Sunday Musings are just my self-indulgent ramblings about whatever’s on my mind. Because sometimes I like to talk about something other than food. 

After reading Big Magic for the second time recently I decided to watch Eat Pray Love and see the story that Liz Gilbert was famous for. It was… fine. But what I enjoyed most about the movie was the scenery and locations. I’m feeling so itchy to travel, as I’m sure most of you are, too. And I think the fact that we don’t know when traveling will be safe again makes it all the worse. Watching the movie got me thinking that my best bet, for the time being, was to trick my brain into feeling like it’s traveling through movies. 

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I watch FAR too much television. It’s a bad habit I’ve had for most of my adult life and one I should probably consider changing at some point. Though that point certainly won’t be during a global pandemic. But what I noticed after watching Eat Pray Love is that seeing her travel through all those incredible countries and landscapes did satisfy a part of me that’s been itching to travel. Which makes sense. Watching TV changes our brain waves from active beta waves, which we use to function consciously throughout our day, down to alpha waves, which are associated with a more meditative state. This is also part of why our brains can’t fully tell the difference between real life and what’s happening on the television screen. Why we jump at scary scenes or cry at emotional scenes, even though we know, cognitively, that it’s fake. 

Even though I know watching movies set in gorgeous locations isn’t the same as traveling, it did help scratch that travel itch, even if just a little. And given the current state of, well, *gestures broadly*, I’ll take any little escape I can get. So, now I’m on the hunt for more movies set in wanderlust-inducing locations to watch in an effort to both get me excited about the prospects of traveling again someday and take a bit of the edge off that wanderlust. Keep in mind, I’m not claiming these movies are “good” movies in the traditional sense. (Looking at you, Couple’s Retreat.) But sometimes a movie can be trash and still have a beautiful enough setting to make it enjoyable. 

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Movies I have seen and intend to watch again

  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Just Like Heaven (so many beautiful shots of San Francisco)
  • Amelie
  • Lost in Translation
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Couple’s Retreat
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • French Kiss (that is, if I could find this available ANYWHERE)
  • Marie Antoinette

Movies I haven’t seen (or maybe forgot?) that I’m adding to my list

  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Sideways
  • Away We Go
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Wild
  • In Bruges
  • Beaches
  • Thelma and Louise (I cannot believe I haven’t seen this movie, honestly)
  • A Good Year
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • My Life in Ruins
  • Knotting Hill

This should keep me entertained for a while but who knows how long travel will be advised against. Any other movies I should add?