6 classic films that will transport you to somewhere else entirely

Looking for a bit of escapism? We’ve got you. [...]

Looking for a bit of escapism? We’ve got you. Be inspired by one of these classic Hollywood films that will take you on an adventure, whether that’s across the African desert, to a city break in Rome, or on the road trip of a lifetime.

Prepare to be captivated by some stunning movie scenery – and get your wish list out to start planning your next big trip.

Mamma Mia (2008)

This vibrant tale of a daughter discovering her mum’s romantic past, just before her wedding day, brought about an understandable huge surge in tourism to the Island of Skopelos in Greece.

Sun-drenched blue and white patios are framed with olive and lemon groves, characterful tavernas offer a warm welcome, all while the cast belt out Abba’s top tunes. We can almost taste the mezze

Roman Holiday (1953)

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Audrey Hepburn could make most places extremely desirable, but seeing her whizz around Rome on a Vespa wearing that iconic neckerchief, has us daydreaming of a trip to Italy’s capital.

Roman Holiday tells the tale of Ann, a pampered princess played by Audrey, and Joe Bradley, a savvy journalist played by Gregory Peck, who meet serendipitously and strike up an acquaintance. What ensues is a romp around the city that perfectly captures the romance of Rome. 

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Buckle up tight; this classic tale of female friendship is a bumpy ride – and one that makes us want to grab our dearest pals and embark on a big adventure. This movie redefined the road trip, putting women at the centre of the narrative for the first time.

The trip follows Thelma and Louise from Arkansas to the Grand Canyon. While the pair may not ultimately get their happy ending; it certainly paints an enthralling picture of life on the road. 

Lost In Translation (2003)

We defy anyone to watch this film and not want to visit Tokyo; a city that blends calm and chaos, culture and consumerism.

Director Sofia Coppola chose to use real place names and locations to ensure the production felt authentic – and the film creates a lasting impression. 

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The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)

We love beautiful Italy so much that we’ve featured it twice. Ok, so the plot of this creepy tale of deception and obsession may not be one we’d like to get involved in, but few could argue that the film’s depiction of 1950s Italy isn’t visually stunning.

The movie takes us from glamorous beaches in Lazio to iconic hotels in Venice. 

Out of Africa (1985)

There’s far more to gaze at during this classic romance than vintage Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.

The timeless love story is set against the backdrop of the Shaba National Game Reserve in Kenya, with the scenery as epic as the tale of these two doomed lovers. 

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