Paris Or Spain: Travel Movies To Make You Virtually Visit Your Favourite Destinations

Travelling has a way of inducing a strong sense of self. Whether it's travelling distances to meet your friends, travelling with them or simply travelling solo. Ever since the global pandemic has gripped the world, this seems like that one habit we unhappily had to let go of. However, that doesn't mean you can't virtually go back to all those places you've been to or always wanted to go to.

Get your bowl of popcorn ready and watch these travel movies which are sure to take you on a profound journey of self-awareness.

Into The Wild (2007)

Recommended to me by my sister and a friend, this brilliant adaption of the book, "Into The Wild" written by Jon Krakauer, portrays the journey of Christopher McCandless through the surreal wilderness of Alaska. A movie that talks about how he perished in a rustic (now iconic) bus and how he rejects materialism and living his life by a rulebook. Into The Wild makes you want to self-introspect life and in a way urges you to go out of your ways to experience new things. The film also beautifully captures the glories of nature.

Stream on: Netflix and Amazon Prime 

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

This is a film adaptation of James Thurber's short story by the same name, back in 1947. The movie revolves around the lead character Walter Mitty, played exceptionally by Ben Stiller, and how he travels across countries to retrieve a lost photo taken by a prominent photographer. With instances of hilarity in between, they take you through the phenomenal landscapes of Greenland, Iceland, and the majestic Himalayas. Unfortunately, the movie is not yet available on major streaming platforms but this is of the most acclaimed movies and had to be included. Rent this one out and we assure you, it won't be disappointing. 

Stream on: YouTube (Available to rent for INR 120 or buy for INR 590)

The Tourist (2010)

Set in the charming lanes of downtown Paris and later through the calming waters of Venice, The Tourist is a romantic thriller featuring two highly celebrated actors, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. While many criticised the film for being slow, it's very well shot and gripping at times, nonetheless. If you're in the mood for something light and wish to appreciate the serenity of Venice, do give it a shot.

Stream on: Netflix 

Also, watch these travel shows to fuel to wanderlust.

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Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)

The cinematic brilliance of this film and the bright sunny meadows of Italy's Tuscany made me fall in love with not just the movie but also the place. Another one of the masterpieces that's not on any famous streaming platform (you can rent it on Amazon Prime), Under The Tuscan Sun essentially focuses on a woman who faces hardships in her marriage and eventually moves to a handsome villa in the quaint area of Tuscany. 

Stream on: Available on YouTube for rent (INR 100) or purchase (INR 310)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Loosely translated to, "You Only Live Once", ZNMD is one of the new-age travel movies of the Indian cinema. The plot revolves around three childhood friends who reunite after years when one of them decides to tie the knot. The three boys take a bachelor's trip to Spain where underlying issues from the past resurface and how they undergo a process of self-exploration together. The film is bound to make you cry, laugh, introspect - all in under three hours. 

Stream now: Netflix and Amazon Prime 

Edie (2018)

Edie is a British drama film in which the protagonist is a recently-widowed 80-year-old woman, Edith Moore. The movie showcases her troubled relationship with her daughter who wants her mother to move to a retirement home. Edie then decides to go on a hiking trip to the Scottish Highlands. It's inspiring to watch how it's never too late in your life to travel and visit places you'd always dreamt of visiting. 

Stream on: Disney + Hotstar

Due Date (2010)

This movie is a hysterical account of a soon-to-be father who is forced into taking a road-trip with a man who wishes to scatter the last remains of his father in the Grand Canyon before moving to LA to become an actor. The story shows their rather hilarious road-trip and the plenty of catastrophes that happen when they're on the move. A classic Zach Galifianakis comedy film, watch this for a great laugh. 

Stream on: Netflix 

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Murder On The Orient Express (2017)

This one takes me back to the days I used to spend my entire summers just reading Agatha Christie's novels. This movie is based on one of the detective novels by her which features the famous fictional character, Hercule Poirot who solves a murder that happens to take place on a train journey. Murder On The Orient Express exhibits a three-day journey across the snow-clad mountains. While most of the movie is shot in Europe there are several scenes from New Zealand, mountainous regions on the borders of France and Switzerland. The movie is quite intriguing to watch with a lot of interesting characters. 

Stream on: Disney + Hotstar 

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Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

Moving a little bit closer to home, Goa has always been associated with cancelled plans and trippy beach-side parties with EDM playing in the background. But there's so much more to Goa than just that. Coming back to the movie, Dil Chahta Hai single-handedly made Goa that one travel destination for all the youngsters of the country. A story of three friends and their journey on how they changed from being inseparable to becoming distant when something goes wrong. However brief (and entertaining) their road-trip to Goa might have been, it makes us want to visit that place for its serenity and gorgeous beaches. 

Stream on: Netflix 

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While the movies listed above are all shot at picturesque locations, you can also watch some animated movies like Ratatouille, Madagascar series and more which graphically take you through different parts of the globe. There are plenty of travel documentaries and television series as well that you can see in order to know more about certain places and the different cultures that follow. 

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