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We can’t travel ourselves, but we do have the next best thing… good travel movies! And if you’ve never seen these ones, then you’re in for a massive treat.

There’s a little something for everyone here, whether you’re wishing you were falling in love in – or with – France, or maybe going on an epic adventure to destroy a ring (too specific?). So, lean back in your couch and relax. (Obviously go get some popcorn first though.)

Say hello to… our professionally-ish watched list of the best travel movies around (no spoilers!), so you can binge your way through the weekend, your furlough or your evenings.

P.S. Staying social while social distancing is hard – but by no means impossible. We’ve rounded up the best ideas on how to stay sane, positive and in touch here.

#1st travel movie up… One Week

A mountainous landscape rises over a lake in Canada
One Week takes you through beautiful Canadian landscapes.

In the movie, One WeekBen Tyler, who has just been diagnozed with a cancer that promises only a slim chance of survival even with treatment, decides to buy a motorcycle, say goodbye to his fiance, and take a road trip across Canada. 

As he travels he sees iconic landmarks and meets interesting new people while he searches for the meaning of his life. He can’t stop until he finds the answer, even as his fiance begs him to come home to try the treatment on the phone.

This inspiring story makes for one of the best travel movies which may even take you through your own journey of self-realization. Either way, these beautiful Canadian landscapes will stave off the pangs of wanderlust for a little longer.

In #2nd place… L’Auberge Espagnole

People gather in front of a beautiful Church in Barcelona
On his Erasmus year, Xavier experiences the magnificence waiting in Barcelona.

As its title suggests, the next of our favorite travel movies takes us to Barcelona, Spain. In L’Auberge Espagnolea slightly uptight French student named Xavier travels to Barcelona to be apart of the ERASMUS program. During his stay, he lives in an apartment with a bunch of other students who challenge his views. If you did Erasmus, you WILL relate, trust us.

The other students come from all other parts of Europe from England to Germany, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, and Italy, offering a conflicting mix of cultural and language barriers.  

Which, to be honest, probably sounds familiar to any basically seasoned traveler…? It’s sort of like when we travel … anywhere. We’ve just got to overcome barriers to meet new and exciting people. So anyone craving a little nostalgia, you know what to watch.

Lucky number #3: The Motorcycle Diaries

A reddish mountainous landscape in Peru
From Buenos Aires to Peru, this journey through South America is one you’ll want to repeat.

The Motorcycle Diaries was inspired by the journals of Che Guevara. Our main character exchanges graduating from medical school for a chance of a lifetime; out on the road through South America on a motorbike with his friend Alberto Granado. Don’t lie, you’d be tempted. πŸ˜‰

During their novel-inspired nine-month road adventure, they find that not everything happens like it does in the … well – in the movies. Things go wrong. They meet roadblocks in the form of breakdowns and – get ready for an oh-so-familiar one – a total lack of dollar bills. 

At the end of the day, no trip goes exactly as planned though, right? That’s the beauty of traveling! This is the feel good travel inspiration you’re looking for.

Travel movie #4: Out of Africa

A safari in Africa lies in front of cloudy mountains
We dare you not to fall in love with this portion of Africa as deeply as Karen does.

In Out of Africa, a dairy farmer named Karen heads to Africa to be with her husband, Bror. What can we say about Bror? Let’s just say.. he’s not exactly the most decent of blokes…

And as a result, Karen starts to get close to a game hunter called Denys. It’s an unlikely romance that normally would never have been sparked, making it all the more beguiling. As Karen gets more and more romantic with Denys, she falls in love with Africa too. Warning: this travel movie will inspire you to start saving for a trip to Africa post-lockdown!

#5th up: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

A colourful town lies at the foot of snow-topped mountains
Walter’s trip takes him all the way to Greenland – and it’s everything you were dreaming of.

Walter Mitty has a pretty uneventful life. He goes from home to work without doing much of anything else at all. His active imagination sort of fills in the gaps for him though. 

