9 Movies to Pretend You’re Traveling

One look at the weather outside your apartment and it’s understandable you want to hole up indoors. This is your permission slip to follow that instinct. Here are nine films that will help you pretend you’re traveling.

Two For The Road (1967)

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Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney starred in this 1967 classic that will have you planning your next road trip before the credits roll. They play a wife and husband on a road trip in the South of France examining their relationships with flashbacks to previous trips.

Out of Africa (1985)

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Meryl Streep. Robert Redford. That East African sky. Need I say more?

Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight (1995, 2004, 2013)

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In our hyper-connected world it’s hard to remember the last time you began a conversation with a random stranger. The underrated trilogy by Richard Linklater reminds us of how important those conversations can be and of the importance of travel for self-reflection in general.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)

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Yes, the movie series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous novels is long. But even non-fantasy lovers can appreciate the beauty of New Zealand shown throughout the films.

Lost in Translation (2003)

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Maybe it’s Sofia Coppola’s brilliant cinematography or maybe it’s that the story about the importance of friendship is set against the backdrop of Tokyo or maybe Tokyo is just that amazing. Until you go and find out for yourself there’s Lost in Translation.

Angels and Demons (2009)

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Before you binged on Serial and Making of a Murderer there was Angels and Demons. Admit it: you read the book in one sitting and couldn’t wait for the movie and to this day watching the movie makes you dream of visiting Vatican City and solving your own mystery.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

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Warning. If you’ve never been to the City of Light, Midnight in Paris will have you planning a trip and those that have been will be left nostalgic.

Eat Pray Love (2010)

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Don’t even pretend you haven’t dreamed about leaving your boring 9-5 life to travel the world. Remember added pounds don’t count when you’re eating pasta in Italy.

Chef (2014)

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The movie that proved what we already knew. The best part of traveling is the food and your friends do secretly want you to Instagram everything you eat on vacation.