The Best Travel Films for Those Experiencing Wanderlust

As the holiday season quickly approaches, so too does the desire to travel. With a third wave of the pandemic threatening another shutdown, though, the likelihood of travel the rest of the year is slim. But not to worry! The cure for your wanderlust is available with just the click of a remote button; these travel films will provide you the perfect escape, even if just for a few hours.

The Fundamentals of Caring

If there’s anything that Hollywood has taught us, it’s that Paul Rudd is absolutely timeless. Aside from that, his films bring with them an undeniable chemistry between himself and all other characters, and The Fundamentals of Caring is no exception.

The story follows Rudd’s character and a disabled teen on a road trip that highlights hope and friendship and will leave you feeling better about the world.

The film is littered with stunning performances, comedic elements, and enough heart to fill your own with happiness. If you’ve been itching for a road trip, you’ll find everything you need, right here.


The 2014 film starring Reese Witherspoon epitomizes the necessity of reconnecting with nature—you might just find yourself along the way.

The film follows Witherspoon’s character as she deals with the loss of her mother and marital difficulties. Seeing the toll her self-destructive behavior is taking, she willingly embarks on a journey along one of the most challenging trails in the country: the Pacific Crest Trail.

Not only is Witherspoon’s performance one of her best, but the film is also chock-full of heart and the power of the female spirit, which is enough to make it a must-watch for the female audience.

Aside from that, the focus on nature and emphasis on the great outdoors is stunning. It might just inspire your next camping trip.

Under the Tuscan Sun

Ah oldie but a goodie, there are few among us that long for a travel film without thinking of Under the Tuscan Sun. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re looking for a life-affirming, feel-good type film, settle in and enjoy!

This 2003 romantic comedy follows Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) on a tour of Italy as she escapes an onslaught of depression brought on by a cheating husband who, Mayes will learn, is totally replaceable.

Does it reinvent the wheel? Not at all. But the film is beautiful, featuring spectacular scenery of the Italian countryside, and such beauty makes up for any lack in storytelling perfection.

If you’re longing for an Italian escape, you may not be able to book a flight, but Under the Tuscan Sun is, without a doubt, the next best thing.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Released in 2016, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is obscure, unique, and a film you’ve probably never heard of. Once you give it a chance, however, you’ll be so affected by the film’s message that you’ll be recommending it to everyone you meet.

The offbeat comedy follows a boy and his foster father stranded in the New Zealand wilderness. At times downright deadpan, the film relies heavily on dark humor, but blends it seamlessly with an element of drama that doesn’t ever feel out of place.

New Zealand is a travel hub on just about everyone’s bucketlist, and you’ll feel transported by the stunning scenery paired with an engaging storyline that relies on typical New Zealander humor.

The desire to travel is real, but these travel films are the wanderlust cure that you’ve been waiting for all pandemic long. So make yourself a vacation-worthy cocktail, set the mood with some authentic cuisine, and enjoy this small mental escape from your living room.

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