There’s nothing quite like a movie to transport you far-far away. Whether you’re looking for the sensory overload of a traffic-laden, colourful Jaipur Street or an endless bushveld stretching out in front of you, settle back on the couch and log into Netflix.
We managed to narrow down our favourite travel movies to just ten. Here are our top travel picks from the silver screen.
Under the Tuscan Sun – Italy (2003)
If you’re dreaming of sun-splashed Tuscan fields, endless vineyards, olive groves and after lunch siestas in a faded yet grand Neoclassical villa or warm stone Tuscan farmhouse, Under the Tuscan Sun, is just the ticket.
The movie sees Frances flee to Tuscany to buy a run-down villa after her marriage falls apart. She tackles renovating the house, rediscovering herself in the process, all with romantic day trips to the Amalfi Coast on the side. Buon appetito!
The Lion King – Kenya (2019)
This remake of the Lion King was one of the most anticipated movies of 2019. The top-dollar CGI version features the voices of Beyoncé (as Nala) and South African John Kani (as Rafiki), and was inspired by the ominously named Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya, around 90kms from Nairobi.
Sure, it’s a CGI movie, but you’ll still be transported into the sights and sounds of
the Kenya bushveld, watching as Simba takes up his position in the Circle of Life. Keep the tissues close to hand – you’ll need them!
Mamma Mia – Greece (2008)
Mamma Mia! Here we go again! The first instalment of the jazzed-up Abba musical hit the
silver screen in 2008, inspiring many to travel to the Greek Islands in the footsteps of Donna and friends.
After the release of the sequel in July 2019, travellers went crazy for Skopelos,
Greece - even though, in an exciting twist, it was the real-life island of Vis in
Croatia that was the location for the sequel’s fictional island, Kalokairi.
Crazy Rich Asians – Singapore (2018)
2018’s Crazy Rich Asians movie, based on Kevin Kwan’s book of the same name, turned
the world’s spotlight on fabulous Singapore.
From touchdown at Changi Airport, named Best Airport in the World for a staggering
six consecutive years by Skytrax, this unique island city-state is hard to forget. Just ask main character, Rachel!
Get swept up into the over-the-top drama of life in Singapore. From Hainan chicken and satays at Singapore’s famous hawker centres to the towering Supertrees of Gardens of the Bay, Singapore is a modern day fairy tale.
[h2] The Talented Mr Ripley – Italy (1999)
If you love a dramatic thriller, with a good dose of beautiful places and
people thrown in, check out The Talented Mr Ripley. The movie is set in 1950s Italy and follows characters portrayed by Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon around Italy, from the sunny Amalfi coast to the canals of Venice.
Amelie – Paris (2001)
Book a virtual ticket to the City of Lights while you plan your next in-person visit. Follow quirky Amelie as she journeys through the streets of Montmartre. Laden with moody clouds or tinted a glorious shade of sunshine, Paris has never looked more appealing.
Aladdin – Jordan (2019)
This live-action remake of the Disney classic, launched last year, sees Aladdin and
Princess Jasmine enter a whole new world in the fictional kingdom of Agrabah.
This exotic kingdom is in real-life, the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – India (2011)
If you’re craving the sensory overload of India’s colours, scents and spices, check out (virtually) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
This heart-warming movie sees a group of retired Brits check into the hotel-meets-retirement home, Marigold Hotel in Jaipur. Journey onto the city’s colourful and vibrant streets where an adventure is around every corner. It’s guaranteed to stir your wanderlust.
Moana – Polynesia (2016)
Bundle up with the whole family and escape to a tropical island paradise. Moana embarks on a soul searching and coming of age adventure that will remind you, no matter what is happening in the world, you too have an inner Moana just waiting to be released.
Up – South America (2009)
One for the whole family, Up is a magical digital travel film. Don’t think it’s just for the little ones—journey to South America in this topsy turvy, imagination-expanding adventure.