15 (More) Movies That Will Make You Want To Pack Your Bags

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We love movies.  There are so many good travel films out there.  We had so much fun putting together the last list that we thought 15 more films would help to keep the travel juices flowing.  Enjoy!
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About the Film:
Sandra Bullock is at her funniest in the fresh, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy The Proposal. On the verge of being deported and losing the high-powered job she lives for, the controlling Margaret (Bullock) announces she’s engaged to her unsuspecting, put-upon assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds). After proposing a few demands of his own, the mismatched couple heads to Alaska, where they have four short days to convince his quirky family and a very skeptical immigration agent that their charade is real. Featuring a star-studded supporting cast, including Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson and the delightfully inappropriate Betty White, this madcap comedy will have you saying “yes” to The Proposal again and again.
Our 2 Cents:
Visiting Alaska has been on our “living List” forever.  The setting in “The Proposal” just strengthens our resolve to make it happen.  It is gloriously picturesque.  Fair warning:  you can only arrive at the town via boat or plane.
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Steel Magnolias

About the Film:
Six divas of the silver screen – Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts – come together as bosom buddies in this hilarious and heart-warming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana parish. At the centre of the group is Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), newly married and joyfully pregnant, despite the fact that her diabetes could make childbirth life-threatening. Terrified and angry at the possibility of losing her only daughter, M’Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field) looks to her four closest friends for strength and laughter as she battles her deepest fear of death in order to join Shelby in celebrating the miracle of new life.
Our 2 Cents:
Doesn’t this movie make you want to make a batch of mint juleps and have a lawn party?  One would not immediately think that Natchitoches is a hot-spot for tourism, but Steel Magnolias put the small town in Louisiana on the map.  Fans of the film can book a pilgrimage tour of the film that features the houses used for the shoot.  The principle house used in the movie is now a B&B.  Charming southern hospitality awaits (in the hope that characters like these actually DO exist!)
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The disarming comedy A Little Romance features Diane Lane as a 13-year-old American, living in Paris with her businessman stepfather (Arthur Hill) and her promiscuous mother (Sally Kellerman). Mom is currently enamored with pretentious-filmmaker David Dukes, and it is on the set of Dukes’ latest picture that Lane meets another 13-year-old, insatiable French film buff Thelonious Bernard. A likeable street-smart petty thief and gambler, Bernard is instantly attracted to Lane. With the help of roguish old Laurence Olivier, Lane and Bernard arrange a romantic rendezvous under the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Naturally, when the kids disappear it’s a cause for international concern, but all ends as it should.
Our 2 Cents:
The premise of “lovers who kiss beneath the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, at sunset as the bells of the Campanile toll, will love each other forever” is enough to make anyone grab their partner and jet off to Venice.  The sweeping views of Paris and Venice make us swoon, so much so that we can sort of accept a pair of adolescents chasing love from Paris to Italy as a travel movie.  (This movie was THE one which inspired Tara to go to Venice initially!)
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Midnight in Paris

About the Film:
Gil (Owen Wilson: Wedding Crashers, The Royal Tenenbaums) and Inez (Rachel McAdams: Sherlock Holmes, The Notebook) are engaged to be married, on holidays in Paris with her parents. They are officially in love, but maybe what Gil really loves is Paris in the springtime. Gil is quick to admit he’s a nostalgic who feels like he was born in the wrong time. The past seems much more exciting than the moment he lives in. Exploring Paris on his own, Gil embarks on an enchanted journey to discover streets alive with hidden wonders that will change his life forever. Midnight in Paris’ wonderful cast alongside Wilson and McAdams includes Kathy Bates (Titanic), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) and Adrien Brody (The Pianist). An exhilarating valentine to the City of Light, Midnight in Paris is a sheer pleasure to watch – beguiling, magical, thoughtful and very funny, and a tribute to dreamers and romantics everywhere.
Our 2 Cents:
This film reminds us to appreciate where we are in the moment as we travel back in time to 1920’s Paris and meet Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald… some of our favourite writers of all time.  Besides, is there a better city to stroll at night than the cobblestoned streets of Paris?
