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7 Travel Inspired Movies to Watch if You Can't Actually Travel ...

By Lezlie

I created a list of travel inspired movies to watch just to hold me over until my next international trip. If you love to travel I think you will appreciate this list of scenic movies. If you haven't traveled abroad yet, they will give you a taste of different cultures. You may find yourself inspired to plan your own trip after watching these travel inspired movies.

1 Eat, Pray, Love

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Eat, Pray, Love has become one of my favorite travel inspired movies because the story takes place in multiple foreign locations. If you didn't jump on the wagon and read the book when it first came out, the movie is quite good. Julia Roberts plays the main character who is based on the original memoir's author. After her divorce she finds herself going on a spiritual journey through Italy, India and Indonesia. You'll get to go on the journey with her and possibly ask yourself important questions while experiencing these gorgeous countries on screen.

2 Before Sunrise

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Before Sunrise and the two movies that follow in this romantic trilogy by director Richard Linklater are in my personal film collection. If you love Paris and you love a great love story then you should love Before Sunrise. What's unique about the style of this movie is that it makes you feel like you're there with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. It's like being a fly on the wall and you get to watch their intimacy develop. The dialogue is superb, their chemistry is real and Paris is lovely as ever.

3 Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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This steamy movie is one of my favorite Woody Allen creations. The cast is pitch perfect and the city of Barcelona will captivate you. I'm sure you have heard stories of women falling for a mysterious Spanish lover while back packing through Europe. In this movie, Javier Bardem is that guy and Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall are those girls. I actually watched this movie again recently even though I'd seen it years ago because I miss Barcelona. By the way, if you make it to Barcelona in real life you should definitely check out the Gaudi House.

4 Out of Africa

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This movie is older than some of the others on this list but it's hard to go wrong with Meryl Streep or Africa. Though the film is more character driven than anything, you will still get an idea of what life was like in British East Africa as it becomes Kenya. Because this movie is set around the First World War it's certainly not the most recent film concerning Africa. But there is still great beauty captured in the landscape and getting to know more about the Maasai tribe is key to the film's plot.

5 Lost in Translation

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I've wanted to visit Japan as long as I can remember. I think it started with my dad bringing me gifts back from Japan when he returned from his navy trips. I found everything about their culture exciting,;the colorful candy, the colorful clothes and the awesome TV programs. Lost In Translation is a fun movie by Sofia Coppola that stars Scarlett Johansson and Billy Murray. I think this movie is great because it really captures what it's like to experience Japan as an American who may not be well versed in the culture.

6 A Room with a View

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Based on the classic book by E.M. Foster, this movie starring Helena Bonham Carter and Maggie Smith follows a young woman in a repressed Edwardian era England who travels to the great city of Florence. Not only will you get to experience other countries through this film but you'll also be transported to another era. This is a great story about having to choose between following your heart or settling for a lie.

7 Ladies in Lavender

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Judie Dench and Maggie Smith are always a perfect foundation for a movie, don't you think? Add the picturesque coastal county of Cornwall to the mix and a handsome young man and you've set yourself up for a lovely visual experience. Ladies In Lavender is the type of movie you'll want to watch when you want to cozy up on a lazy day and rest.

I'm sure there are more inspiring movies out there that spark that place in your heart to travel the world. Can you think of any movies you'd add to this list? I'd love to hear about them and add them to my collection.

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