Escape from the living room with our pick of the 8 best travel movies.

By Annabel Fuller

 

During these uncertain times escape from reality with these 8 humorous travel films.

National Lampoons European Vacation (1985)

Travel the continent with America’s funniest family, the Griswold’s. While authenticity isn’t high on European Vacation’s priorities, you can still visit landmarks such as Stonehenge, the Eiffel Tower and the Spanish Steps, while joining in an Oktoberfest slap dance all through the lens of 80’s comedy.

The Hangover Part II (2011)

In the second edition of this trilogy the wolfpack rage havoc all over Bangkok. Laugh along as the quartet of troublemakers makes up for all their wrongdoings just in time for Stu’s wedding.

Mamma Mia (2008)

Escape to the Greek Islands along to the tunes of ABBA’s greatest hits. Enjoy the sunshine of the Mediterranean Coast from the comfort of your couch. This movie is best enjoyed with friends (via Netflix Party of course) and an Ouzo Lemonade Cocktail.

Wild (2014)

Cheryl’s life has reached a crossroad when she decides to walk the Pacific Crest Trail along America’s west coast to move past the pain of her mother’s death and recent marriage breakdown. Despite the negative causes bringing Cheryl on this journey, the film provides comedic relief through her character development.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

A drag act travelling through the Australian outback signing ABBA in a rundown old bus called Priscilla uncover the deep secrets of Australia’s small towns. The adventures of two drag queens and a transsexual entertain homophobes and enthusiasts alike as the trio take on the road less travelled.

Lion (2016)

Five-year-old Saroo is separated from his family in India and is eventually adopted by an Australian family. After years of searching for his hometown, Saroo is reunited with his birth family, finally giving his mother an opportunity to thank his adoptive parents for taking care of her little boy. This beautiful film spans two nations and cultures, carefully intertwining them to create an emotional movie masterpiece.

Eat Pray Love (2010)

A quintessential ‘find yourself’ movie that promotes a fabulous year of long-term travel. Despite what you think about this cliché film, it creates travel envy every time we watch it.

Up in The Air (2009)

Up in the Air reveals the emptiness constant travel can lead to if you don’t stay grounded with your family and friends. However, the film also creates travel envy to be the cool, calm and collected character George Clooney portrays. All travellers should have to watch the airport security scene before leaving home, as we all know the world would be a better place if more people were as organised as Clooney in this film.