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From the creators of “Caddyshack,” “Animal House” and “Groundhog Day” comes this #1 box office hit that spawned two sequels! Chevy Chase mans the wheel and convinces his all-American family that the way to really enjoy their holiday is to hit the road west for Wally World. And so the Griswalds take us in their station wagon on the ultimate comic cross-country trip full of laughs, landmarks, falling asleep at the wheel, and just how to deal with annoying Aunt Edna’s (Imogene Coca, “Your Show of Shows”) untimely fate in the middle of the “perfect” vacation. Featuring the hysterically zany cast of John Candy (“Cool Runnings,” “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”), fellow SCTV alumn and Emmy-winner Eugene Levy (“Father of the Bride”), Saturday Night Live alumns Anthony Michael Hall (“The Breakfast Club”), Brian Doyle-Murray (“Groundhog Day”) and Oscar-nominee Randy Quaid (“The Paper”), and supermodel Christie Brinkley.
Our 2 Cents:
Yes, this is the original version.  It’s a classic.  The ultimate family road trip, and true to most folk’s experiences, it climaxes with holding a security guard at gun point in order to enjoy some quality time with the family.
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Based on the true story of anthropologist Dian Fossey, whose travels to the African wilderness began as a study of the rare mountain gorillas and became a single-minded devotion to protect the animals from poachers and those who would capture the great apes to ship them off to zoos. Starring Golden Globe-winner Sigourney Weaver (“Galaxy Quest,” the “Alien” movie series), Golden Globe-nominee Bryan Brown (“F/X,” “The Thorn Birds”) and Emmy-winner Julie Harris (“East of Eden,” “The Haunting”), and directed by Michael Apted (“Thunderheart,” “The World Is Not Enough”).
Our 2 Cents:
A poignant reminder that eco-systems are fragile and we have to respect all creatures big and small.  We know so little, even now, about the impact we humans have on this planet.  Dedicated scientists like Dian Fossey inspire us to remember that our lives are a priveledge that should not be taken for granted.
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More than man’s best friend. A mate to the entire community. It’s the film that captivated cinema audiences across the nation and became an instant Aussie classic. Funny, moving and a total charmer, RED DOG is the incredible true story of the wandering, dust-covered Kelpie who hitched his way to the mining town of Dampier and into the hearts of each and every one of its residents. Critics gave this all-ages hit movie “4 stars”, hailing it “wonderful” and a “crowd pleaser” that “should not be missed!” Featuring a fabulous cast including Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama), Rachael Taylor (Transformers) and, in his last film, a memorable cameo from Bill Hunter (The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert). RED DOG wags a great emotional tale of adventure, love and lasting friendship. Based on the best-selling book by Louis de Bernières.
Our 2 Cents:
You will absolutely fall in love with this dog.  Set in the town of Dampier, in Western Australia, visit the statue of “Red Dog”, the cattledog that roamed the area hitching rides from town to town in the 1970’s.  The statue reads “Erected by the many friends made during his travels”.  By the way, it’s exceedingly hot here, perhaps consider visiting in winter.
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Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in Nora Ephron’s wonderfully romantic comedy about two people drawn together by destiny. Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a widowed father who, thanks to the wiles of his worried son, becomes a reluctant guest on a radio call-in show. He’s an instant hit with thousands of female listeners who deluge his Seattle home with letters of comfort. Meanwhile, inspired in equal parts by Sam’s story and by classic Hollywood romance, writer Annie Reed (Ryan) becomes convinced that it’s her destiny to meet Sam. There are just two problems: Annie’s engaged to someone else and Sam doesn’t know yet that they’re made for each other. Co-starring Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson and Rob Riener.
Our 2 Cents:
Tom Hanks lives on a houseboat in the film.  A houseboat in Seattle.  How great is that?  The plot centres around the journeys between the main characters.  Meg Ryan’s character hops on the redeye from NYC to Seattle on a whim to find Tom Hanks’ character.  Then, Tom Hanks flies to NYC to find his son, who flew to NYC to find Meg Ryan because she is destined to marry his Dad.  Between Seattle and New York, it makes you want to rent a houseboat in Seattle and fly to New York to see the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building!
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Screen idol and Academy Award-winning superstar Mel Gibson (“Maverick,” “Lethal Weapon” series) stars in this mythical futuristic tale from writer-director George Miller (“The Witches of Eastwick”). In this boxoffice winner and critical phenomenon, Mad Max joins forces with nuclear holocaust survivors to defend an oil refinery under siege from a ferocious, marauding horde that plunders the land for gasoline. The winner of five Australian Film Institute Awards, Newsweek calls this a “sensational slam-bang end-of-the-world picture.” The New York Times says it’s “an extravagant film fantasy…action packed…[and] extremely witty.” “One of the year’s 10 best,” raves Time Magazine. Followed by “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” in this enormously successful film series.
Our 2 Cents:
People are still flocking to the remote Outback town of Silverton to see the set for themselves.  Silverton does not disappoint…the bar seems like it has never changes.  Pictures of the shoot adorn the walls, and a hot rod or two can be found parked outside.  As a bonus, the beer is served ice cold and the food is pretty tasty too!
