The 23 Best Travel Movies to Watch in 2020

We are all spending a lot of time at home right now, and if you're feeling anything like us, you may need a laugh, or a reminder of the big beautiful world that is waiting for us out there

What better way to spark some travel wanderlust into our lives at home, than curling up on the sofa and binge watching some wanderlust-worthy movies! We have even told you which ones you can find on Netflix right now (Aus and Uk) - you're welcome.


In no particular order, here are some of our favourites!


Eat Pray Love - NETFLIX

A married woman, Julia Roberts realizes how unhappy she is in her marriage and the life she has built for herself. She decides to take off on a round the world trip to "find herself" for a year, starting in Italy, then India and finishing her year Bali. Travel wanderlust vibes to the max!


Crazy Rich Asians

One of our absolute favourites to spark the Asia travel wanderlust! Crazy rich Asians follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu as she travels to Singapore with her boyfriend played by Henry Golding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting his family, she is totally unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life, that he is crazy super rich! Watch out for the scene at the hawker stalls, we could almost taste and smell the delicious looking Asian dishes!


Wild - NETFLIX

Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed (based on the travel memoir) with absolutely zero experience of hiking, she decides to trek the thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo across the United States. Love Reese in this as she captures the sheer determination to finish her adventure while finding the strength to keep going. Some awesome landscape shots!


Forgetting Sarah Marshall


For lots of laughs, this is a funny lighthearted comedy set in the real Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, Hawaii. Jason Seigel goes to Hawaii to heal his broken heart after getting dumped by his girlfriend played by Kristen Bell. Little does he know, his girlfriend is travelling to the same resort with her new boyfriend - Russell Brand. It makes us want to book a plane ticket for the Hawaiian vibes!


Under the Tuscan Sun

For all the romantics out there, enjoy a tour through the Italian Countryside, beautiful old Italian houses and cuisine! Wouldn't you just love to buy a villa in Tuscany and stay there forever? Frances played by Diane Lane whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour does just that! Much of the film was shot across Tuscany, Florence, Arezzo and also Positano and Rome.


Just go with it - NETFLIX

Your typical Adam Sandler film, plays a plastic surgeon who needs his help from assistant Jennifer Aniston to pretend to be his ex-wife whilst he romances a younger schoolteacher, romancing a much younger schoolteacher Brooklyn Decker. They end up in beautiful Hawaii for a week, getting up to all sorts of mischief. Expect lots of laughs!


The Way

James and I have always been intrigued by the Camino de Santiago walk in Spain. This movie is an emotional tribute to what is considered to be an epic hike and haven for self reflection. Acting legend Martin Sheen walks the trail to honor his son (Emilio Estevez) who died on the walk. An emotional watch.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - NETFLIX

We love this movie and has inspired us to want to visit India one day! The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees who decide to move their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India! They arrive to The best exotic hotel and it's not quite as luxurious as they were expecting!

Starring a ton of fabulous actors including Dame Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel.


Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this, he is a day-dreamer that escapes his day by disappearing into a world of fantasy! Things get good when he is forced to fly to Iceland and Greenland chasing a photographer, and ends up embarking on a global adventure!


The Hangover II

The second one of the famous series, if you haven't seen the first Hangover film set in Las Vegas, watch it! The second film sees the wolfpack fly to Bangkok for another wedding. It captures the insane energy of Bangkok so well and makes you want to embark on a crazy Asian adventure too! A hilarious watch with monkeys, monks, and all things Thailand.


The Inbetweeners 2 - NETFLIX

A classic Gap Year adventure in Australia that begins in Sydney and sees a lot of laughs, lots of crude jokes, countless travel hiccups and a lot of Australia!


The Beach

Not Leo Dicaprio's finest movie, but guaranteed to bring you some beautiful Thai islands scenes that made the island of Ko Phi Phi in Thailand entirely famous. He plays an American backpacking through Asia who discovers a cryptic map leading to paradise on Earth.


Into the Wild

Based on the real story of Christopher McCandless who decided to go on a road trip across the United States and ending up in Alaska. Along the way, he meets a series of interesting characters who would be considered on the edge of society and ends up shaping his thoughts on life. An interesting watch that forces you to think about your own path and reasons for travel.


Murder Mystery - NETFLIX

Our second one with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler! A super light-hearted 'whodunit' where he finally takes his wife, Jennifer Aniston, on a long promised European trip, where they get invited on to a Super Yacht of a billionaire. Some lovely European scenes and a few laughs to go with it!


Moana

We had to include this Disney film that gives us all the Polynesian vibes! In Ancient Polynesia, a terrible curse has been inflicted by the Demigod Maui. Moana has to travel across the oceans to make things ok again!


Planes trains and Automobiles

John Candy and Steve Martin embark on an unexpected road trip from NYC to Chicago! This film is considered one of the best comedy travel movies. Expect cheap motels and funny unexpected travel hiccups.


Lion - NETFLIX

Ok, grab the tissues because this one is a real tear-jerker. Based on the incredible true story, Five-year-old Saroo becomes separated from his family in India after he gets stuck on a train and is eventually adopted by an Australian family. An incredible film that shares a Indian and Australian culture.


Up in the air

George Clooney stars as an airline-points obsessed who travels the world for work. I love this film as I love airports and seem to share this with the main character and often think about the film going through security!


Midnight in Paris

I immediately want to run away to Paris and visit every single spot that Owen Wilson goes to! A very wanderlust-inspiring comedy that will fill your boots with French romantic nostalgia as the main character goes in search of the 1920s golden years that Paris is famous for.


The Godfather

Quite frankly, if you haven't seen this film, I'm shocked! And this should be the first one you watch.

The wine, the food, the dreamy landscapes. Ok, so it is a gangster movie, but, in between the 'gangster' scenes, watching young Corleone wander the Italian Countryside is about as beautiful as it gets.


Catch me if you can

Another Leo Dicaprio film based on the crazy and entirely true story of a 19-year-old who pretended to be a doctor, pilot and lawyer, in the process flying around the world and avoiding capture by the FBI!


The Motorcycle Diaries

This film follows Ernesto Guevara (based on his memoirs) on a 4 month trip across South America! Expect incredible South American landscapes including Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Venezuela.. What begins as an adventure becomes an eye-opening and life changing journey for the two friends.


Lord of the Rings trilogy

These fabulous New Zealand–based movies are epic! You will be left gob smacked that some of these places actually exist in this world from the mountains to the jaw-dropping glaciers. Some statistics suggest that 1 in 5 people mention that it is a reason they have visited New Zealand!



Let us know which ones you enjoy the most! Love A + J xx

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