12 movies and shows to watch if you need to quell your wanderlust without boarding a plane

Vaccinated travel lanes are opening and the hopes of scheduling an overseas trip are high.

But for those of us who are going to wait-and-see for now, consider “travelling” the world through your screens! Here are 12 movies and shows you can watch anytime, anywhere to satisfy that travel bug in you!

1. Emily in Paris

Bonjour mademoiselle! The 10-episode series stars Lily Collins as Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris.

Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances.

We’ll be honest, she’s nailed the quintessential Parisian #goals that we all wish we could experience too.

Emily in Paris is now streaming on Netflix. We heard that Season 2 is coming soon, so better catch Season 1 first so you’ll be just in time for the next season.

2. Rebecca

After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter, a newly married young woman arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers.

This book to movie adaptation isn’t your typical love story – it’s got romance, thriller, drama, and crime vibes all rolled into one. We’ll give the movie bonus points for the sweeping Monte Carlo landscapes and gorgeous castle set.

Rebecca is now streaming on Netflix.

3. Finding Agnes

Set in Morocco, an entrepreneur pieces together the turbulent life of his estranged mother and embarks on a journey to find reconciliation and hope. Get your tissues ready, because this movie sounds like it’s about to be a real tearjerker.

Finding Agnes premieres on Netflix on 30 November.

4. Gossip Girl

A timeless classic, this six-season drama follows a group of privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York maneuvering the ups and downs of life, all while a ruthless blogger constantly exposes their dirty little secrets.

Filmed in many iconic New York spots in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, you’ll be able to live those #NYC dreams vicariously.

Gossip Girl is now streaming on Netflix.

5. Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

My my, how could I resist ya? The iconic jukebox musical movie spawned some of the most defining songs of the late 2000’s and even a sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in 2018.

Set in the small Greek island of Skopelos and featuring tons of songs by ABBA, the movie follows Sophie as she prepares for her upcoming wedding where she turns everything upside down by secretly inviting three men (her mother’s ex-lovers) with the hope that one of them is her father.

This feel-good movie will have you laughing, dancing, and tapping your feet, and of course, the gorgeous island of Skopelos will have you adding “Visit Greece” to your bucketlist!

Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is now streaming on Netflix.

6. Operation Christmas Drop

This Christmas rom-com will have you going “aww” at the blossoming romance, and in the festive mood too! Loosely based on the real-life U.S. Air Force Operation Christmas Drop humanitarian mission, the movie follows a by-the-book political aide who falls for a big-hearted Air Force pilot while looking to shut down his tropical base and its airborne Christmas tradition – cue the adventure and romance.

Operation Christmas Drop is now streaming on Netflix.

7. Paper Towns

If you’ve ever had a John Green phase back in the early 2010’s, you would have read, or at least heard of Paper Towns. The coming-of-age rom-com follows “Q” as he navigates teenage life and ultimately sets off on a road trip with his friends to find his childhood crush, Margo, who disappeared without a trace.

Paper Towns is now streaming on Netflix.

8. Somebody Feed Phil – Season 4

The Netflix docu series stars “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal while he travels the globe to take in the local cuisine and culture of five cities including Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Singapore (hey, that’s us!), Mississippi Delta and Hawaii.

The fourth season of Somebody Feed Phil is now streaming on Netflix.

9. National Parks Adventure

Miss travelling to places with incredible landscapes and untamed wilderness? This documentary will bring you on a tour of some of America’s most well-known parks and you can experience it all right from your screen.

National Parks Adventure is now streaming on Netflix.

10. Love Life

The rom-com anthology series stars Anna Kendrick as Darby Carter and narrates Darby and her friends’ first romance until their last. Set in the Big Apple, this feel-good series will inspire you to find confidence, self-love, and hey, perhaps even romance!

Love Life is now streaming on HBO Go.

11. Abominable

It all started when teenage Yi encountered a rogue young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building. Yi and her friends, Jin and Peng, name him “Everest” and embark on a wild quest across the country to reunite the mythical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth, all while being hunted down by a wealthy man and zoologist who are hell bent on capturing Everest.

This epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of a Chinese city to the Himalayas is full of fun, adventure, and beautifully animated scenery – including the city of lights, Shanghai, the Gobi desert, the Yellow River, and the Himalayas.

Abominable is now streaming on HBO Go.

12. When Marnie Was There

Perhaps one of the lesser known gems by the acclaimed Studio Ghibli, this movie is set in a town in the Kushiro wetlands of Hokkaido and tells a tale of a friendship, family, and bittersweet goodbyes. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll wish you could book a flight to Hokkaido too.

When Marnie Was There is now streaming on Netflix.

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