You’re at home, nuzzled under your duvet in bed, flicking through the hundreds of options on Netflix. You don’t know exactly what you’re looking for but you know you need some motivation to throw the covers off and ditch the pizza box on Friday nights. You think you need a holiday but you aren’t sure exactly what destination is calling your name. Never fear! We have done the soul searching for you – through the medium of film – and put together this sure fire list of holiday ammunition.
1) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
“Make it your own way”
When Walter’s job, along with that of his co-worker, is threatened, he takes action in the real world by embarking on a global journey that turns into an extraordinary adventure. In a bid to discover what is noteworthy or mentionable about his life, he reaches new heights, professionally and personally, in ways he could only have dreamed of before.
2) Under the Tuscan Sun
“What are four walls, anyway? They are what they contain. The house protects the dreamer. Unthinkably good things can happen, even late in the game. It's such a surprise.”
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life. She encounters challenges left, right and centre but knows this was the change she needed to be truly happy. You will be fantasising about Tuscany, Rome and Amalfi Coast’s Positano for months (if not years) after watching this one so be prepared for that.Image: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0328589/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
“What if I forgive myself? What if I was sorry? But if I could go back in time, I wouldn't do a single thing differently.”
This heart-breaking chronicle of one woman's 100-mile solo hike – undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy – is as gripping as they come. If you ever needed a little something to help your personal pity party move along than this movie is for you. You can change your path, you just have to start.
4) Midnight in Paris
“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.”
A nostalgic screenwriter goes on a trip to Paris with his fiancé and her family and mysteriously finds he can time travel back to the 1920s every day at midnight. If visiting Paris wasn’t already on your to-do list it will be now. Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams really sell the City of Lights (or La Ville Lumière to the locals) and as clichéd as it is to fall in love with Paris, we dare you to try stop yourself after this seeing this film.
5) Eat Pray Love
“I think I deserve something beautiful.”
A married woman realises how unhappy her marriage really is and that her life needs to go in a different direction. She had a successful career, a husband and a house but something was missing. So after a painful divorce, risking everything she had left she embarked on a round-the-world journey on a quest of self-discovery. What she found was so much more than she had hoped. As the title suggests she found nourishment from the foods and flavours in Italy, she found meaning in prayer in India and the power of true love in Bali. What you will learn from this inspirational movie is that stepping out of your comfort zone will open your heart to the world and you will certainly reap the rewards of this.
6) Couples Retreat
“What we need to do now is get focused and stop pointing fingers.”
We all love a comedy and after the moving list so far it’s time for something more light-hearted. A comedy centred around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to actually work on their marriage, the others didn’t realise that participation in the resort's therapy sessions was not optional. Eek! The belly laugh plot line is just as enjoyable as the beautiful scenery of Bora Bora and were you in the same position as these four couples, relationship therapy is an easy trade off when you’re in paradise.
7) The Man from U.N.C.L.E
“Fate loves the fearless. Fortune favours the bold.”
Based on the classic TV show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E is set in the early 1960s. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organisation. This film, although it sounds a little serious, is full of wit and charm from all of the characters and gives you a real taste of what went down during the time of the Cold War. If history is one of the many reasons you wish to set off abroad you will enjoy seeing former East and West Berlin in action.
8) The Sound of Music
“Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, till you find your dream. A dream that will need all the love you can give, every day of your life, for as long as you live.”
In 1930s Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy Captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is the lady for the job. Between the green pastures and the backdrop of the Austrian Alps this magical movie will have you singing and leaping to your feet determined to make your dreams a reality.
9) The Bucket List
“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.”
Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are both terminally ill and escape from a cancer ward to head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. This gripping film challenges the way you see the world and cements the YOLO mantra for all who watch it. You will laugh and you will cry but one thing is for sure, you won’t be taking your days for granted after seeing this one.Image: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0825232/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
10) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
This one does not need a plot summary but in case you have been living under a rock the general gist is a hobbit and his companions go on a daunting adventure to defeat evil. Set in New Zealand, this film showcases its absolutely beautiful landscape. Between forests, rivers, mountains and glaciers New Zealand was truly put on the map with this trilogy. If you’re a thrill seeker this movie and destination needs to be on your list (towards the top).
Well there you have it; a place to start if you have been dreaming of getting out between the covers. Like many of these famous movie quotes, life is there to be lived and adventure is there to be seized. When you find your inner explorer, you find your true self and that is certainly something worth pursuing. Bon voyage Sunday travellers, we hope you find your ‘Somewhere’.
Story by Tahlia Maynard
If you manage to find her without a Caramel Latte in hand, you’ve spotted yourself a rare sight. Tahlia is an Australian digital nomad, writing from one café to the next. On a Sunday you'll find her water painting or curled up in sloth mode with popcorn and a tragic rom-com.