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Remote wanderlust: Our favourite travel entertainment

Updated: May 7, 2020

While we wait for the coronavirus pandemic to ease, most of the world is currently in lockdown. This means that some of us have been given a whole lot of time – and not many places to be. So, pairing your thirst for travel, newfound time and globe-trotting tv/films makes a whole lot of sense.

Here are some great options to inspire you:

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

"Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life's new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue." The vivid Icelandic scenery plays a starring role in this film!

Eat Pray Love

"Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her." Follow her journey through Italy, India and Bali as she embarks on a quest of self-discovery.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

The sequel to Mamma Mia was, contrary to popular belief, set on the beautiful island of Vis, Croatia. The second film follows a young Donna after she graduates from Oxford University and embarks on a series of adventures throughout Europe. In the present day, Donna's pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother's old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of 'Kalokairi'.

TV: Race Across The World

Now just completed its second series taking contestants on a journey from Mexico City to Ushuaia in Argentina, this show pits five pairs of travellers against each other in a race to traverse multiple countries and win £20,000. With only the cash equivalent of their airfare available and no smartphones allowed, the teams must pass through specific checkpoints on their way to the final destination, coming up with innovative methods of earning money to keep them going.

Watch the entire series on BBC iPlayer:

YouTube: The Bucket List Family

In 2015 the Fee family sold all their possesstions and set out to travel the world with their three small children. They have visited over 65 countries together, which they’ve documented on YouTube. Episodes cover everything from snorkelling with humpback whales in Tonga to rubbing shoulders with penguins in Cape Town.

More than 150 free videos are accessible on The Bucket List Family YouTube channel:

Image 1: New Line Cinema

Image 3: NY Times

Image 4: BBC

Image 5: The Bucket List Family

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