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Somebody said get a life…so they did. In Ridley Scott’s adventurous road picture, two friends –unhappy housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) and strong-willed waitress Louise (Susan Sarandon)– leave responsibilities behind to take a weekend fishing trip in the mountains in their 1966 T-bird convertible. But…at a roadside honky-tonk, where they stop to ‘blow off steam,’ a man tries to rape Thelma. Louise reacts by shooting the creep with a .38, and this action turns them into dazed and confused fugitives. Now the subject of a nationwide hunt, they regain their determination and recklessness. The film concludes at the Grand Canyon with an indelible image of their final declaration of freedom.
Our 2 Cents:
One of the first mainstream buddy movies starring two strong female leads pioneered the concept that women can carry on successful solo travel and have a great time while doing it.  Who’s ready for a road trip after watching this one?!
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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s® cinematic treasure, “The Sound of Music” is the winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young Austrian woman who leaves the convent to become a governess for Captain von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven unruly children. Her charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children – and their father. But when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, Maria is forced to attempt a daring escape with her new family.
Our 2 Cents:
Let your spirits soar with music in the stunning hills of Salzburg, Austria.  The opening sequence dazzles the senses.  It feels like you’re living in a fairy-tale as Julie Andrews captivates her audience with her octave-leaping vocals.  The hills really do feel alive.
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It was two weeks that would change their lives forever. Soon after John (Channing Tatum – Public Enemies, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra) and Savannah (Amanda Seyfried – Mamma Mia!, TV’s “Big Love”) fall madly in love, their relationship is put on hold. With one leaving to complete his service, and the other to complete her college education, they pass the time by exchanging a continuous stream of love letters, until they can be reunited permanently a year later. But when war breaks out, their separation is extended indefinitely. Will their relationship survive the greatest test of all: the test of time? Based on the best-selling novel from the author of “The Notebook,” DEAR JOHN is a timeless romance that will warm your heart.
Our 2 Cents:
Well, apart from Tara gushing over Channing Tatum (she is a fan), this movie will make you want to head to South Carolina and hang at the beach for a few weeks. You’ll be setting up a bonfire to enjoy a few good laughs as the moon rises in sky, raising your thumb to it to see if the line in the movie is actually true.  This movie epitomises the American beach experience.
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Lara inspires lechery in Komarovsky (her mother’s lover who is a master at surviving whoever runs Russia) and can’t compete with passion for the revolution of the man she marries, Pasha. Her true love is Zhivago who also loves his wife. Lara is the one who inspires poetry. The story is narrated by Zhivago’s half brother Yevgraf, who has made his career in the Soviet Army. At the beginning of the film he is about to meet a young woman he believes may be the long lost daughter of Lara and Zhivago.
Our 2 Cents:
From the opulence of Imperial Moscow to the flowering countryside of the Ural Mountains to the harsh Siberian tundra, we see the often overlooked beauty of Russia.
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Adapted from the celebrated memoirs, The Motorcycle Diaries is the riveting story of young Che Guevara’s formative travels through South America. Then only a young medical student, Guevara set off with his best friend to ride from Buenos Aires through Chile and Peru to Venezuela. It was a journey that would ultimately transform the young, apolitical introvert into an outspoken revolutionary agitator. A love letter to a continent and its people, The Motorcycle Diaries is a profoundly galvanizing experience, inspiring audiences with its dynamic chronicle of the human spirit.
Our 2 Cents:
This one is mentioned in quite a few ‘must see travel movies’ lists, so we had to check it out.  Now we know why. At it’s heart, it’s about the growth that comes from travel as you confront the discomforts, trials, and tribulations that occur as life on the road unfurls.
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Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star in the comedic drama The Bucket List, directed by Rob Reiner, a touching, no- holds-barred adventure that shows it’s never too late to live life to its fullest. Carter and Edward found themselves sharing a hospital room with plenty of time to think about what might happen next-and about how much of that was in their hands. For all their apparent differences, they soon discovered they had two very important things in common: an unrealized need to come to terms with who they were and the choices they’d made, and a pressing desire to spend the time they had left doing everything they ever wanted to do.
Our 2 Cents:
On the surface, this movie reeks of cliché. It’s never too late…Life your life to the fullest…ect.  But, the talents of Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman pull the movie far above the rhetoric and inspire watchers to take the leap and work to fulfil your dreams while you still have the time to do it.  For us, it highlights the power of travel to make relationships stronger.
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