It’s not always possible to get away – hotels are over-booked, the round-trip ticket to London shot from $189 to $329 in five minutes, and sometimes Mother Nature decides to interfere and snow/rain/scorch on your holiday parade. Hollywood is on your side, though, and today we’ve rounded up a list of the most motivating travel-centric films. We’ve done our best to cover every part of the world – Japan, India, the Middle East, Vienna, Paris, Barcelona, Chile, and of course, New York City. Line up these globe-trotting flicks for a holiday that doesn’t require you to leave the sofa.
10. Lost in Translation
Director Sofia Coppola’s debut uses the eye ache-inducing glimmer of Tokyo as a backdrop for the burgeoning friendship between a lonely newlywed (Scarlett Johansson) and a disillusioned former movie star (Bill Murray). The city’s towering skyscrapers, screaming arcades and blinking billboards serve as the perfect scenery for two souls searching for meaning in a shallow world. But it’s not all fluorescent bulbs and clogged traffic; Johansson’s brief trip to Shinto shrines in the countryside is a nice reminder that Japan’s verdant countryside is worth a visit.