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12 Movies to Feed Your Wanderlust Without Leaving Your Bedroom

At times when your surroundings have become dull, nothing sounds better than packing up your things and going off to an exotic place to explore a different culture. While we can’t do that every time we get a hankering for travel, movies are always by our side to nourish our adventure-hungry souls.

We at Bright Side know exactly how to satisfy your wanderlust and prepared a list of stunning movies with fascinating stories to transform your bedroom into a fantasy world.

1. Hector and the Search for Happiness, 2014

Plot: A psychiatrist realizes he wants more from life and looks to escape from his trivial reality. He goes on a whirlwind journey in search for happiness that forces him to take a good look at who he left behind.

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

2. Midsommar, 2019

Plot: A couple hopes to recover their relationship by traveling to Sweden for a fabled mid-summer festival. Things go south quickly as the pagan village they’re staying in starts to reveal its dark secrets.

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

3. Into The Wild, 2007

Plot: This film follows the real-life story of Christopher McCandless, who set out on a quest to reach Alaska in the ’90s. Tempted by the wilderness, the main character abandons his possessions and goes off on an adventure that will change his entire life.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

4. Tracks, 2013

Plot: Based on a memoir of the same name, the film depicts young woman’s 9-month journey across the Australian dessert with 4 camels, her trusted dog, and a photographer to keep her company.

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

5. The Darjeeling Limited, 2007

Plot: 3 brothers go on a trip to India on a mission to re-discover their bond after the loss of their father. Each of them is determined to enjoy their journey, despite battling personal issues and family drama.

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

6. Everest, 2015

Plot: This film follows 2 expedition groups that are trying to survive while ascending Mount Everest. Based on real-life events from 1996, this story will grip you from the beginning and have you clenching your fists until the very end.

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

7. The Lost City of Z, 2016

Plot: This adventure film, based on real-life explorer Percy Fawcett, takes us to the Amazon in search of an ancient lost city. Together with Fawcett, his son, and a companion, we attempt to solve the mystery without having to leave our couch.

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

8. In the Heart of the Sea, 2015

Plot: A new twist on the classic novel Moby Dick takes us on the breathtaking journey to the sea and depicts a ship’s crew fighting for their lives with a giant whale.

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

9. Leap Year, 2010

Plot: Young woman is determined to make the best out of the old Irish tradition that states if a man gets a marriage proposal from his girlfriend on leap day, he must accept it. Pair the romantic story with the beautiful views of Ireland and you’ve got yourself a cozy, yet captivating, movie for the night.

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2008

Plot: After a devastating break-up, out hero Peter runs away to Hawaii in hopes of healing his heart, but he gets more than he bargained for when his ex shows up at his resort with her new boyfriend. The movie is soaked with Hawaiian vibes and sharp humor for an ultimate feel-good experience.

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

11. Life of Pi, 2012

Plot: A young man finds himself stuck on a boat with a Bengal tiger after surviving a ship wreck. This film offers ethereal imagery and the larger-than-life adventure of a man and a dangerous animal.

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

12. Silence, 2016

Plot: 2 Portuguese priests travel to Japan, trying to locate their mentor and bring him back home. The gorgeous shots of Japanese landmarks will offer a feast for your eyes, while the actors deliver some of the best performances of their careers.

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Have you seen any of these films? Share your favorite travel movie in the comments!