One of the most life changing things a person can do in a lifetime is travel. Here are some movies that will not only convince you to travel, but motivate you to hop on the next international flight to Europe.
1. “Under the Tuscan Sun” (2003)
Set in the beautiful Tuscan region, this movie takes you into another world with amazing scenery and Italian culture. The plot revolves around a woman who, after a bad breakup, takes a tour of Italy and on a whim buys a house to bring back some meaning to her life. Of course, a movie based in Italy is not complete without scenic views of the Duomo and all other surrounding areas (not too bad of a place to restart your life if you had to pick).
2. “French Kiss” (1995)
One of the first movies that come to mind when you think of a classic love story set in Europe. This is based on the story of a woman who goes to confront her fiancé in France, and ends up falling in love with man who used her for a robbery. At the end of this movie you will be on the hunt for that French lover!
3. “Eurotrip” (2004)
No list is complete without naming this adventurous comedy. This is definitely one of the top movies people think of when they hear the phrase “study abroad.” The main character Scott travels to many of the major cities that most people would die to go to, including London, Amsterdam and Paris. Let’s just say Scott and Cooper definitely took advantage of all that Europe has to offer (and a little more than that).
4. James Bond
It’s hard to pick which Bond movie has the best scenery and set locations, so you’ll just have to see them all if you haven’t already! The series itself is enough to capture an audience, but its locations are an added bonus. Switzerland, Greece and England are just a few of the many places featured as the backdrop for the James Bond series.
5. “My Life in Ruins” (2009)
Remember “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”? Well this sequel takes Georgia on even more adventures while spending her time as a tour guide in Greece. While showing off the amazing scenery of Greece, she falls in love with the native Greek bus driver and her life becomes even more hilariously tangled than it was before. The Greek culture is vibrant and leaves viewers with that desire to get Greece to experience their own eclectic tour!
6. “Midnight in Paris” (2011)
Critically acclaimed and one of the best movies featuring France after the sun goes down. Besides having an awesome cast (what better combination than Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams?) this movie has an awesome plot. It revolves around a writer who travels back in time each night to hang out with people like Ernest Hemingway. The best of current day and 1920′s Paris is brought to light by the characters and the incredible Paris views.
7. “The Sound of Music” (1965)
No trip to Austria is complete without a viewing of “The Sound of Music.” Not only do children love this movie for its classic songs and characters, but young adults feel a certain nostalgic appreciation for this classic. Mind blowing scenes of the Austrian Alps, catchy music, and an urge to travel to Salzburg- this movie covers it all!
8. “P.S. I Love You” (2007)
If you’re looking for a movie that combines Irish culture as well as being set in Ireland and America, this is a must see. This is another love story (let’s be honest international love stories are the best kinds) that involves the death of a young woman’s Irish husband and her desire to still keep him in her present life. He sends her on a trip to Ireland to meet his family and experience Irish culture as typical of his, while helping her move on with her life and find happiness again.
9. “The DaVinci Code” (2006)
This action adventure brings history and art to life as the main character Robert Langdon is brought to Paris to solve the mysterious surroundings of a murder that took place in the Louvre. Definitely one of the better murder movies out there that give you a little of everything, including romance, action, mystery and history. Plus, it’ll make you want to catch up on your art history as well as want to check out all the museums across Europe.
10. “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” (2003)
Last but certainly not least, this movie was one of the first that probably gave you that desire to be mistaken for an international pop star and become famous while exploring Rome on a school trip. Seriously, who doesn’t break out into “This is what Dreams are Made Of” when they think of the Trevi Fountain? So before booking that flight to Rome make sure to catch up on some Lizzie McGuire and prepare for the trip of a lifetime!