The last time I traveled? Does driving two hours to Stone Harbor for the Fourth of July count? Ha! The last time I traveled, it was March, and I was visiting my best friend and her family in San Francisco for spring break (let’s not cue the James Franco, Spraaaaaang Breaaaaak Foreva). And before that? I road-tripped with my family down to Naples last summer for a five-week vacation.
But otherwise, I travel motionlessly. You know, it’s great — or so I tell myself to feel better — I get to jet set every time I check my Instagram feed. I scroll through all the square images: the Ponte Vecchio drenched in a hazy sunset, the mosaic-covered Park Guell, the egg-filled, funhouse-style bathroom in Sketch London. I also get to jet set when I read books in school and watch movies, which gets me to my next point.
I’m always inside working in the AllTheRooms office, and I think this is true for a lot of students with full-time internships, so, in the nature of #TravelTuesday, I’ve come up with a list of 5 movies that have inspired me to add to my travel bucket list. Hopefully they’ll inspire your wanderlust, as well.
1. When Harry Met Sally: New York, New York
I’m putting this first on the movies to watch list because I can proudly say that I’ve already crossed this off my travel wish list. Hey, it helps that I live in New York City— that puts me at a slight advantage.
I’m obsessed with this movie because of life’s valuable questions it makes us ponder: Can girls and guys really be friends without sex getting in the way? Do girls really fake it? Of course, you remember the line, “I’ll have what she’s having” (see video below). This all takes place at Katz’s Delicatessen, home of the famous pastrami sandwich. If you come to New York to try this foot-tall sandwich, you should also check out the High Line, Times Square, or just stroll around the shops in SoHo. Vegetarian? Opt for the matzo ball soup.
2. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1 & 2): Santorini, Greece
O.K. Forget the fact that the same pair of jeans miraculously fits four different girls, one of whom is 5’1, another 5’10. I mean, jeans are stretchy, but not that stretchy. I’m 5’9, and let me tell you, a 30’ inseam pant leg would definitely not fit me.
That’s beside the point. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a beautiful tale of the trials and tribulations of friendship that come with distance and age. O.K. that sounds cheesy, but who cares, when Lena heads to Santorini (and then when they all do in the second film), we forget because we’re entranced by the royal blue water and equally blue, domed roofs. And the sparkling white buildings that look like they were pressed, by hand, into the mountainside. I loved these scenes so much, I not only want to add this place to my travel wish list, I also want to get married here.
3. The Sound of Music: Salzburg, Austria
The hills are alive with the sound of music? I’m not going to lie, I did have that song on my iPod, and every time I listened to it, I couldn’t help but picture a twirling Julie Andrews in a field of yellow flowers in front of glacial mountains. You know the image I’m talking about. Those flowers look like the kind we used to hold up to each other’s chins to see if a yellow circle appeared: you like butter! And just think, this movie was made in 1965, but the colors still look vivid. Imagine what they would look like on screen today!
If the von Trapps have inspired a trip to Salzburg for you, you can even take a Sound of Music Tour when you visit, complete with locations like Untersberg, Schloss Hellbrunn and Schloss Leopoldskron.
4. The Holiday: Los Angeles, California and Surrey, England
Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, and Jude Law? A story about running away from love, only to ~~ surprise, surprise ~~ fall right back into its arms. It may sound dumb and cliché, but it’s a Fam Favorite in my house. It’s cute, funny, and charming.
Because who wouldn’t want to travel to the quaint RoseHill Cottage, fall in love with Jude Law, and live happily ever after? This is what happens to Cameron Diaz and we’re all jealous.
She leaves her home in L.A. which comes with light-blocking, mechanical blinds for the bedroom, a swimming pool, and a gated driveway. Not a bad little pad, if you ask me. So whether you prefer sunny cities, or isolated, snow-encrusted homes, this movie’s got it all and will definitely fuel your travel bug.
5. The Lion King: The African Savanna— Kenya
Last but not least, this is arguably one of the greatest Disney movies ever made. It’s visually appealing with red, orange, and yellow sunsets— ones that mimic the colors of the lions’ fur. You’re immediately transported to Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya, which provided the inspiration for the Gorge and Pride Rock in the animated film, a grassland teeming with hyenas, gazelles, and zebras.
If you go to visit the African savanna, you better have Elton John blasting through your headphones. That is all.
Are there any movies you recommend that jumpstart your wanderlust? Let us know!