While trying to come up with my "Top 5 Travel Movies," I thought of five movies which I loved and which inspired me to travel. I don't know if they are actually my top five, but they are the five I thought of while sitting here trying to remember any travel films.
So here is a list of five movies that make you want to get up and go after seeing them. They make you want to change your life, or at least shake things up a little.
Here are the movies I thought of, in order of when they were released:
We watched this 1953 comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck before going to Rome. It is a delightful homage to the city, hitting famous sites such as the Trevi Fountain, Mouth of Truth, and the Spanish Steps. It definitely got us excited to see Rome!
This movie which uses Greece as an excellent setting. Shirley Valentine, a classic movie from 1989, is a bored housewife whose life wasn't nearly as exciting as she'd once hoped. She decides to up and go to Greece, without her husband. She falls in love with Greece and herself...this is an excellent movie about how wonderful travel can be for one's soul.
Under The Tuscan Sun
Under The Tuscan Sun is a movie made from a memoir. This 2003 movie starring Diane Lane chronicles a woman writer who, after her divorce, travels to Italy and while there buys a property in Tuscany, moves in and fixes it up, getting rid of her writer's block in the process.
2008 musical romantic comedy is set on an island in Greece. It stars Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried. There isn't really any traveling in this film...other people travel to them...it's more like a movie which is set on an idyllic destination. Very fun and beautiful!
Eat, Pray, Love
Though I read the book first (and absolutely loved it) the movie, starring Julia Roberts, did not disappoint. (But even though I'm talking about movies here...I do recommend reading the book.) The movie came out in 2010, and chronicled writer Elizabeth Gilbert's personal journey of self discovery. After leaving her husband she spends year traveling first in Rome (eat), then India (pray) and finally Bali, where she finds love.
So if you can't travel just now head to the library and take home one (or more) of these DVD's, pop yourself some popcorn and enjoy a movie night. Better yet...have some girlfriends over and everyone can bring a dish/drink/snack from the place where the movie you got is set (so...good chance either Italy or Greece) and have a travel movie night!
What are your favorite travel movies? What movies (or books) make you want to pack a bag, buy a plane ticket and just go? I'd love to hear!
This is the twenty-second essay of my 31 Day Writing Challenge: To write about any one topic for the 31 days of October. You can sign up to participate here.
I've chosen to write about places I've been for the next 31 days, you can find the whole list of essays here. (Around the World in 31 Days.)
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