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The Best Movies for Virtual Travel



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If social distancing at home has you longing for the day when you can pack your suitcase and jet off to a tropical island, help is at hand via a myriad of movies set in exotic locales.

From Indonesia to the rolling hills of Tuscany, the following movies will help transport you to some amazing virtual tourist destinations.

Eat Pray Love
Even though we may be practicing social distancing at home, we can still take in the gorgeous scenery (and food) of Italy, India and Indonesia thanks to this 2010 movie starring Julia Roberts. Based on the bestselling autobiographical book by Elizabeth Gilbert, Roberts portrays Gilbert’s travels through three countries as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery after going through a divorce.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
There’s nothing like the tropical scenery of Hawaii to calm our frazzled nerves and whisk us away to a beach-front resort. Forgetting Sarah Marshall tells the tale of Peter who chooses to get over his ex-girlfriend by taking a trip to Hawaii. Only problem? His ex is also staying at the same resort with her new boyfriend.

Featuring Reese Witherspoon, Wild tells the real-life story of Cheryl Strayed who, with no experience, decided to hike the 1,100 mile Pacific Crest Trail on a journey of self-discovery and healing. Featuring the gorgeous scenery of the Pacific Northwest, Wild is a must see!

Out of Africa
Based on the real life story of author Isak Dinesen (real name Karen Blixen), Out of Africa is a cinematographic treasure showcasing Dinesen’s life in Kenya. The gorgeous scenery of the country featured in the movie will definitely place Kenya on your travel bucket list.

Under the Tuscan Sun
Based on Francis Mayes’ 1996 memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun takes viewers on a jaw-droppingly beautiful journey through Tuscany, Italy. Diane Lane stars as the newly-divorced Mayes, who decides to buy an Italian villa on a whim and embark on a new life.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Featuring some amazing travel destinations, including Greenland and Iceland, the movie follows main character Walter Mitty, whose travel daydreams have literally inspired real life movie-goers to embark on travel adventures of their own!