DVD Movie List: Wanderlust

Written by: Tom Donley

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Spring is in the air, the women on Avenue Louise are down to three layers, and…oh wait…is that? Yes it is! The sun just showed its face for the first time in months. After watching the film Night Train to Lisbon (2013), it has given me a sense of wanderlust. (Nerd Alert: The etymology for the word wanderlust is derived from the two German words wandern (to hike) and lust (desire). Since people more than likely did not have cars when these words were being created (unlike terms being turned into words like LOL, BFE, and FU), this term can be directly translated as the desire to travel.)

This isn’t a new feeling of watching a movie and getting that itch to see new places. So, here is a list of Picturenose.com’s favorite films that inspired us to travel (even if it was only to the local pub).

Allow this post to rekindle that fire to explore, seek new places, and find a new favorite place on Earth. Enjoy!

1. 180 Degrees South (documentary) (2010)
Where: California, Mexico City, Columbia, Peru, Patagonia, Galapagos Islands, and Easter Islands
Why: No documentary has ever captured the spirit of travel and adventure better than this film. It’s beautiful, engaging, and motivating. A MUST SEE!

2. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Where: Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela
Why: Proof that meeting new people and traveling to new places can change your life simply by expanding your worldly outlook through others’ cultures.

3. Sweetgrass (documentary) (2009)
Where: Beartooth Mountains, Montana/Wyoming
Why: Watch the end of an American occupation and those who still relied on the transportation of sheep over some of the highest and most dangerous mountain ranges in the United States.

4. Lost in Translation (2003)
Where: Tokyo
Why: You may always find a new friend in new places. It probably won’t be Bill Murray (or Scarlett Johanssen for that matter), but a friend is a friend.

5. Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)
Where: Aviles, Oviedo and Barcelona
Why: If you’ve never been to Barcelona, get on a plane and allow yourself the opportunity to shovel as many tapas into your face hole as possible.

6. A Good Year (2006)/Sideways (2004)
Where: Provence, France and Santa Barbara, California
Why: A good glass of wine is as good of reason to travel than I care to think of.

7. Before Sunrise (1995)
Where: Paris, France
Why: In a day before Craigslist’s Missed Connections and on-line dating, sometimes you’d meet interesting people during your travels and strike up memorable conversations.

8. Casablanca (1942)
Where: Casablanca, Morocco
Why: Just a classic. (Had to include one film from before I was born!)

9. In Bruges (2008)
Where: Bruges, Belgium
Why: “I realized, fuck man, maybe that’s what hell is: the entire rest of eternity spent in fuckin’ Bruges. And I really, really hoped I wouldn’t die. I really, really hoped I wouldn’t die.” – Ray

10. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Where: New Orleans, Murmansk (Russia), New York
Why: Some were deterred by the three hour run time, but to see all the locations someone may see in their lifetime (if they so choose) is extraordinary.

11. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)/The Hangover (2009)/Swingers (1996)
Where: VEGAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
Why: VEGASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

12. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Where: All over the United States, but most importantly DURANGO (!!!!), Colorado
Why: Best road trip film of all-time. Hands down.