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Movies are magic. They can transport you to places you've never been. They can make you cheer or cry for people who only exist on the screen. If you love to travel, then you're probably the person in your friend group who looks up the filming locations for all the movies you watch. If you're running out of titles to add to your watch list, you can always return to great films you've seen before. Here are six movies that will ignite your wanderlust.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) is a classic feel-good film that features some gorgeous destinations, including the island of Santorini in Greece. You'll definitely feel the itch to travel as you watch this film or rewatch it multiple times. Not only are the protagonists discovering their own bravery when it comes to travel and life changes but there are also shots of idyllic coastal towns and stunning places you could visit in real life when you enjoy the holiday of a lifetime on any one of the most luxurious European cruises.
The Motorcycle Diaries
If you're curious about South America as a travel destination, you have to watch the 2004 road trip movie The Motorcycle Diaries. Filmed on location in Argentina, Peru, Chile, and Cuba, this movie offers a treasure trove of moments that will make your wanderlust-filled heart explode with anticipation. The fact that the story follows friends on a motorcycle trip adds to the value of this film. You will also get an inside look into some of the societal issues that the indigenous people of South America have had to face over time.
Another enchanting film that features on-location scenes is Before Sunrise (1995). The crew shot this film in Vienna, Austria, and there are gorgeous shots of the historical city sprinkled throughout the movie. The gothic and romantic architecture of Vienna complements the film's subject matter perfectly. The story centers on two travelers who meet on a train and decide to disembark in Vienna together and walk around the city for the night. After watching this movie, you will want to hop on the same train and follow the two lovers' itinerary through the winding alleys of this magical European gem of a city.
Under the Tuscan Sun
Don't underestimate the charm of 2003's Under the Tuscan Sun. The new millennium certainly heralded a host of movies set in stunning locations, and this one, shot in Tuscany, is a fan favorite that will warm your heart and inspire you to travel to Italy. This movie is all about reinvention and personal transformation, and those are two things that you can definitely experience while traveling. Plus, you get to watch a delightful romance play out literally under the Tuscan sun because the movie showcases the beauty of the Italian countryside.
Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings trilogy came out between 2001 to 2003 and shot New Zealand to fame as a top contender for travelers looking for mind-blowing destinations. The films adapt the story of the fantasy books by J.R.R. Tolkien, and you will definitely feel like you've been transported to another world when you're watching these movies. The epic mountain vistas and glorious green forests create the backdrop for otherworldly beings and magical sorcerers. Yet, it's all just New Zealand's natural beauty on display.
If you're an MCU fan and you like to travel, you'll love knowing that 2016's Doctor Strange features locations in Nepal. You can catch Doctor Strange himself wandering the streets of Thamel in Kathmandu, and you'll definitely want to see the real-life inspiration behind the MCU's Kamar-Taj temple that features in both the first and second Doctor Strange installments. Nepal is a fantastic travel destination with a rich and diverse culture, and this movie will definitely make you want to book your visit soon.
Traveling is one of the most transformative things you can do in your lifetime. But if you can't leave home just yet, pop in one of these great movies to pass the time.
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