I’m currently in that wonderful (sense the sarcasm) no-man’s land of waiting to jet off on my one woman trip to the world. Of course waiting means saving, and saving means no shopping, no Pret and no beers down the pub lest I drink away my air fare. So, what’s a girl to do with all this spare time? Netflix and Chill TO THE MAX of course.
Here are my top 5 flicks to whet your appetite for travel…
Firstly… WHEN IS LEO GOING TO WIN AN OSCAR?! Seriously, give the guy an award already. Anyway, this early Leonardo Dicaprio movie, directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) shows off the Thai backpacking experience wonderfully; the squalor, the noise, the new friends, new crushes, music, blue skies, blue seas, white sand… murder. Sorry for the spoiler. If you can watch the first three quarters of The Beach without wanting to book a one way ticket to Bangkok then you’re a stronger person than me.
The Darjeeling Limited
You’d have to be a cold-hearted, unromantic dullard to not love a Wes Anderson movie, I think sometimes the plot is superfluous to the stunning visuals, but what a feast for the eyes. This colourful imagining of India is evocative and very aesthetically pleasing. My favourite bits of the film are the ones that take place on the sleeper train and while it may be slightly more glamorous than any train you’ll ever get in India it will make you want to take an epic railway journey of your own!
Wilson! WILSON!!! There aren’t many films where a ball steals the show, in fact, this is the only one to my knowledge. Tom Hanks is one of the few actors to be able to carry a whole film almost entirely solo, Castaway is just him, the aforementioned ball and a deserted tropical island. This film appeals to the adventurous Swiss Family Robison side of me, imagine being totally self sufficient, like a real caveman/woman. Also, on a personal note, I love the transformation from pale, chubby businessman to tanned, ripped, lean uber man. WE can all pray this happens to us on our travels (the hot bod part, not the being stranded part).
One thing I want from my travels is a great musical number, Rogers & Hammerstein’s 1958 classic South Pacific has plenty. It’s a joyful, wonderful, musical spectacular! Every frame is resplendent technicolour – if only islands really looked like this! The film has romance, a strong female lead, cute mixed race children and glorious colours and is one of the best possible ways to spend a grey Sunday afternoon (wishing you were somewhere with blue skies).
Prepare for a weepy one, Reese Witherspoon gives a stellar performance as Cheryl Strayed, a bereaved young woman who has made some bad decisions in her life and decides to walk the Pacific Crest Trail alone, which is over 1000 miles, in an effort to find herself again. It sounds corny, but great acting saves the film from being sappy. If you’re going travelling alone it shows you how restorative it can be to have space, some alone time and to only rely on yourself for a while.
Any I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments.