10 Wanderlust-inducing Movies On Netflix
The world is a beautiful place. Thank goodness we have film to show us the beauty of countries far, far away. Since we’re smack dab in the middle of a Canadian winter, a lot of our free time is spent marathoning on Netflix in our sweats. Naturally, our choices of Netflix movies are persuaded by the longing for travel. Here are our top ten movies on Netflix that will make you want to catch a plane and explore…like ASAP.
If you’ve never travelled to Europe before, watching Copenhagen might make Denmark the first destination on your bucket list. This romantic drama tells the story of William (Gethin Anthony from Game of Thrones) who is trying to find his grandfather and Effy, a fourteen year old girl and intern at William’s hotel. The two cross paths and an attraction sparks between the two even thought Effy is half of William’s age. This story is all about growing up, while giving us a glimpse of Danish architecture, beautiful parks and café culture.
This movie depicts the true story of Robyn Davidson (played by Mia Wasikowska) who in 1977 went on a 2,000 mile solo-trek across the deserts of West Australia. She travels to the Indian Ocean with her four camels and faithful dog while trying to avoid journalists and other dangers. The cinematography combined with unreal dessert landscapes is enough to make you want to drop everything in your life to find yourself.
Based on the written memoirs of Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon), Wild tells the true tale of a 1,100 hike across the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Dessert to The Bridge of the Gods on the Oregon/Washington border. Cheryl struggles to accept grief from a late breakup on this 94-day adventure as she explores the nation’s most well-known (and breathtaking) long-distance scenic trails.
One of our favourites… Not because hunkasaurus Leo Di Caprio is the main character. It’s the film’s depiction of the vibrant and eclectic way of living in Bangkok. It’s also the turquoise-blue oceans and lush green foliage of the Phi Phi Islands. The scenery in this movie is so enticing, it’s enough to make you want to endure that 24-hour flight to Thailand. The movie is about a young traveller who learns about a legendary island where wayward souls settle for good to join a peaceful society. After finding the map to the island and spending some time there, things start to change from peaceful to chaotic.
Lord of the Rings/New Zealand
We all know the story about the ancient ring that was lost for centuries. When it was found and given to the small Hobbit (Frodo) for protection, the whole world stops at nothing to use its powers. But if you’re anything like us, you were more fascinated with the astounding beauty of New Zealand’s terrain.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel/India
If you dream of travelling to India, switch on your Netflix and cozy up to this one. This British comedy/drama film is the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Sonny and Sunaina are soon to be married when Sonny decides he wants to open a second retirement hotel. The eccentric bunch of British seniors will warm your heart, the Indian music will be major ear candy and you can feast your eyes on the dazzling colours of India.
Under The Tuscan Sun/Italy
A true classic that induces wanderlust like no other. This romantic comedy/drama is about Frances (Diane Lane) who learns that her husband is cheating on her. To avoid depression and rekindle her ability to write, she tours Tuscany. There, she buys a villa on impulse, renovates it and begins her new life in rustic Italy.
Eat, Pray, Love/Italy, India,Bali
Another movie where travel plans are ignited by relationship problems and a need for self discovery. Newly divorced, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) lets go of her home, friends and successful career to travel abroad for a quest for self-discovery. For one year, she explores Italy, India and Bali to clear her mind, eventually letting love in again. This movie’s great for wanderlust because you get all three destinations in one flick and the scenes are shot to inspire.
This feature film adaptation of the beloved musical perfectly captures breezy, blue Kalokairi. Bride-to-be Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) reads her mother’s diary and learns that she has three potential fathers. She invites all of them to the wedding in Greece and the family drama unfolds. Netflixing this movie is like taking a Mediterranean trip but careful- you might not want to come back 😛
Midnight in Paris/France
Grab the Cab Merlot. Bring on the baguette and brie. Set in Paris, this movie introduces us to screenwriter Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) and his materialistic fiancé (Rachel McAdams). While visiting Paris, Gil goes out for a evening walk and gets lost in the streets of Paris. All of a sudden, he finds himself back in time in the Golden Age- the 1920’s. He keeps returning to this magical place where he meets Hemingway, Salvador Dhali and many other icons of the decade. He eventually has to make a choice if he ever wants to leave it behind. Ah, Paris!