How to Travel while in quarantine

May 4, 2020Me With My Suitcase
Travel during Coronavirus

Due to Covid 19, the publications I wrote until now may have a totally different plan. Now everyone is looking for coronavirus-related updates. When it comes to travelers, they want to know when all of this will end so that they can start traveling again.

Thankfully some countries are thinking of implementing new requirements in order to reorganize tourists’ entries into their countries by asking the travelers to provide a medical declaration. That is definitely good news!!! Somehow we need to learn to live together with the Coronavirus while also preventing its spread. But before all this become reality we should find a way to fill our quarantine days by keeping ourselves engaged and strong. 

 

Some people, like my father for example, live alone and this pandemic has made life a lot tougher for them; emotionally and physically. Again, try to keep yourself active and do not fall into the trap of depression. Don’t get discouraged and don’t think of it as being stuck at home. Think instead that you are finally being given a chance to take care of yourself. You can do plenty of things right from the comfort of your own home: spend more time on your hobbies, read some books, try new recipes, workout, plan new trips, and so on. You know? Time passes soon and you will be back to your life sooner.

If you are like me, travel is something that is always on your mind. As an avid traveler I figured out a way to travel while I’m staying at home quarantining due to the nationwide lockdown. I have made a list of travel movies which is helping me to plan and go out on my next adventure. That wanderlust in me is getting day by day even bigger. Believe me. And all this planning is keeping me really busy. Keeping myself busy under quarantine helps me to forget, at least partly, what’s happening around me. 

While we may not physically be able to be on the next flight to our next destination, we thankfully have our minds which allow us to take ourselves anywhere. So, let’s start to travel during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Traveling during Coronavirus

Here are ten movies to watch when you are not able to travel which will help your imagination to fly out of your window. So, start dreaming and start creating your bucket-list.

1) The Last Emperor (1987) is an epic biographical drama film about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China. Puyi’s life is depicted from his ascent to the throne as a small boy to his imprisonment and political rehabilitation by the Communist Party of China.

It won 9 Academy Awards and it was the first Western feature film authorized by the People’s Republic of China to film in the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Well, after all, time to visit China has come right?! The movie is long 3H 39m but it is pretty smooth.

2) The Bucket List (2007) is an American buddy comedy-drama film. The main plot follows two terminally ill men on their road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket.”

The film was chosen by National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2007 .

This movie shows how we must not be depressed by our problems. Right at this moment that we all are unable to leave our houses, this movie can give you a boost despite having a sad plot.

3) Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (2018) is a romantic comedy film. It is a follow-up to the 2008 film Mamma Mia using the music of ABBA. The plot tells the story of Donna Sheridan’s arrival on the island of Kalokairi (Greek Island) and her first meetings with her daughter Sophie’s three possible fathers.

It is a relaxing movie, ok for spending a pleasant evening.

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4) Parasite (2019) is a South Korean comedy thriller film that talks about the members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating their household and posing as unrelated, highly-qualified individuals.

The film received unanimous critical acclaim and was considered by many critics as the best film of 2019 as well as one of the best films of the 2010s. It grossed over $266 million worldwide on a production budget of about $11 million, becoming the highest-grossing South Korean film.

You don’t see landscapes or landmarks here but you will learn pretty enough about the Korean culture and lifestyle which is in my opinion much more important than just visiting and taking few pictures here and there.  

5) Midnight in Paris (2011) is a fantasy comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his materialistic fiancée and their divergent goals, which become increasingly exaggerated as he travels back in time each night at midnight.

The film is considered one of Allen’s best films in recent years and it is a very wanderlust-inspiring comedy.

6) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is a British epic historical drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence.

The film, a British and American co-production, depicts Lawrence’s experiences in the Ottoman Empire’s provinces of Hejaz and Greater Syria during World War I, in particular his attacks on Aqaba and Damascus and his involvement in the Arab National Council. This cinematic

masterpiece takes us on an epic journey through the deserts of Wadi Rum, one of the most impressive places in the world.

7) Into the Wild (2007) is an American biographical adventure drama film. It is an adaptation of the book of the same name written by Jon Krakauer and tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s

I loved this movie. It is an incredibly emotional film, really.

8) In Bruges (2008) is a British-American crime thriller film filmed in Bruges, Belgium.

