attention, you’ll notice some really awesome scenery in between all the quick action shots. Paris, Prague, Mykonos, Goa – you name it, Bourne has probably punched someone there.

15. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

This movie taught us that there’s no better place to get over a breakup than Hawaii. The beaches alone could make even the saddest person forget their heartbreak.

What movies give YOU wanderlust? What’s your favorite place to travel? Tell us on Twitter and Facebook!

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