The Armchair Traveler
When I was little, summer often meant piling people and luggage in the car and going on vacation. Many of our vacations were spent visiting extended family, but there were some epic road trips across the United States to see state parks, historical landmarks, and the occasional theme park.
Summer vacation is one of the things I miss the most, now that I’m all grown up. I would love to get in my car and head out on a two week drive, or fly across the ocean and visit other countries, but anything more than a quick weekend trip isn’t in the plans this summer. Fortunately, there are a number of movies that have a strong sense of place. Movies set in exotic (or, not so exotic) locales, where the setting is such a crucial part of the story, that by the end you feel as though you were actually there. A mini vacation, all from the comfort of your couch!
If you’re dreaming of a vacation this summer but just can’t make it work, browse the HCPL catalog and check out a movie today!
- Amelie (Paris, France)
- Australia (Australia)
- Chocolat (Rural France)
- Doctor Zhivago (Russia)
- Fargo (Minnesota)
- Frida (Mexico)
- From Here to Eternity (Hawaii)
- Lilo & Stitch (Hawaii)
- Lost in Translation (Tokyo, Japan)
- Manhattan (New York)
- The Motorcycle Diaries (various countries in South America)
- Ocean’s 11 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
- Once (Ireland)
- Out of Africa (Kenya)
- Roman Holiday (Rome, Italy)
- Slumdog Millionaire (India)
- Vertigo (San Francisco, California)
The Lord of the Rings (New Zealand, for the filming location. But if you can figure out how to visit the Hobbits in Middle Earth, let me know!)
Of course, this is only a partial list. What movies would you include in your armchair traveling?