Have you found yourself developing the travellers itch? Are you longing to kick down your front door, suitcase in hand, and run out into the wilderness?
If you’re a wandering wanderlust who’s yearning to get back out on the road, you’re not alone. It’s an incredibly difficult time for everyone right now and it’s even harder knowing we can’t open our laptop and book a one way ticket out of here. We’ve got to sit this one out, however long it takes, but these films might help curb, or simply ignite, your love of the road.
From road trip adventures to journeys of self-discovery, here’s 10 films that’ll make you want to get back on the road as soon as lockdown ends.
Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
Reignite your love affair with travelling with the help of Julia Roberts in this biographical romance. Based on the 2006 memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, you’ll follow the journey of rediscovery that Elizabeth, played by Roberts, takes as she uncovers three entirely different cultures and overcomes her divorce. Expect sensational shots of Italy and its vibrant cuisine, learn about spirituality during her months in India and find balance as she slowly falls in love again in Bali.
Into The Wild (2007)
Have you ever longed to get up and escape the mundanities of everyday life? Or, felt trapped in your monotonous corporate job? Maybe all we need is one little push in the right direction and we’ll be journeying into the wilderness, never looking back.
Into The Wild is based on a true story, and follows Christopher McCandless as he hikes across North America and into the wilderness of Alaska. Although the ending is slightly sad (no spoilers), you’ll still find yourself falling in love with the rural side of America that we often don’t see.
One girl, four camels and a dog.
Ever had the urge to run off into the outback and trek for 1,700 miles across the Australian desert? Um, as much as backpacking around Australia sounds dreamy, this sounds a little extreme. Either way though, it makes one hell of a story, which is probably why National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) decides to document the adventurous Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) on her heated journey.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
“Life is about courage and going into the unknown.” – Cheryl Melhoff
We all have dreams and sometimes they’re left unexplored, but when Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) has the opportunity to drop his mundane everyday life for an epic adventure, he hesitates and then takes it in his stride. Follow this hilarious comedy-drama and uncover a new side to travel and watch nature come to life before your very eyes.
A Walk In The Woods (2015)
Proving you’re never too old to grab your adventuring dreams by their cords is A Walk in the Woods.
Award-winning author Bill Bryson, played by Robert Redford, takes up the challenge of hiking the Appalachian Trail. All sounds fine but we forgot to mention he’s well into his 60s. Completing the trail is hard enough for those in their 20s, but Bill is confident he’ll be able to embark on this new adventure. While his wife, played by Emma Thompson, objects to this, saying he can only go if he goes it with someone else. Eventually he ends up having to contact his old friend Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) who is somewhat of a liability. Watch this unconventional friendship enter a new dimension as well as falling in love with New Hampshire in all of its natural beauty.
The Beach (2000)
You won’t just be falling in love with the beautiful Thai coastal islands, you’ll be reigniting your love with a rather dreamy, young Leonardo DiCaprio.
Based on the hit novel by Alex Garland, Danny Boyle’s The Beach follows a young American guy, Richard (DiCaprio) as he sets out on a backpacking adventure to Thailand. After meeting a young french couple, Françoise and Étienne, they head off in search of a hidden beach and lagoon that he was told of by a man named Daffy.
The beach is supposedly preserved and untainted by human hands, but as they begin settling into their new life with the couple and the small community of individuals on the uninhabited island, things turn slightly sour. Regardless of what happens on this little island, you’ll easily fall head of heels for its ornate beauty.
Thelma and Louise (1991)
One film that’ll get you wanting to head out on that American roadtrip you’ve always dreamt about is Thelma and Louise.
Two best friends, Thelma (Geena Davia) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) set out on a ‘brief’ fishing trip and soon lose themselves in the adventure. While the stereotypical roles may have been reversed here and we get lost in the hilarity of the female buddy movie, it’s also the scenery that makes this movie so special. Wind down your windows, turn up the radio and let the good times roll as you set out on your own American roadtrip adventure.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Mamma Mia! is a gift that just keeps on giving. Set on a little Greek island, (although the sequel is actually set in Croatia, even though it’s the same hotel backdrop) Mamma Mia! saw millions of people fall in love with the rustic beauty of Greece once more.
It’s witty, it’s hilarious and brimming with fun-vibes. The centre of this narrative is surrounded by the sea, land and beaches of Skopelos.
Lost In Translation (2003)
The film shows the beautiful clash of when you visit a new place and you’re utterly in awe of it, but also anxious as you don’t fully know how to navigate through the city/country. Although this is often a scary feeling, it’s also invigorating and opens up a world of exploration as you begin your outward journey.
Follow as an American actor Bob (Bill Murray) makes his way to Tokyo to shoot an ad film, but ends up meeting a woman called Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), the wife of the photographer who’s often left out of the limelight. A true and everlasting friendship blossoms.
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Based on the 2007 novel by André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name helped to project Timothée Chalamet into the teenage heartthrob we know and love today.
Watch the romantic relationship between the 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Chalamet) and 24-year-old graduate-student, Armie Hammer flourish with the backdrop of Northern Italy’s rolling countryside. There’s no doubt that you won’t want to be exploring this beautiful country once all of this has finished.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Another roadtrip adventure but this time we’re following the Hoover family as they travel across the states for a pageant show.
I don’t think I’ve ever met an individual who doesn’t absolutely adore this film. Expect family bickering, pageant dramas and to be graced with a smile on your face from every scene.
I’ve written about the memoir recently, but it’s only appropriate that I shine a light on the beautiful story and movie adaptation of Wild.
Played by Reese Witherspoon, Cheryl Strayed sets out on a 1,100 mile-long hike along the Pacific Crest Trail after a tiresome divorce. Along the way, the narrative is driven by her journey os self discovery and is mapped alongside the great rustic beauty of America.