He spends a good amount of his day with his head in the clouds, daydreaming about everything under the sun. And then, all of a sudden – he gets to live his adventure. And it’s unlike anything he’s ever imagined in his head. 

He must travel all the way to Greenland to hunt down a missing photograph to prove something (watch it to find out what) to himself and he sees many more adventure-inspiring places!

All in all, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will remind you anything’s possible.

Travel movie #6: The Bucket List

The Great Wall of China stretches into the distance - just one of the attractions found in this travel movie
The Great Wall of China is just one of the destinations ticked off in The Bucket List.

Hands up if you’ve ever been asked a variation of the question – what would you do if you had XX days left? Well, welcome to the film version.

Two unlikely friends (played by two familiar faces) coping with some very final news, overcome the tragedy of it, through friendship and … a great bucket list. So bring a notebook and pen.

The Bucket List might make you cry and will probably make you laugh, but it will definitely offer a bit of travel inspiration and above all an escape into a convincing, emotional story.

In fact, if you’re looking to expand your bucket list even further while you wait, here’s 20 (+20) top places to travel in 2020.

#7th on the list: Lord of the Rings

A tree pokes out of the shallow end of a blue lake, in the country where this travel movie was filmed
New Zealand is certainly dreamy enough to warrant being home to fantasy.

Yep, even though Lord of the Rings takes place in a fantasy universe, it still counts as one of the best travel movies for many. And for good reason – alright, maybe this one isn’t rogue, but it’s earned its place here.

Frodo must travel throughout Middle Earth (filmed in New Zealand) in order to throw a very special ring into the fire there. 

We’re all dreaming of an (okay, slightly less dangerous) adventure like the one Frodo goes through, right? Besides, maybe a fantasy world is more relatable right now? πŸ˜‰

Pssst… still searching your perfect travel companion? No need to rush it, this stuff takes time! Learn how to find the right person for you in our how to find the perfect travel companion.

Travel movie #8: Lost in Translation

People cross the road on a busy street in Tokyo - the perfect setting for a travel movie

Two different story lines collide in Tokyo’s busiest districts in the shapes of Bob and Charlotte. Bob and Charlotte have very little in common, except the kind of loneliness that is familiar to a lot of us – being lonely in a big city surrounded by millions of people.

If you weren’t already a fan of travel, you’d fall in love with it all over again through the charm, humor and beauty packaged in Lost in Translation.

We’ll get to experience it again ourselves soon, but until then, there’s worse people to live through than these two!

Last but not least #9: Little Miss Sunshine

A road stretches into the distance under blue skies

A family take a road trip across America and hilarity ensues. But, like, actually. If you’re hoping to cry from laughter today, start here.

If you’ve never taken a road trip across the plains of America, you’ll be able to see the attraction. Although you may think twice about taking the whole family!

Little Miss Sunshine herself and her family travel to California to help the little girl realize her dream of competing in a beauty pageant. It’s probably not what you’re expecting. Have fun!

FYI… If you’re a fan of the USA, you might also be interested in the top 10 coolest cities to visit in America?

Keep looking forward…

So there you have it: 9 travel movies that can help you keep positive and stay entertained while we’re not allowed to travel. Did they satisfy your travel cravings?

(If you need a little more then take a look at these 20+20 top destinations for 2020 for our post-pandemic travel plans.)

These movies are great inspiration. But movies can only do so much – check out our article on how to stay social while social distancing for ideas on how to look after your mental health and stay positive during lockdown.

What are you doing to stay positive while self-isolating?

Whether you are celebrating New Year’s in a foreign megacity surrounded by partying strangers or at home with friends, family, or other people you care about. You’ll undoubtedly take part in New Year’s traditions that will help you reflect on the past year and perhaps get inspired to make changes in the new year with New Year’s resolutions.

