These Movies Will Give You Major #TravelGoals Pt. 2
After reading These Movies Will Give You Major #TravelGoals written by fellow travel blogger, Prerna of Wanderers Hub, I was thrown into a fit of nostalgia recalling all of the wonderful movies that sparked my initial wanderlust.
My first international trip was when I was 14 years old. My parents took my two younger siblings and I to Tortola, British Virgin Islands. I recall feeling like a movie star riding ferries with my big sunglasses on and running through airports with my luggage thrashing wildly behind me.
Whether you’re a newbie traveler like myself or an avid traveler like Prerna, there’s definitely something on our lists that will ignite the wanderlust in you!
1. The Cheetah Girls
This may seem like a really funny one to but I’m part of the millennial age group that grew up watching Lizzie McGuire, CatDog, and yes, the Cheetah Girls.
The Cheetah Girls movies are about 4 teenage singers who are pursuing their dream of becoming massive pop stars. The first movie was based in Manhattan where the girls attended a performing arts school but the second and third movie took international twists bringing the girls to Barcelona and then India!
The movies highlighted the beauty of the surrounding areas, the deliciousness of the foreign foods, and the differences in culture. I’d be lying if I said the Cheetah Girls wasn’t one of the main reasons I gained interest in visiting Spain & India (I may or may not belt a few songs from the soundtrack while I’m there).
Screenshots from The Cheetah Girls 2 & Cheetah Girls One World Source
2. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Another childhood favorite of mine, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants follows four close girlfriends (more like sisters) who are spending their first summer apart. Tibby (played by Amber Tamblyn) stays home in Bethesda, Maryland while Carmen (played by America Ferrera) visits her father in South Carolina, Bridget (played by Blake Lively) ends up at a soccer camp in sunny Mexico, and Lena (played by Alexis Bledel) visits her grandparents in beautiful Santorini, Greece.
I absolutely fell in love with Greece after watching this movie! Everything about it interested me; the beautiful blue waters, the small towns, and of course the food. While Mexico didn’t have much of a spotlight in this movie, it still captured my interest with its beautiful beaches and spicy foods. If this movie wasn’t created solely for the purpose of wanderlust, I’d be surprised!
Screenshots from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
3. Sex and the City 2
In the second Sex and the City movie, the iconic quartette Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha take a trip to Abu Dhabi. They explore the glamorous city (similar to their native Manhattan in luxe and glamour), the vast desert, street markets, and so much more!
Screenshots from Sex and the City 2
4. 50 First Dates
Based in Hawaii, this rom-com highlights the beauty of the island(s) in almost every scene! The mountainous backdrops, deep blue waters, and jungle greenery mesmerized me in every way possible. If you’re looking to visit this tropical paradise, the film was shot in Kaneohe, Kaʻaʻawa, Wahiawā, Makapuʻu, and Waimānalo, Oahu, as well as in Kāne'ohe Bay.
Screenshots from 50 First Dates
5. The Parent Trap (1998)
While this film features several locales (Maine, California, and London), the one that caught my eye the most was Napa, California. The film glamorized Napa’s golden-brown summer's, lush gardens, and lavish homes. In several scenes, you get a great view of the entire estate including the massive vineyard. It wasn’t until I was older, I realized I’d love to visit Napa! I’d take a week (or two or three) to just relax, sip some wine, sunbathe, and read a few good books.
Screenshots from The Parent Trap (1998)
What is your favorite movie-motivated travel destination? Comment below!
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