10 films to watch during self-isolation for (future) travel inspiration

For the first time in decades we can’t travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While we #StayAtHome, we don’t need to give up on our dreams of future adventures and the easiest way to escape reality for a couple of hours is with a good movie. Here is our top 10 list to inspire your future travel plans.

1. Eat Pray Love

Based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling memoir and starring the beautiful Julia Roberts this movie takes you on an adventure from Italy, then India and finally Indonesia. While Elizabeth is searching for herself we get to visit some of the most beautiful places in the world and while we preferred the book, the film’s scenery is amazing and by the end you will be filled with hope for a better future.

2. The Godfather

Let’s face it, this movie would make most people’s top 10 movies of all time anyway, but it is also great for a bit of travel inspiration. Follow the story of the Corleone crime family from New York to Sicily and then back to New York as they negotiate traitors, bent cops and family feuds. It’s a true cinematic masterpiece with the greatest acting you will probably ever see. Can’t imagine a better way to spend 3 and a half hours at home. When you finish watching The Godfather, watch Part II then Part III (Which is not as bad as some people say!).

3. Mamma Mia

The story is simple and some of the singing is rather questionable (yes, I mean you, Mr Brosnan) but we can’t help singing along to the ABBA hits and planning our next holiday to a Greek island! Mamma Mia is sheer fun, so mix yourself a cocktail and let go of all your worries while you watch this silly but fun movie.

4. Forrest Gump

Follow Forrest all over the USA and Vietnam and enjoy one of the best films ever made. Forrest Gump is one of those films that you can watch again and again and discover something new about it and about yourself. It teaches us to appreciate the little things in life and that’s certainly a good lesson right now. Stay true to your values and keep up hope through whatever life throws at you, it will all be ok.

5. A Good Year

The real star in this film is the Provencal countryside in all of its golden, sun soaked glory. I challenge you to watch this movie and not end up googling how much you’d need to win on the lottery to buy a little French chateau with a vineyard producing top quality wines. 

6. The Sound of Music

If you need cheering up then a musical is pretty good medicine for your bad mood. Follow the charming Von Trapp children and Maria around Salzburg and the Austrian Alps for 3 hours of gorgeous scenery and feel good songs. When life gets back to normal you will be ready to hop on a plane and find some Edelweiss and have your own lakes and mountains adventure!

7. Amélie

Amélie is the story of a charming girl who created her own world and sense of justice. She was brought up mostly isolated from other people and children, something we can surely sympathise with right now. Amélie takes pleasure in the little, everyday things and shares her special charm with all those she comes in to contact with. She works in a café in Montmarte, Paris which serves as a magnificent backdrop for the movie along with other fabulous Parisian locations. Is she ready to open her heart to the mysterious picture collector? Find out and start daydreaming about your next visit to the French capital.

8. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The natural beauty of New Zealand, where the movies were filmed, is simply breathtaking and I’m sure there aren’t many of us who wouldn’t want to visit this remote country where they have more sheep than people! With a total run time of just over 11 hours you can properly settle in and escape the real world. 

9. The Motorcycle Diaries

Follow the young Che Guevara on a motorcycle trip around South America and Cuba which led him to his destiny. The film has stunning scenery and a powerful message. Our favourite quote from this inspirational man is this:
“The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.”

10. Australia

Australia is Baz Luhrmann’s ode to his home country. It’s beautifully shot and a truly epic movie showcasing Australia’s natural beauty and tainted history. The film is the perfect mixture of adventure, action, romance and hope for a better future. Just what we need right now!

 Bonus 1: Captain Corelli’s mandolin

Only kidding… The scenery is beautiful but the film is terrible and Nic Cage’s Italian accent means you may have to watch it on mute!  Read the book instead!!

Hope you enjoyed our list, share your favourite movies with great locations in the comments.