If you’ve seemingly run out of things to watch, you’re not alone. It’s hard to hone in on a good TV show or movie when the choices are overwhelming (experts refer to it as “decision fatigue”). But don’t fret—we’ve compiled five of our favorite travel-inspired movies that’ll transport you to another place and spark your wanderlust for future trips. Peruse our film picks below.


No movie captures the lush scenery and native culture of the Pacific Islands more beautifully than this 2016 animated Disney blockbuster. To get the setting just right, Disney sent its technical animators and writers to Polynesia to work with anthropologists, linguists, and cultural practitioners from Tahiti, Samoa, and Fiji. Catchy song lyrics—written in part by Lin-Manuel Miranda—and a coming-of-age plot that’ll tug at your heartstrings heighten the movie’s charm.

Streaming now on Disney+.

Roman Holiday

This 1953 cinema classic endures for a few reasons—not only did it mark Audrey Hepburn’s big-screen debut (and earned the ingenue her first Academy Award), but it’s also an elegant love letter to Italy’s capital city. Shot on location in Rome, the romantic comedy showcases iconic city attractions, including the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum, as well as the movie’s two leads (Hepburn and Gregory Peck) weaving in and out of traffic on a Vespa scooter. What could be more Italian?

Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Google Play.

The Darjeeling Limited

Wes Anderson focuses his whimsical lens on the sub-continent in his 2007 adventure comedy, starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman as three brothers on a journey by train across India, attempting to reconnect after their father’s funeral. Gorgeously shot, the film highlights the stark beauty of the Himalayas, the colorful temples of Jodhpur, and the romantic notion of traveling by train.

Streaming now on Hulu. Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, and iTunes.


This 2004 indie darling helped transform California wine country from a vino lover’s playground to a revered international travel destination. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church play a pair of old pals on an elegant bachelor trip of sorts, and the movie follows their hijinks as they swirl, sniff, and sip their way through the Santa Ynez Valley in picturesque central California.

Streaming now on Hulu. Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, and iTunes.

Midnight in Paris

As leading lady Adriana (played by Marion Cotillard) opines in this 2011 fantasy comedy, “That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.” The film follows Gil (Owen Wilson) as a struggling screenwriter who visits modern-day Paris—and finds himself mysteriously transported to 1920s Paris each night at the stroke of midnight, where he rubs shoulders with Lost Generation artists like Hemingway and Picasso. It’s a must-see for anyone who daydreams about the City of Light.

Available to rent on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and iTunes.

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