Your ticket to freedom doesn’t have to look like a boarding pass.
There’s not much to do lately besides binge-watch your favorite shows and movies. Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime—they all hold thousands of hours worth of content that we all mindlessly consume because what else are we gonna do, be productive? I don’t think so.
No one is certain how much longer this pandemic will go on for. That means more time in your house, and more time watching whatever it takes to distract us from our current reality. Between the scary news in our world and some of our guilty pleasure shows we’ve seen hundreds of times, it can feel like there’s just no escaping this…or isn’t there?
During this time, a lot of us are yearning for the chance to get out and travel—whether it’s to the beach or your local coffee shop—just to see anything other than the same four walls. Well, what if we told you that you can still get that escape (unfortunately still inside the four walls, because #socialdistancing) and indulge in your ever-growing wanderlust all thanks to the power of film.
Although that 10th time starting The Office from the beginning sounds tempting, picturing yourself in Scranton, Pennsylvania does not. Take a look at some movies that will leave you immersed in another culture from the comfort of your couch:
1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Greenland, Iceland)
Each shot is more beautiful than the next. This is perfect film for the average daydreamer looking to indulge in that spontaneous trip—or watch someone else do it.
2. Eat, Pray, Love (Indonesia, India, Italy)
The title says it all: she eats, she prays, and she really loves. Perfect if you’re looking to add a few things (or everything) to your bucket list.
3. Midnight in Paris (Paris)
This film explores the beauty that is Paris, rain or shine. By the end of it, you’ll be just as eager to move there as Owen Wilson’s character was.
4. Lost in Translation (Tokyo)
The unexpected yet heartwarming duo of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson will have you setting flight alerts for Tokyo, because the city has never seemed so appealing as when these two are running through it!
5. Call Me By Your Name (Italy)
If you’ve never coveted a trip Italy, watching this will do the trick. You’ll practically taste the gelato and feel the Italian sunshine the minute you turn this on.
6. Wild (Oregon)
Based on a true story, this will leave you either inspired to start your next big adventure or incredibly glad that this isn’t you walking 1,000 miles. Either way, the views in this film are unbeatable.
7. Jurassic Park (Hawaii)
If you’re not a fan of horror, you’ll be a fan of this scenery. This classic was filmed in Hawaii and apart from the terrifying T-Rex running around, it’s a location you will find yourself seriously wishing you were.
8. Lord of the Rings (New Zealand)
Fantasy adventure isn’t everyone’s go-to film genre, but once you see where this thing was filmed you’ll change your mind. From the beautiful, quaint huts to the endless green pastures, it might just be your new favorite film to escape into.
9. Harry Potter (UK)
A magical cult-classic filled with fantasy and escape in more ways than just location, but in between the interior shots of Hogwarts, you’ll swear it’s CGI.
10. Interstellar (Space)
If you’re really looking for an escape, than it really doesn’t get much more adventurous than searching for another habitable planet in our universe. With literally out-of-this-world visual graphics shuttling you to whole new worlds, you’ll be captivated from the moment they take off. And in the best case scenarios, you may even come out with a little more appreciation for the world that we already have.