With travel plans halted all around the world due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, many of us find ourselves longing for the days that we can get away again. Escape the reality of your quarantine and social distancing with these classic movies travel related films!
1. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
A romantic comedy-drama adapted from the Terry McMillan novel featuring Stella (Angela Basset), a very successful 40 year old stockbroker who is persuaded by her college bestie, Delilah (Whoopie Goldberg) to take a well deserved first class trip to Montego Bay. While soaking in the luxurious natural beauty of Jamaica, she meets a handsome islander, Winston (Taye Diggs) who is 20 years her junior! As he pursues her, she takes stock of her personal life and tries to find balance between her desire for love and romance and her responsibilities as a mother and businesswoman back home in California.
2. Eat Pray Love ( 2010)
Based on Elizabeth Gilmore’s memoir, Eat Pray Love, the film follows a newly divorced Elizabeth (Julia Roberts) on a journey as she reflects on the things she thought she wanted in life, a husband, a house, a successful career - the modern woman starter kit! After achieving all of this she found herself lost, confused and searching for something new and truly meaningful. She steps out of her comfort zone and in her travels indulges in the true pleasure of nourishment by eating Italy, the power of prayer in India and the total satisfaction of inner peace and unexpected love in Indonesia.
3. Girls Trip (2017)
The relatable comedy starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith follows a group of four girlfriends who go to New Orleans to attend the Essence Music Festival in order to reconnect many years after college where they first met!
4. Roman Holiday (1953)
A black and white classic set in Rome, starring Audrey Hephburn and Gregory Peck. Audrey plays a princess on a goodwill tour and Peck, an American journalist. In a chance encounter, Peck allows a young, mysterious seemingly drunk woman to sleep it off at his apartment. The next day’s headlines tell of a princess who cancels her engagements due to illness. Piecing it together, the journalist plays a local tour guide to the princess and romance ensues.
5. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
The film features Rachel Chu, a Chinese-American professor who travels to Singapore to meet her fiancé's wealthy family. She is introduced to their old-money elite world filled with yacht parties and royal weddings, but between all that extravagance, Rachel—and viewers—get glimpses of the city's best sights: Gardens by the Bay, the infinity pool of Marina, Chinatown's pastel-colored shophouses, and all the hawker center street food. We bet our last roll of tp that this movie will have you actively researching a trip to Singapore.
6. Thelma and Louise (1991)
Thelma & Louise is the story of 2 women escaping good-for-nothing men and setting off on their own adventure. Ultimately, Thelma and Louise don't get their happy ending, but their movie paved the way for countless other women to hit the road on their own.
7. Queen of Katwe (2016)
Escape to Uganda and watch the journey of a young girl, played by Madina Nalwanga, who overcomes life’s obstacles by playing chess. The film was shot in the Katwe slums in Kampala, Uganda and in Johannesburg, South Africa.
8. Two For the Road (1967)
Two for the Road is a 1967 British rom com starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. The two, as husband and wife, examine their twelve-year relationship while on a road trip to Southern France. Tune in for beautiful sights and vintage resort wear.
9. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
The 1974 mystery boasts an excellent ensemble cast led by Albert Finney as Agatha Christie's iconic Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. He’s minding his own business on the long-distance train when a fellow passenger is murdered in the middle of the night. Poirot agrees to investigate the murder, along with the train's first-class compartment full of characters, ranging from a Russian princess to a gorgeous young countess. Throw in the snowy Yugoslavian countryside, and train travel has never looked so glamorous.