For me the draw of this movie is not that it is a thriller but that you can see the beauty of Bruges which is really a fairy tale medieval town that you would want to add to your bucket-list.

9) A Hologram for the King (2016) is a comedy-drama film starring Tom Hanks as a washed-up corporate salesman, who goes to Saudi Arabia to propose a business deal. Unfortunately, the filming was not done in Saudi Arabia but in Morocco. You will understand the reason once you see the movie. That said, it does help you to understand the Saudi Arabian culture.

10) It’s already yesterday (2004) is an Italian comedy-drama film (E’ già ieri) starring Antonio Albanese sent to Tenerife (Spain) for a documentary series about wild animals and nature.

You can find this movie only in Italian with English subtitles. It is a relaxing movie to spend a pleasant evening.

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I hope that you find these tips helpful! It’s just my way to be close to you during this hard time of Coronavirus quarantine. Let me know in the comment box here below if you have seen any of these movies, or if you have seen any other movies that I haven’t mentioned to help my readers travel during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Comments (16)

  • Carrie Ann | Should Be Cruising

    May 6, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Love this list! In my before-lockdown life I never had time (or never made the time?) to relax and watch a movie. Now it’s the exact opposite! I’m going to see if I can find The Last Emperor, which I remember loving when it came out. I’d never heard of It’s Already Yesterday, but it sounds really good, too! Thanks for these great suggestions for travel lovers 😀

    1. Me With My Suitcase

      May 9, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Probably you will find it online with the Italian title E’ già ieri. Check it out. You will like it!

  • Francesca Wellman

    May 6, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Midnight in Paris is one of my absolute favourites – I find it crazy how many people it seems to have missed the radar of. I’m a sucker for the original Mamma Mia movie – fun fact, my parents met on the island where a lot of it was filmed (Skopolos)

    1. Me With My Suitcase

      May 9, 2020 at 9:43 am

      Gosh!!! Really? That’s amazing!

  • Kelly

    May 6, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    I would have never thought of Ma Ma Mia, but it is definitely an uplifting movie and set in the perfect location. I really like the Crazy Rich Asians. It’s a great “travel” movie.

    1. Me With My Suitcase

      May 9, 2020 at 9:44 am

      Thank you for your suggestion Kelly. I’m going to watch it soon!

  • Audrey

    May 6, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Not only these movies a great way to travel (I would add Anna and the prince, an oldie but a goodie) but I like to prepare my next vacation, these days I am toying with the idea of a road trip, therefore, I started to scout location (within my country), I think it’s a great way to remain motivated.

    1. Me With My Suitcase

      May 9, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Finally our lockdown seems ending as well. I hope I can start with a good road trip as well.

  • Agnes

    May 7, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I like the idea of ​​watching travel movies during the quarantine. I love Into the Wild, Lawrence of Arabia, Midnight in Paris. I haven’t see Parasite, so I add it to my list.

    1. Me With My Suitcase

      May 9, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Yeah, you should definitely. It gives you a beautiful view of the Korean culture.

  • Michelle Segrest

    May 7, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    I really enjoyed this post and the stunning images! You are right, traveling right now is impossible so it can help to solve our need for wanderlust by watching some of these exceptional travel movies! The Bucket List and Into the Wild are among my favorites! I also love Under the Tuscan Sun. Thanks for these recommendations and I can’t wait to watch your suggested travel movies.

    1. Me With My Suitcase

      May 9, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thank you Michelle for letting me know about the Tuscan Sun. Sounds interesting. Going to watch it soon.

  • Pam

    May 7, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve definitely been filling my wanderlust with tv shoes & movies – I TOTALLY forgot about Hologram for a King! I loved that movie and I really wasn’t expecting to. I really need to see Parasite. Great list.

    1. Me With My Suitcase

      May 9, 2020 at 9:52 am

      Parassite is a great movie Pam. You won’t go wrong with it. Believe me.

  • james

    May 8, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    great post just i was feeling like a live travel while i was reading your post very interesting list nice images shared by you just listed some palces in my bucket list will try to visit after lockdown now everybody is spending time with tv movies games & more

    1. Me With My Suitcase

      May 9, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Glad that you found this post interesting. Don’t forget to write down your opinions here once you watch them. <3

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