Virus spreading gleefully. Quarantined at home. Travel plans on hold. Yep, life is bleak. If you’re a travel maniac and your bucket list has now gathered dust, here’s a way to cope! Curl up inside your favourite blanky with a mug of hot coffee and watch some travel movies. Here are a few of my favourites to get you started.
Eat, Pray, Love
Originally a book by Elizabeth Gilbert, it covers the journey of Gilbert from a lost soul to finding meaning in her life. Starring Julia Roberts, the movie covers three locations- Italy, India and Bali. And it’s not just about site seeing. Each place holds meaning and helps the character get back on her feet. You’ll fall in love with the streets and language and drool over the food that Roberts gobbles down in Italy. In India, it’s all calmness and finding inner peace in an ashram. And finally in the gorgeous island of Bali, it’s party, drinks, spirituality and love.
The Bucket List
This movie will have you laughing at one point and crying in the next. Jack Nicolson and Morgan Freeman pair up in The Bucket List as two terminally ill patients. Freeman is a mechanic with a family and an ordinary life, while Nicolson’s character is a super billionaire- divorcee. They create a bucket list that takes them to India, China, Egypt, Tanzania, France and the US. The movie is filled with hilarious as well as emotional moments that remind you that life is short and you need to go out there and grab your dreams.
Into the Wild
Like Eat, Pray, Love, Into the Wild was originally a book by Jon Krakauer, based on the true story of Christopher McCandless. In the movie, McCandless’s character is played by Emile Hirsch. The protagonist was an elite student at university and upon graduating, gave away what money he had to charity and went on to hike North America with minimal supplies. You can watch Hirsch hike across North America into the Alaskan wilderness and survive by his wits with the supplies he has with him. On his journey, he meets several people who inspire a lot of things in him and in us too. The movie ends on a tragic note, as in the book, when McCandless eats some poisonous root in the wild and dies.
Call Me by Your Name
The movie is based on the book of the same name by André Aciman. Call Me by Your Name isn’t a typical travel movie, but I just couldn’t resist adding it to the list. The movie portrays a beautiful and sensual love affair between a teenage boy and an older man. Timothée Chalamet plays the seventeen year old Elio, while Armie Hammer plays Oliver, a 24-year-old graduate student assistant to Elios father, an archaeology professor. The movie is set in Italy and if you weren’t gushing over the country’s beauty enough already, then watch the movie! The streets and natural beauty will awaken not just your wanderlust, but also the hopeless romantic in you to take your beloved and move to Italy.
Zindagi na Milegi Dobara
The movie stars Hrithik Roshan as Arjun, Abhay Deol as Kabir and Farhan Akhtar as Imran. They play the role of three childhood buddies who reunite for a three week bachelor trip when Kabir gets engaged. Locations in the movie include Spain, India, Egypt and the United Kingdom. On the road, each of these three friends go through some significant changes and discover the true meaning of life, love and letting yourself go. Hilarious, entertaining and emotional, the movie inspires you to face your fears and to take life a little less seriously. You only live once, so go after your dreams, live, laugh and love.
While Queen isn’t exactly a travel movie, it certainly does depict every girl’s dream. To travel solo, meet new people and discover new things about yourself. That’s what Rani, played by Kangana Ranaut, does in the movie. After her marriage is called off by her fiancé, she decides to go on her honeymoon- alone- to Paris and Amsterdam. She transforms from a
timid girl into this vibrant, happy and independent person who astounds her ex- fiancé, family and most of all herself. She learns to be brave, makes new friends, and learns to handle things alone. She realizes that she wants more from life other than marriage, and she ends up thanking her ex- fiancé for letting her go while he begs her to take him back.