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A borrowed word from the German meaning “love for hiking”, wanderlust has become a popular term for travel lovers. Wanderlust has also become a way of living, a constant desire to be travelling elsewhere and discovering new sights by wandering to new destinations.  Recently, many movies have been using travel as a way for the main characters to discover themselves and new territories. These movies can thus fuel ones desire to travel and constantly be on the move. Four of the most wanderlust-inducing movies out there are: Wild, Midnight in Paris, Under the Tuscan Sun and Lost in Translation. For any wanderlust lovers these four movies are available to view on Chili.  

  1. WILD

Reese Witherspoon’s desert odyssey Wild is filled with sarcasm and shared history.  In Wild Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, the American writer who in her 20s, after the sudden death of her young mother, sets off into the Oregon desert to hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. While portraying a young woman who is dealing with grief, Wild also touches upon how memories come to us and affect us at certain times in our lives. Throughout the movie she encounters people and situations which help her initially naïve self grow and become accustomed to not only her hike but also her grief and her life’s direction. Wild makes all nature lovers and those who may have never had such a close experience with nature want to pack up and venture out into the woods in the hope of finding themselves.


Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is a funny time travelling story. Set in modern luxury-tourist Paris, Owen Wilson takes on the role of Gil, a disillusioned Hollywood screenwriter who travels to Paris with his fiancée and her parents. As Gil idolises the bohemian Paris of the 1920s one night he finds himself traveling back in time to a party where he encounters Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Cole Porter, all while falling in love with Picasso’s mistress. By playing a bemused and excited character with delicacy and charm, Gil embodies every person who longs for the glory days and wishes to truly understand a city like Paris’s history.


Following a bestseller book, Under the Tuscan Sun recounts the story of Frances Mayes as she restores an abandoned villa in the Tuscan countryside after divorcing her husband. After the divorce she becomes depressed and seems to have terminal writer’s block. While her once perfect San Francisco life is falling apart, her friend convinces her to take an Italian vacation to the Tuscan town of Cortona. She soon becomes the owner of a lovely yet dilapidated villa in the town and begins to meet interesting people and a new love interest. By following along Frances’ journey, Under the Tuscan Sun invites viewers to explore the pleasures of Italian life while searching for their life’s fulfilment.


Meanwhile, Lost in Translation follows Billy Murray as he plays a man stranded in an exclusive hotel in Tokyo, that represents the crisis-state in which is currently living. His character, aging actor Bob Harris travels to Tokyo to make some easy money filming a commercial and here he meets Charlotte (played by Scarlett Johansson), a young college graduate who has been left in her hotel room by her husband. The two characters bond during a fun night in Tokyo and soon open up about their worries and fears. The movie explores different emotional themes, such as loneliness, insomnia, existential crisis and culture shock, all in a modern Japanese city backdrop. Similarly to the movies mentioned above, Lost in Translation depicts how travelling can help one grow by being introduced to new cultures and new people.

Have you seen any of these films? What other movies inspire your wanderlust?

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