Travel the World from Your Couch. 6 Movies That Will Ignite Your Wanderlust

Whether you’re giddy about an upcoming trip or wishing you could travel, these movies will help pacify your wanderlust soul.

1: Under the Tuscan Sun

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Under the Tuscan Sun follows protagonist Frances Mayes, who learns her boyfriend had been cheating on her. While battling depression, Mayes’ friend encourages her to travel to Italy, where she makes new companions, purchases a Tuscan villa, and rediscovers the meaning of life. The film’s backdrop is perfect for viewers with a trip to Tuscany planned.

2: Eat, Pray, Love

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The movie Eat, Pray, Love features Julia Roberts as Liz Gilbert, a woman who discovers that her life is not as flawless as she presumed. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Liz resorts to traveling, hoping to find life’s meaning. The 2010 film is based on a memoir by American journalist Elizabeth Gilbert. 

3: “Before Sunrise”

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“Before Sunrise” is the first installment of the Before Trilogy and was released in January 1995. The storyline revolves around an American named Jesse, portrayed by Ethan Hawke, and Celine, played by Julie Delpy, as they spend one night in Vienna before returning home. Their bond grows overnight, and they face a difficult choice come morning.

4: Roman Holiday

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Roman Holiday features Audrey Hepburn as a princess undercover in Rome. Her character tries to stay incognito but befriends an American reporter who realizes her identity. The black and white film showcases how the Eternal City looked in 1953.

5: Little Miss Sunshine

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Little Miss Sunshine is a beloved road trip movie released in 2006, grossing over $100 million. The plot follows the Hoover Family as they set off in their Volkswagen to support their daughter in her attempt to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The movie showcases areas in the US like New Mexico and California.

6: Into the Wild

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Into the Wild showcases recent graduate Christoper McCandless as he gives away all he owns to hitchhike across North America toward Alaska. The movie features iconic landmarks like Lake Tahoe, the Colorado River, and more. Be ready for a wild ride, for much of the film is riddled with twists and turns.

Travel Movies Are Trending

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According to The Internet Movie Database, an estimated eight million films about travel exist today.


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In the early 1920s, 3D films made their debut to the public. “The Power of Love” was a notable example of this. Despite some dispute over the timeline of 3D movies, the 1920 film preceded the golden age of cinema by three decades.

The Golden Age of Cinema

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In the 1930s and 1940s, there was a significant increase in the popularity of films that captured many Americans’ attention. This period became known as the ‘Golden Age of Cinema,’ producing household names like Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor.

A New Beginning

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During the early days of film, movies were only presented in black and white. It wasn’t until the release of “The Wizard of Oz” in 1939 that filmmakers started experimenting with color.

Cali Living

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Los Angeles’ movie scene dates back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. California is a highly sought-after destination for film production, with over 1,800 movie production companies in the state.

Famous Movie Locations

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Many movies use specific locations in different states as their filming sites. Central Park is a popular spot for filming in New York, thanks to movies like “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Home Alone 2.”

6 Countries Americans Can Travel to Without a Passport

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Can’t get a passport in time for your trip? Check out these countries Americans can travel to without a passport.

6 Countries Americans Can Travel to Without a Passport

32 Books to Fuel Your Wanderlust

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Treat yourself to armchair travel or get motivated to visit a new destination with these must-reads.

32 Books to Fuel Your Wanderlust

The Secret to Never Paying an ATM Fee Abroad (It Works!)

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While waiting to take your trip, don’t miss out on the easy trick to landing free ATM withdrawals in over 200 countries. Domestic travelers in the U.S. can save hundreds of dollars on ATM fees too.

Never Pay an ATM Fee Abroad Again With This Trick

17 Bloggers That Quit Their Jobs to Travel

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Do you dream about quitting your job to travel the world? Read the raw and heartwarming stories of travel bloggers who were in your shoes.

17 Bloggers That Quit Their Jobs to Travel

15 Most Charming East Coast Small Towns

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Are you planning a trip to the east coast? These must-see charming small towns offer history, nature, and relaxation.

15 Can’t-Miss Charming East Coast Small Towns

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