8 Travel Films That Will Take You On A Virtual Vacation

From the bustling arcades of Tokyo to the Australian outback

Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson’s ‘The Darjeeling Limited’.
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With global travel restrictions still in place, here’s really no telling when we can head off on our next vacation. If you’re looking for some virtual escape, these films will take you to the bustling arcades of Tokyo, the charming cobbled streets in Paris and the Australian outback—all from the comfort of your couch.

Lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo: Watch ‘Lost In Translation’

Sofia Cuppola‘s directorial classic tells the story of Bob (Bill Murray), a faded actor going through a midlife crisis, and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a college graduate neglected by her photographer husband, forming an unlikely friendship in Tokyo. Be transported to the city’s bustling arcades, karaoke rooms and magnificent shrines as they navigate enthralling experiences in a foreign land.

Delve into the dreamy charm of Paris: Watch ‘Amélie’

This whimsical comedy offers a poetic and escapist vision of the everyday. Amélie (Audrey Tatou) overcomes a sad childhood and grows up to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and regulars at the cafe where she works. Delve into her imaginative world and the dreamy charm of Monmartre as she sets about doing good.

Journey through the Australian outback: Watch ‘Tracks’

John Curran‘s Tracks recreates Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska)’s solo trek across the vast Australian outback in 1977. Accompanied by four camels, one devoted dog and a sponsorship deal with National Geographic, she embarks on an exhilarating adventure and meets fascinating characters along the way.

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Set out on a train journey across India: Watch ‘The Darjeeling Limited’

Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman play estranged brothers that reunite on a train voyage through India in Wes Anderson’s emotional comedy. Watch for its dazzling visuals, the stunning Rajasthan landscape, slapstick gags and intriguing scenes.

Explore the spectacular landscapes of Iceland: Watch ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this James Thurber adaptation, where Iceland’s epic scenery takes centrestage. Walter escapes the monotony of life into a world of fantasies, until the opportunity to finally embrace life arises when his job is threatened. He embarks on an unforgettable adventure that turns his imaginations into reality.

Go on a seaside retreat: Watch ‘The Beach’

Backpacker Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), together with fellow tourists, goes in search of a legendary island paradise in Thailand, but what he finds is a society cut off from civilisation. This film will leave you yearning for seaside escapades and pristine beaches.

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Bask in the warmth of an idyllic Italian summer: Watch ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Set in Lombardy Italy, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name will leave you yearning for an idyllic summer. 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) meets Oliver (Armie Hammer), an intern working for his father during the summer of 1983. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of Northern Italy, a life-changing romance blossoms.

Hike the American wilderness: Watch ‘Wild’

Inexperienced hiker Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail following the death of her mother and a failed marriage. A powerful, moving story of self-discovery and forging ahead during difficult times, with cinematographic landscapes to boot.

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