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Movies, films, cinema.  Whatever word you use to describe them, there’s nothing quite like one to set your sense of wanderlust alight.

The films in this list are sure to set your imagination into overdrive as you picture yourself in the scenes of the lead actors.  Add them to your must-watch list and live vicariously for 90-minutes. 

Secret life of Walter Mitty
A movie about a man who thinks he has a boring life and dreams of something more.  Taking things into his own hands he embarks on a global journey that is a true adventure.  Walter Mitty has an adventure exploring some beautiful settings in Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Himalayas, Yemen, Afghanistan, and New York.

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The Bucket List
In a nut-shell, this is a story about two old guys who are dying.  In what could have been a morbid film, it is instead extraordinarily funny. These two men travel the world as they tick off destinations and experiences on their ‘bucket list’: Meeting monks in Tibet; watching the sunset over the pyramids in Egypt; visiting the Taj Mahal in India; riding along the Great Wall of China; going on safari in Tanzania; and racing cars and skydiving in California USA.

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Lost in Translation
I was awed by this film when it was first released in 2003. I had yet to leave Australia and the idea that a city could continue for as far as the eye could see boggled my mind.  In essence a love story, ‘two strangers in a foreign land’ this film showcased the city and culture of Tokyo in a way I haven’t seen repeated in the years since its release.

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Eat Pray Love
Elizabeth Gilbert hit a raw nerve with a generation of women with her Eat Pray Love journey. Reeling from her divorce she took year out from her life, embarked on a round-the-world journey to discover herself.  In Italy she discovered the true pleasure of nourishment by eating, in India she discovered the power of prayer, and in Indonesia, inner peace and true love. It’s the journey almost everyone would love to take.

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Catch Me If You Can
Based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr who all before he was 19 successfully conned millions of dollars’ worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor. Frank finds himself in luxury surroundings in America and Europe.  Frank’s audacity is as spectacular as the places he visits.

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Any James Bond film
Bond. James Bond. The man might have a licence to kill, but I think we’d all die with envy if we saw this man’s passport and the stamps inside!  You name it and Bond has been there: UK, Jamaica, Croatia, Turkey, Italy, USA, Bahamas, Japan, Mexico, France, Egypt, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil, Greece, India, Russia, Germany, China, Macau, and many more. 

(Note: it appears that Bond is yet to visit Australia; he doesn’t know what he’s missing out on)

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Any film set in a tropical location
In the cold winter months it seems the mind can concentrate on only one thing, the warmth of summer sunshine.  It’s little wonder that any film set in a tropical location, such as Hawaii, Bahamas, or Thailand is going to set your wanderlust into overdrive.  Coming to mind is Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 50 First Dates, Pirates of the Caribbean, Just Go With It, Fools Gold, Couples Retreat, and Finding Nemo.


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