Movies That Inspire Wanderlust, For When You Desperately Need A Vacation

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It's easy to escape into a movie for two hours at a time. Some movies, however, inspire a real-world escape from the mundane. Films open up parts of the world we may have never seen, or even thought to explore. Watching characters set out on their own adventures can make us wonder why we aren't following our own bliss somewhere incredible. Like, say, to the sandy beaches of the Greek islands (thanks, Mamma Mia!), a villa just outside of Florence (Under the Tuscan Sun, naturally), or even a wild karaoke bar in Tokyo (to finally check off all of our Lost In Translation fantasies.)
Of course, it's much easier to say you wish to travel than to book a flight to Fiji. But if what you need is a little dose of the travel bug to finally kick your butt into gear to plan that vacay, these movies should do the trick. Ready for white-sand beaches, blue oceans, and wide-open skies?
Click through to check out the movies that will surely inspire a serious case of wanderlust.
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

This Angela Bassett flick, about a woman who has a fling with a younger man while on vacation in Jamaica, will make you want a frosty drink in your hand and a white sand beach, stat.
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Amélie (2001)

If roaming the streets of Paris is your idea of a perfect day, this film, about a French woman's journey to happiness, will make you want to book that flight ASAP.
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The Lord Of The Rings (2001)

No, Middle-earth is not a real place, but New Zealand, where the film franchise shot the epic, is. And it looks seriously amazing.
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Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)

If you've ever dreamed about owning a villa in Tuscany, it's probably because you saw this movie.
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Lost In Translation (2003)

If you're more into the hustle and bustle of city life than lounging on the beach, take a trip to Tokyo with Sofia Coppola's Oscar-winning movie.
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50 First Dates (2004)

Whether or not you buy the romance in this movie, you will love all of the gorgeous shots of Hawaii.
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The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (2005)

It's easy to forget that the ultimate friendship movie is also a travel flick. Lena (Alexis Bledel) spends the summer on a mountain in Greece, and Bridget (Blake Lively) hits the beach in Mexico while attending a soccer camp.
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Mamma Mia! (2008)

Even if you despise musicals, you'll looooove the awe-inspiring Greek island upon which all of those dance numbers take place. And hey, there's a wanderlust-producing sequel in the works!
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Couples Retreat (2009)

The plot of this movie may be forgettable, but not the Bora Bora resort where the film is set. It's worth wondering if the producers had a bit of wanderlust as well.
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Eat Pray Love (2010)

You get three amazing locations for the price of one with Eat Pray Love. Based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir of the same name, the film tells the story of the author's travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia. The food is divine, the scenery exquisite, and Javier Bardem's character (the "love" part of the title) isn't bad either.
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

It's a true shame that Dev Patel cannot accompany us on our own adventures in India. Still, this movie, about a hotel for the elderly, is the next best thing.
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Wild (2014)

The autobiographical film, based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir, should appeal to anyone whose ideal time off involves getting lost in their own thoughts while hitting the open trail. Whether or not hiking the Pacific Crest Trail — as Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) does in the movie — is for you, it may inspire you to get out into nature.
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Girls Trip (2017)

Plenty of movies on this list inspire one to wander an idyllic countrysides or take in awe-inspiring natural wonders. Girls Trip is not that movie. Instead, it's one that made New Orleans look like the perfect place to throw a few back with your girlfriends and experience a different kind of wanderlust.
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Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Call me by your name, and take me to the Italian countryside with Armie Hammer. Please and thank you.

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