The only thing that most of us wish we could do is board the next flight and fly off to some exotic location. But alas! All the travelling that we have done in the last few months is from the bedroom to the living room and back with an occasional detour to the kitchen. And like me if you feel, you now know each nook and cranny of your home, the best sunlight spots, the quieter sanctum or the cluttered TV room that makes you feel less lonely, then you really need a break. But how? You can’t help being stuck at home but you can let your imagination free. Better still, here’s a list of movies that will transport you to stunning locales and into the midst of exciting adventures. Read on and buckle up for some virtual travel.
In these difficult times all we need is a little bit of feel-good fantasy and lots of good cheer—the movie gives you both plus some spectacular views of small sea-side American towns. Shot in the coastal cities of Southport and Wilmington, the movie has some memorable scenes set in pristine beaches, lazy rivers that drift you into stunning views, and beautiful forest trails. If you are still not convinced, it features the absolutely delectable Josh Duhamel in the lead. Do you need any more reasons, ladies?
The movie is a visual treat for extreme sports enthusiasts and travellers alike. Filmed across United States, Mexico, Tahiti, Venezuela, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, the movie showcases mind-blowing stunts amidst the raw beauty of nature. From tall, intimidating waterfalls to massive fissures in the Alps, from rugged mountains to angry waves, you get a taste of soul-stirring adventures in Point Break.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
If you like to explore breathtaking locales, peppered with a dose of Mills & Boons kind of romance, then this movie is just right for you. At the heart of Devon, which serves as the film’s titular island, there is the heart warming love story of a London-bred author Juliet Ashton and Adam Dawsey, a pig farmer in remote Guernsey Island. The movie uses Bristol and Devon to recreate the rural beauty of 1940s England.
The Big Year
The movie, an adaptation of the best-selling book by Mark Obmascik, is based on a true story. The plot revolves around three singularly obsessed men, who want to outdo the other two when it comes to being "the best birder in the world”. Though the movie is a comedy, doing a “big year” which requires a participant to identify more than 700 species, travel 270,000 miles, and spend 270 days away from home, is serious business. Shot mostly in Vancouver, Tofino and Atlanta, the movie puts out some stunning sceneries and more than a dozen species of birds.
This romantic drama is the sequel to the 1995 movie, Before Sunrise, where Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delphy) meet and spend an evening together in Vienna. Before Sunset picks up their romance from there, as the duo meet again in Paris. Get some scenic glimpses of the Seine River, pretty cobbled streets and the old world buildings in the back alleys of Paris.
The story about a couple of hitmen, beautifully captures the fairytale city of Bruges. Winding canals, medieval architecture, stone bridges and quaint pubs and cafes, the movie takes you to all these places and more.
Zinadagi Na Milegi Dobara
One of the most popular road trip movies of Bollywood, Zindgai Na Milegi Dobara packs in some stunning Spanish locations, adventure sports, a moving story about friendship and a cute love story. And most importantly, there are a few life lessons to be picked from here too.
Under The Tuscan Sun
The film shot in and around the town of Cortona, is filled with some breathtaking sceneries and powerful performances by Diane Lane. A comedy-drama, the movie revolves round a divorcee coming to terms with her new self. She meets some interesting people on this tour of Tuscany and stays in an incredibly beautiful house cut into the hillside and overlooking glistening waters.
Letters To Juliet
This movie is set in one of the most beautiful countries of the world, Italy. The story follows the adventures of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), Claire Smith-Wyman (Vanessa Redgrave), and Claire’s grandson, Charlie Wyman (Chris Egan)in and around Verona and Tuscan. The three set out on a journey to find Claire’s long lost lover Lorenzo and in the process we get treated to rolling meadows, sleepy villages, hillsides blanketed in grape vines, magical sunsets and star-filled, clear summer skies.
The Darjeeling Limited
Three brothers embark on an epic train journey about The Darjeeling Limited that takes them on a scenic route via the colourful and vibrant cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur. The brothers resolve their differences and Lear a few life lessons along the journey. Watch it to fall in love with the beautiful Rajasthan countryside.