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June 24, 2024

Virtual travel with these movies on the weekend

Schenelle Dsouza
Summer is that time when everyone’s packing their bags and leaving for a holiday, whether it is an exotic new location, an adventure-filled road trip or a quiet getaway close to the city.  
Summer is almost over and if you haven’t travelled yet, here is some inspiration! Look at these travel-centric movies that will revive your wanderlust!  
Eat Pray Love
Eat Pray Love
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Based on the bestselling memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love is about a woman’s quest to find herself. After a difficult divorce, New York-based writer Elizabeth Gilbert realises how miserable her life has been during her marriage, and so she decides to drop everything and travel the world to explore and find herself. She travels to three countries, Italy, where she enjoys the food and lifestyle, India for meditation and prayer, and Bali, Indonesia where she discovers true love and inner peace. Despite a slow run, the movie does an excellent job portraying that true happiness comes from accepting oneself rather than living up to others’ expectations.  
Watch on Netflix 
Into the Wild
Into the Wild
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Travel has often been linked to self-discovery, and rightly so. Based on the book with the same name, Into the Wild follows the real-life story of young graduate Christopher McCandless who gives up all his possessions and takes off on a hitchhiking trip through North America. The story documents his journey throughout his trip, his fight for survival and his encounters with people along the way. The movie shows us that travelling is not necessarily about the destination, but the journey. It is not about the physical thing we take with us, but the lessons and memories that stay with us forever.  
Watch on Netflix
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
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A sequel to the 2008 movie Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again follows Donna Sheridan’s story from her youth. In the present-day Donna’s daughter, Sophie Sheridan is all set to open Hotel Bella Donna on the same island she grew up on. As the movie unfolds, Sophie learns more about her mother’s journey from England to Paris and then Kalokairi and the circumstances that unfolded along the way. A fun look back on Donna’s rocking youth, the movie ignites an urge to do the things we have always wanted to, and that includes travelling to dreamy locations we have always dreamt about! 
Watch on Amazon Prime 
Sex and the City 2
Sex and the City 2
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The Sex and the City series has always been a source of fashion inspiration, the movies however go a step further with travel inspiration. Sex and the City 2escapes from the concrete jungles of New York into the exotic specs of Abu Dhabi. It has sun, sand, and everything in between. From old souk markets to desert safaris, fancy clubs to restaurants with delicious food, the movie really takes a deep dive into the culture, in its own way. If you have ever wanted to tour the middle east, here is your sign. 
Watch online on Netflix and Amazon Prime 
Queen
Queen
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After getting dumped by her fiancé a day before her wedding, Rani decides to go alone on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam. Frail and frightened, Rani overcomes her fears, meeting new people and making friends along the way. While doing so, she soon comes to realise that the breakup was the best thing that might have happened. A movie that has picturesque locations and a story of self-discovery, Queen is probably one of the best movies for some amazing solo travel inspiration.  
Watch online on Netflix 
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is the perfect movie for all travel lovers. Leaving aside the fun chaos of one’s youth, the movie is all about travelling and exploring the world. Remember Bunny’s main oodna chahta hoon monologue? Bunny’s wanderlust led him to travel far and wide across the globe, moving to a new place each time; he seldom stayed long in one place. If travel is your life, then this is one movie that you have watched at least 10 times!  
Watch online on Netflix and Amazon Prime 
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
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Words are not enough to describe the masterpiece called Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara! The movie follows the story of three best friends who travel to Spain for a bachelor’s trip. As per a college pact, each friend got to choose one adventure activity that the other two would have to willingly participate in. This brings in a whole new level of fun, adventure, and excitement for the next three weeks of the trip. In addition to the exciting travel journey, the movie follows the popular trope of self-discovery, giving each character a moment of self-reflection, whilst showing us how to overcome our fears, let go and live! 
Watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime
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