No offense to Elizabeth Gilbert and her personal journey… but if I hear another person say – “Aww, you’re doing an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’” in response to my decision to travel the world, I swear I’m going to lose it and throw my shoe at someone.
I can understand why some people might associate what I’m about to do with that book/movie, but please! Ms Gilbert did not invent round the world solo female travelers!
I do, however, have a list of (way better) movies that gave me an overwhelming sense of wanderlust. These are movies that made me go home afterwards and check flights to their featured destinations, and some of them actually made me book! A fair warning: Some of these (or all of them) are chick flicks… but if we can get past that, you’ll see that these visually stimulating films actually have a lot more to it than the sappy, fuzzy and unrealistic story lines. They got me out the door for one thing…
Here it is, 10 of the many movies that inspired me to travel.
1. Under The Tuscan Sun
2. Midnight in Paris
3. My Life in Ruins
5. Leap Year
6. Letters to Juliet
'"What" and "If" are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if?'
7. PS I Love You
OK now this movie, along with "Leap Year" is an Ireland overload - but in a good way. To those of you who have seen the movie, remember that scene where Jerry was describing the first time he saw Holly? How he said he's never seen so many colors on a woman before, but that she somehow looked like she belonged? That's it. That was the moment I knew I HAD to go to Ireland. And I did. And I loved it!And yes, I did bawl my eyes out in this movie. Several times. *sniff*
8. Chasing Liberty
This movie is a "Roman Holiday" wannabe, but they go to Prague, Berlin, Austria and Italy! And there's skinny dipping in the Danube, and bungee jumping and a Love Parade! It's awesome! And Matthew Goode is hot! (Did I say that already?)
9. The Lord Of The Rings
10. The Lizzie McGuire Movie
This is probably the one movie in this list that I’m most ashamed of. First, because it’s Hilary Duff, and second, because I actually enjoyed it. Yes I used to watch Lizzie McGuire on the Disney Channel. And Yes I rooted for Lizzie and Gordo. Shut up.In my defense, I saw this when I was a lot younger and I was still living in the Philippines then. I was jealous of American kids that had the opportunity to go on exchange programs or exposure trips to Europe. The farthest we got in the Philippines was a province 2 hours away from the city! Anyway… the Lizzie McGuire Movie poster also had a significant tagline: The only risk in an adventure is not taking it at all. It’s cheesy… but cute, right? Right??
Voila, everybody! That’s my top 10. There are still quite a few that I would’ve wanted to include on here but I don’t want to overdo it. Time to hear from YOU! What are your favorite travel movies? Anything in particular you want to recommend I should see to pump me up for the trip? Please leave comments below! I’d love to hear about your list! :)
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