Travel during COVID-19? These movies come to your rescue!

by Riya Chakravarty

Who says you can’t travel from the confines of your home? It need not always be dependent on boarding passes! It’s been a while we have been under lockdown and as we gradually prepare to venture out of our homes, travel still seems to be a distant possibility. While we wait for that vacation, there are a lot of things to do during lockdown that can bring travel to our homes.

So, in the times of Coronavirus, get ready for some serious inspiration – binge watch movies, learn about the world and keep travelling. Need help? We pick our top movies to watch during the lockdown, that can help you dive into the world of journeys. And wait! Who doesn’t like surprises? Scroll down and enjoy an extra treat.

Before Sunrise

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A story of two strangers meeting on a train journey and decide to spend a day together in Vienna. Real conversations between Celine and Jesse as they walk through the city, is an ode to young love and the Austrian capital. 

Midnight in Paris

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This fantasy-comedy with Woody Allen’s aesthetics brings Paris to life. If you are somebody who is stuck in nostalgia, then the movie brings the good ol’ days of Paris to the fore. Watch Gil, a writer, transported back to the Roaring ‘20s Paris and meet the likes of Cole Porter, the Fitzgeralds, Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gaugin, Henri Matisse and Gertrude Stein, among others. 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Walter Mitty represents daydreamers who want to live out their travel adventures. Watch him globe-trotting on a treasure hunt to Greenland and the Himalayas, which in reality was recreated in seven Icelandic locations.

Crazy Rich Asians

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Watch the super-wealthy characters live a life of abundant luxury against the backdrop of some of Singapore’s top attractions. You will find the actors enjoying a cocktail at the top of Marina Bay Sands, spot the hybrid orchids of the Botanic Garden or watch the ‘wedding celebration of the year’ at Gardens by the Bay. 

Call Me By Your Name

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Watch Elio and Oliver’s romance unfurl in the idyllic days and evenings spent in Italy’s Lombardy and Lake Garda countryside.


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For wine-lovers, this movie is an instant favourite as you retrace the weekend trip of college pals Miles and Jack to Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, California. The movie has been shot entirely on location and would tease you to pick that bottle of Pinot Noir or Merlot.

The Motorcycle Diaries

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This movie has inspired many to travel to Latin America. It shows Che Guevara at the crossroads before he became a revolutionary icon. Follow Che and his friend Alberto’s journey on a motorcycle as they embark on an 8-month adventure across South America.

Lost in Translation

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Nothing has enchanted travellers with its location more than this movie about two strangers who meet in Tokyo, Japan. It captures the mad scramble and the candy-coloured neon streets of the Japanese capital as the story about solitude and companionship unfolds between the protagonists. 

BONUS: Want more things to do during lockdown? Checkout Documentaries to watch during COVID-19!

Chasing Corals

Watch a team of divers and photographers document the disappearance of the world’s coral reefs and reveal the mysterious underground.

The Zoo: COVID-19 and Animals

If you are an animal lover, this is the best thing to watch. The documentary by Animal Planet explores the effects of Coronavirus on animals and how can they be safeguarded by pet owners.

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Binge on frozen landscapes, inhospitable weather conditions and total isolation as you see filmmaker Anthony Powell spend a year with two research team stations in Antarctica. 

Stephen Fry in America

Stephen Fry presents the United States of America at its best as he explores the American way of life. From politics, celebrities, gun culture to start-ups, natural beauty and capital – nothing is left untouched.

Our Planet

See the undiscovered beauty of our planet – from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America – as David Attenborough tells us how climate change is affecting our flora and fauna.

So here’s our list of movies and documentaries you can watch while sitting at home because of Coronavirus. Tell us in comments if there is something you would like to suggest things to do during lockdown. We are always ready with a bucket of popcorn.  

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