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7 Movies to Pacify Your Wanderlust

You don’t have to leave your house to see the world

We tend to lean towards the perception that when summer comes along, big adventures follow. So often, we want to travel and explore new horizons to help fill those carefree days. Unfortunately for most people, this is not always the case. We are usually tied down with summer jobs, classes and other responsibilities. However, it is possible to see some of the world without ever having to leave the house. So crank up the AC, sit back and enjoy these 7 travel-inspiring movies.

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1. What a Girl Wants

If you want to hop across the pond while you remain sitting on your couch, this is the movie for you. What a Girl Wants follows a teenage girl who is searching for her father. As events unfold, she discovers that he is a political figure in England, so she hops a plane to go and find him. This comedy starring Amanda Bynes was shot mostly in England, including London and Oxfordshire.

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2. Eat Pray Love

This film is about a woman who divorces her husband and takes an extended trip in order to find herself. Her stops include Italy, India and Indonesia. Because this film offers such a variety of locations it does lean toward being a bit drawn-out, but the scenery of each stop is definitely worth the wait.

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3. The Inbetweeners Movie

The Inbetweeners is based on the popular British television series of the same name. The plot follows four best friends as they head off on vacation to Malia on the isle of Crete before they begin college in the fall. These boys consistently find themselves in hilarious situations, making for lots of very light comedy. While you will be seeing some parts of England and listening to British accents throughout the film, you will experience most of the film in Malia, making this movie a grand time.

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4. Thelma and Louise

If you are looking to stay in the continental U.S., this movie is perfect. This empowering comedy trails two women who leave their boring lives in order to drive cross-country, but find themselves in trouble with the law. In this film, Thelma and Louise leave Arkansas and hit the usual tourist spots such as the Grand Canyon on their journey. In reality, the movie was shot primarily in California and Utah, but it really is difficult to tell any difference.

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5. The Holiday

If you are looking for a film in both the U.S. and abroad, this one is ideal. The Holiday boasts an all-star cast featuring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black. This movie is about two women who are fed up with their lives and decide to swap homes for the Christmas holiday- one going to a mansion in Los Angeles and the other to a cottage in England. But just as in life, this romantic comedy shows that even if you travel clear across the world, you still cannot run from your problems.

6. Roman Holiday

Throwing it back to 1953, Roman Holiday is the epitome of a classic. This film stars Audrey Hepburn as a princess on a tour of Europe. While in Rome, she finds herself blowing off her previous engagements in order to go on one continuous party throughout the city. An American reporter who was supposed to interview her uncovers her secret, and then the twists and laughs begin. Roman Holiday is spectacular not only because it was actually filmed on location in Rome, but also because it gives audiences amazing shots of iconic landmarks, such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

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7. The Endless Summer

Summer never has to end! This documentary about surfers takes you on a ride all over the world in the search for the “perfect wave.” Spots include California, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and Tahiti. Even if you are not into surfing, this movie offers too many beautifully scenic locations to pass up.

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Travel inspiration can come from all sorts of places, and these movies are a perfect example of that. Just because you cannot explore the world at the moment does not mean that there isn’t a way to calm that travel bug. So pop some popcorn and start planning your next trip!

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Amanda Hackney

Pennsylvania State University | 9 stories

Amanda Hackney is a public relations major and international studies minor at Penn State University. She spent her second semester of junior year abroad in Dublin, Ireland. When she is not exploring the world, Amanda can be found curled up with a good book, hanging out with friends or baking fabulous cakes in her kitchen. Follow her on Instagram @amanda_hackney and Twitter @hackcittty

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