There's something great about sitting down to watch a good movie. It helps you escape from the day-to-day, get your creative juices flowing; a great film can even inspire you to do something amazing or be a better version of yourself. And sometimes a movie can just help you escape! It doesn't even necessarily have to boast great plot or a brilliant script but it can still manage to leave you sitting on the couch as the credits roll, grinning like a Cheshire cat because it's inspired your next trip or left you reminiscing about your own past journeys.
There are loads of travel films out there and plenty more movies that just happen to be set in exotic destinations. Here are my top five favourite wanderlust-inducing movies:
1. Midnight in Paris
OK I'll be the first to admit this movie is a little on the dorky side. For sure. But what Owen Wilson film isn't? And who can be disappointed by a film that not only features some of the beauty and charm of one of my all-time favourite cities, but it also goes back in to time to feature some of the writers and creative geniuses who lived in Paris in years gone by. Yep, travel-fantasy check!
2. Into the Wild
Because who doesn't ever fantasise about taking a backpack and leaving the world behind to literally run away to the wild? The settings in this movie are just brilliant and it successfully manages to ignite in the viewer a yearning for the great outdoors.
3. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Because I'm a sucker for India. And yes while there may be a lot wrong with this movie - what's not to love about experiencing the boldness and brashness of a culture and a place through the eyes of elderly British people being shipped off to an alternative "nursing home". Many LOLs. And Judi Dench... She's the queen of the silver screen.
4. A Good Year
Is it just me or does everyone have just a little bit of hope that you will inherit a French vineyard from some long-lost uncle? This movie holds a special place in my heart because it's set in Provence. Yes it's predictable, but who doesn't love a feel good film that features the perfect combination of soul-searching and romance and of course, French wine. Swoon!
5. The Beach
Because...1. Leonardo DiCaprio. 2. THAT BEACH in Thailand and 3. Leo. I know I'm not alone in saying this movie definitely made me want to see that beach. And I did. Along with swarms of others! It's definitely a bit of a weird film but that moment where they part the jungle and "the beach" appears....it's the stuff dreams are made of!