Flickr Image By: Perrimoon
Genova (2008) - Italy
Starring Colin Firth, who after recently losing his wife, moves to Italy with his daughters to allow their hearts to heal. We follow the camera as it winds through the tight streets, past the classical renaissance buildings, down to the blue of the ocean, but we also see Genova after dark, a sexy, steamy city teeming with energy. Make sure you take a map, as the streets and alleyways are like labyrinths!
Flickr Image By: Agustin Rafael Reyes
Lost in Translation (2003) – Japan
The tale of a young American who forms a unique friendship with a faded Hollywood star, this beautiful film perfectly captures what it’s like to visit another country and lose yourself in a foreign culture. Tokyo itself is huge, and can be massively overwhelming. So don’t get too hung up on lists; just wander and enjoy the rush of the city.
Flickr Image By: Pandu Adnyana
Eat, Pray, Love (2010) – Rome, Bali and India
Eat, Pray, Love is a great film to watch when you feel a little bit adrift in the world, not sure where you belong. Based on a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, this is a story about a divorced woman who goes on an independent adventure, the people she meets along the way and how they contribute to her own growth. If, like Elizabeth, you want to go backpacking, the best advice is to travel very light, and plan your route before you go.
Flickr Image By: James Marvin Phelps
The Hangover (2009) – Las Vegas
I felt this film had to go on this list, if only because the entire movie is basically a list of what you shouldn't do when you go to Vegas (see also ‘Fear and Loathing’). Again, like Tokyo, the city can be overwhelming to first time travelers, and the best advice is to just enjoy all the weird and wonderful happenings around you. Be prepared for a midget dressed as Elvis to wander past as you’re on the way to the bar.
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Amelie (2001) – France
Possibly the film that re-defined the word ‘cute’, Amelie is the story of a girl who works as a waitress in Montmartre, who finds she has a knack for doing unseen good deeds for the people of the city. Montmartre is famous for its artistic community, and is a fun part of Paris to explore; full of cobbled streets and charming French culture.
And of course, you have to visit the famous Moulin Rouge!
tags: Genova, Italy, Japan, Rome, Bali, India, The Hangover, Las Vegas, Amelie, France, Moulin Rouge