Photos, taken on New Year’s Eve, look amazing – as long as you know the main rules for the perfect New Year’s Eve picture! Not sure about that? Find the tips here.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve worldwide

New Year’s Eve is a global festivity celebrated all around the globe. From carrying empty suitcases to hitting sleeping kids with onions, the different traditions around the world on this magical evening are freaky, to say the least. Let’s take a look at some of the most flabbergasting new year’s tradition and the one that unites us all: Setting our New Year’s resolutions.

Carrying empty suitcases in Colombia

Colombian’s love to travel. To summon a hopefully year full of epic travel, some Colombians carry their empty suitcases around the block!

A smile in Japan

In Japan, people eat a snack called Mochi on NYE. It is a delicious filled candy featuring an incredibly soft texture. Munching on this powdered, white delight will secure good luck for the coming year.

In a Buddhist tradition, ringing a bell 108 times is believed to banish all your sins. Smiling as you transition into the New Year is also thought to bring good luck in Japan.

Tapping children with onions in Greece

On New Year’s Eve in Greece, people hang onions on the front door of their home. This symbolizes rebirth in the new year. On actual New Year’s Day, the children are woken up by their parents, as they tap their young ones on the head with the very same onion.

Burning sculptures in Panama

People in Panama burn sculptures or puppets of prominent personalities, such as TV personalities or political figures. These represent the old year, which needs to be burnt to make space for something new and better.

Polka Dot Pesos in the Philippines

Filipinos value their Peso on NYE. Round shapes are placed all around the house, as these remind them of coins, which are a symbol of prosperity. Some households even display piles of round fruits and eat exactly 12 round fruits, such as grapes or oranges at midnight. Some also dig through their wardrobe to find a polka dot shirt.

More decoration ideas for New Year’s Eve you can find here.

Spaniards also eat on 12 grapes

One grape for each stroke of the clock at midnight. Each grape consumed translates to one month of good luck in the next year. In bigger cities, people gather on the street to eat their grapes together and flush them down with plenty of cava (a sparkling white or rosΓ© wine).

The Evolution of the New Year’s resolution

When the new year approaches and people start reflecting on their past year, most of them feel like they want to improve something within the coming year. These New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes, whether its spending more time with family or losing half your body weight. While many of us don’t manage to meet our goals, setting these goals, and talking about them with others is a great way to get motivated for the new year.

The rich history of the annual resolution

While New Year’s resolutions are a tradition that is most prevalent in Western cultures, they have globalized over the past decades. You may think that New Year’s resolutions are a modern phenomenon, but they are, in fact, an ancient tradition that dates back at least a couple of millennia. 

It is believed the Babylonians started setting New Year’s resolutions around 4000 years ago. They used to celebrate New year during the first new moon after the spring equinox. This new year’s festivities lasted 11 days. The Babylonians made New Year’s resolutions during this festival in order to satisfy their gods. Their goals were set on returning borrowed equipment or getting out of debt.

Farmers in the Roman empire were urged to make a β€œgood gesture” on the 1st of January by getting started on tasks they intended to get done throughout the year.

While there is no definite link from ancient Roman New Year’s traditions to our modern New Year’s resolutions, the aspiration to make a change or step out of your comfort zone at the beginning of the new year is repeatedly present. 

Keeping the New Year’s resolutions

Even though this is kind of obvious, you might be shocked at just how few people keep their New Year’s resolutions. According to a study from 2007 with 3000 participants, only a mere 12% of people who make these resolutions actually kept them.

Are you one of those people? πŸ˜‰ Then we’ve got an idea for you! Send a postcard as a reminder to your future self. Write down your 2020 goals on a postcard and use our new scheduling function to send the card just when you need the motivation the most!

The top New Year’s resolutions

There are, of course, a variety of New Year’s resolutions but some of them are particularly common. You can find a collection here, get inspired:

  • Diet, weight loss and fitness
  • Reading more
  • environmentally responsible
  • Learn something new (like a language)
  • Save money
  • Strengthen mental well-being
  • Be a kinder human
  • Get a better job
  • Travel more
  • Spend more time and money on charity
  • Drinking less
  • Sleeping more
  • Make new friends