By Natalie Issa
I don’t know about you guys, but when the travel bug hits me, it hits me hard. The desire to see the world becomes overwhelming and ordinary life suddenly seems so, so boring. Unfortunately, as most of you can relate, the only thing stopping me from dropping everything and peacing out of here is the tragedy of my bank account. No money means no travel.
So what’s a girl to do?
When the travel bug becomes unbearable, I watch movies. Movies about travelling, movies that take place in exotic locations, etc. And, very briefly, my travel bug subsides.
So without much ado, I present to you some of my favorite movies that almost (but not quite) kill my travel bug.
Warning: while these movies may tone down the desire to travel for some, it might increase the need to travel for others. Results may vary.
1. Midnight in Paris (2011)
This movie is pure magic. It follows Gil Pender, an unsatisfied Hollywood screenwriter attempting to write his first novel. He and his fiancée Inez travel to Paris with Inez’s wealthy parents. One night while roaming the streets of Paris, Gil finds himself transported to the 1920’s. It’s there he meets authors and artists such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and much more. It’s a great movie for those who fantasize about walking down the historic streets of Paris.
2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a delightful story about second chances. Walter Mitty, our dry-humored protagonist, is a negative assets manager at Life Magazine. When he receives photos for Life’s last cover by renowned photographer Sean O’Connell, he discovers that O’Connell failed to include the negatives. This sends Walter on a journey to Greenland, Iceland, and the Himalayas in an attempt to track O’Connell down. This movie shows that it’s never too late to travel and to live out your dreams.
3. A Room With a View (1985)
Taking place in the early 1900s, we follow young Miss Lucy Honeychurch who’s vacationing in Italy with her chaperone, Charlotte. During their stay they meet an array of interesting people, including Mr. Emerson and his young son George. Maybe it’s the romance of Italy, or maybe it’s because George is totally dreamy, but Lucy quickly becomes infatuated with George. But before their romance can blossom, Lucy and Charlotte return to their small village England. Not only does this movie take place in some gorgeous locations, but it also has a beautiful love story.
(Just as a quick side note, this movie does contain some very brief, but not sexualized, nudity).
4. Leap Year (2010)
This charming story centers around Anna Brady, a real estate stager who’s impatiently waiting for her boyfriend to propose. Upon discovering that he’s going to Dublin for a conference, she promptly decides to follow him to Ireland and propose to him herself. Because, according to Irish tradition, a woman can propose to a man on leap year. It’s in Ireland that Anna meets an adorable innkeeper named Declan O’Callaghan, who reluctantly agrees to drive her to Dublin. Not only is this movie adorable, but it’s also perfect for those who love the beautiful Irish countryside.
Hopefully these movies will help you escape reality for a little while. Or at least until you save enough money for your next big adventure.