Sure, nothing beats the real thing, but we're all down for a fantasizing every once and a while. So break out the popcorn, get comfy in your PJs and get watching! Whether it's the thrill of a flight taking off or the excitement of a foreign place that gets you going, here's an essential list of wanderlust-inspiring movies that will get you in the mood to travel in no time.


Up in the Air (2009)


There isn’t another movie out there that voices the true pleasures and struggles of living out of a suitcase. Plus, George Clooney. ‘Nuff said.


Vicki Christina Barcelona (2008)



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Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain fall in love with the same painter, who’s stormy ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Drama and stunning cinematography ensues.


Into the Wild (2007)



If this true-story, biographical drama about a recent graduate hitchhiking to Alaska to live in the wilderness doesn’t make you want to pack your bags and leave it all behind, nothing will.


Eat. Pray. Love (2010)



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This woman’s journey around the world to learn more about other cultures, and ultimately herself, will leave you craving a year abroad to see Italy, India and Indonesia, too!


The Beach (2000)



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In this coming of age film, a young Leonardo Dicaprio travels to Thailand and finds a mysterious map leading to a tropical paradise which he sets out to find.


Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)



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Feel inspired to visit Italy (or stay forever) when a writer spontaneously buys a villa in Tuscany. It's the movie to watch before going to Italy!


EuroTrip (2004)



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The less-than-authentic sets might not do Vatican City or streets of Paris justice, but this lighthearted comedy will keep you in stitches over classic European vacation stereotypes.


Out of Africa (1985)



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Feel your inner free-spirit (and romantic) come to life in this classic drama taking place in 20th-century colonial Kenya.


The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)



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Consider your life's calling as Che Guevara considers his own during an epic motorcycle road trip.


Before Sunrise (1995)



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Warning: you may develop a serious desire to do something wild and unplanned, and evolve a new found interest in Austria after watching this.


Thelma and Louise (1991)



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This gender-redefining road trip film will inspire you to shake off the shackles and hit the road.


Lost in Translation (2003)



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Who hasn't gotten that beautiful yet frustrating 'lost in translation' sensation while travelling? This flick captures it wonderfully, leaving you craving for your own experience abroad and even a trip to Japan.


The Way (2010)



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In this inspiring movie, a father decides to finish the "El Camino de Santiago" pilgrimage his son couldn't complete before his passing.

The Darjeeling Limited (2007)



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This brotherly bonding tale will have you planning your own Indian escapade in no time! A great movie to watch before going to Asia.


Am I missing any of your favourite globe-trotting films? Share in the comments below!

Madeleine Lee