If you’re not quite ready to hit the road again—and have already made it through my list of trusty travel-themed movies and books to satisfy your wanderlust throughout the pandemic—you can still see the world from the comfort of home by watching movies and TV shows that were filmed in other countries. If anything, they’ll provide a peek at some of your favorite places, offer a much-needed distraction and maybe even inspire a future trip.
If You Long To Be In Paris
While the show has definitely earned its controversial reputation, the Netflix hit Emily in Paris does get one thing right: cinematography. Love it or hate it, the visuals are incredible, whether the camera is panning around popular parts of the city or following along with the title character’s misadventures in recognizable spots like Palais Garnier, Galeries Lafayette, Palais-Royal Garden or Père Lachaise Cemetery. While season one focuses primarily on Paris and her frenemy Camille’s exquisite family estate in the Loire Valley, season two takes us along to Villefranche-sur-Mer and Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (each doubling as Saint-Tropez), and the Palace of Versailles, among other French locales worth adding to your list.
If You’re Missing Scotland
For outrageously beautiful views of the Scottish Highlands, you can binge-watch older seasons of the Starz sensation Outlander before season six launches on March 6, 2022. While seasons 1–4 are available on Netflix, you’ll need to sign up for Starz to stream seasons five and six. Whichever way you watch, you’ll be rewarded with plenty of footage of Scottish castles—you may recognize Doune Castle, which doubled as Winterfell in Game of Thrones and starred in Monty Python and the Holy Grail—natural beauty in Glencoe National Nature Reserve, Loch Katrine and Kinloch Rannoch, and a cast full of handsome Scotsmen decked out in traditional Tartans, kilts and other Highlander garb. If you’ve been missing the glorious sound of Scottish and English accents, look no further.
If You Want To See The World, James Bond Style
Follow along with everyone’s favorite secret agent as he embarks on a string of crime-solving adventures around the world in the latest installment, No Time To Die. Like the other films in the franchise, it was shot in some of the most beautiful places on earth, including Port Antonio, Jamaica (author Ian Fleming famously wrote the 14-book series from his home near here in the 1950s and 1960s), London—because really, what Bond flick would be complete without our hero running around the British capital?—and Nittedal (the hilly area above Oslo that’s home to Lake Langvann) and the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway. There’s also an epic car chase through Southern Italy that highlights parts of Matera, Ponte dell’Acquedotto di Gravina in Puglia and the town of Sapri, while Loch Laggan and the Cairngorms in Scotland’s stunning Faroe Islands are featured in the film’s final scenes. Rent No Time To Die through streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Direct TV, Google Play, Spectrum, Xfinity or Vudu.