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    23 Movies Anyone Who Loves Traveling Should Watch

    Warning: May contain wanderlust themes.

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    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what movie inspired them to travel. Here's what they had to say.

    1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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    After college I was thinking about taking a trip to Europe, but I was nervous because I'd never been out of the country. Then I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and it gave me the confidence to go and not just dream of the places I want to see!

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    It's visually stunning and really inspires you to go on an adventure. My husband and I saw it at the cinema, and went straight to the airport after to pretend we were catching a flight. We sat in the departures lounge with hot chocolates and planned a trip to Europe.

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    2. In Bruges (2008)

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    The whole time Colin Farrell's character complains about being stuck in Bruges, but that whole city looks absolutely gorgeous! It's on my travel bucket list now.

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    3. The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

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    I’ve been dreaming of going to Rome since I was a kid just so I could take a picture in front of the Colosseum where Lizzie McGuire owned the stage and caption it “this is what dreams are made of.”

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    4. Aladdin (2019)

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    The scenes of the markets and streets of Agrabah made me so excited to get ready for my year abroad in Morocco!

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    5. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

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    Home Alone 2 is what made me always want to go to New York, ever since I was a kid. I finally made it there four years ago.

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    Visiting New York for the holidays was on my bucket list since I was a kid because of this movie. I loved it so much I went two years in a row.

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    6. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

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    When I saw the Santorini scenes, I thought it had to be the most gorgeous place on earth. 12 years later, I found out first hand that it truly is!

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    7. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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    Taking the time to really explore Italy and enjoy the natural beauty of Tuscany, without being on the tourist timeline, always sounded like heaven to me.

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    8. Twilight (2008)

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    The trees made me fall in love, and for my 12th birthday I got to visit Forks and La Push which just made me love the Pacific Northwest so much more. Since that trip, it's been my dream to live there!

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    9. Lost in Translation (2003)

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    Lost in Translation fueled my desire to visit Tokyo, Japan. I’ve been there four times so far.

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    There are so many incredible things to do in Tokyo, you'll need at least a few trips.

    10. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

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    The cinematography is so beautiful and I would just love to spend an entire summer in the town/surrounding area the movie was filmed in. It is so magical and just idyllic.

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    11. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

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    After seeing Crazy Rich Asians, I actually went to Singapore. —lunal4a41c49e2

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    12. Wild (2014)

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    Both the book and movie Wild make me want to leave my life and hike the Pacific Crest Trail for six months, but I settle for weekend day hikes instead.

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    13. Only You (1994)

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    I watched it for the first time when I was 12 and absolutely fell in love with Italy (and Robert Downey Jr). I've probably watched it at least 100 times since then. My husband and I got married a little over 5 years ago and went to Italy on our honeymoon. We spent a lot of our time in Rome and Positano, where most of the movie takes place.

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    14. Lord of the Rings (2001)

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    My mum and I became obsessed with the films and were lucky enough to visit New Zealand. What made it even better was that we timed our trip with the premiere of Return of the King in Wellington. We did all the fan tours of the shooting locations and then saw the whole cast and crew being driven to the cinema, with most of Wellington turning up to celebrate. It was the best trip ever, and to this day I still want to live in New Zealand.

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    15. Midnight in Paris (2011)

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    Despite my feelings towards Woody Allen, it’s a masterpiece. It shows the beauty, charisma, history, and fun of Paris. I have always wanted to go, but after seeing Midnight in Paris, it’s on my bucket list.

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    16. Out of Africa (1985)

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    After seeing Out of Africa in 1985 I knew that I would one day go to Africa, and I did in 2017.

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    17. The Last Holiday (2006)

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    The whole vacation Queen Latifah takes is so magical. I love watching that movie and imagining myself doing the same things she did.

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    18. Muriel's Wedding (1994)

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    I always wanted to go to Australia, but Muriel's Wedding made me really want to go. Been three times now and I absolutely love it there!

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    19. Roman Holiday (1953)

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    I swear I used to watch this movie like once a week growing up, dreaming of escaping reality and running around Rome. I’m 30 now and have lived here for four years, so don’t give up on your dreams, guys!

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    It's time to fulfil your ambitious dream of eating your way through Rome.

    20. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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    This may seem odd to some, but I will say that Slumdog Millionaire made me want to go to India. It doesn't always paint a great picture of life there, but the culture is truly unique and has a lot to offer. I finally went there in 2016 for two weeks, and it was the best vacation I've ever been on.

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    But don't just visit the Taj Mahal — put some of these other magical places in India on your list too.

    21. The Prince and Me (2004)

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    After watching The Prince and Me, traveling to Denmark became such a goal for me, and when I eventually went there it was so much more than I expected. It's the most beautiful country!

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    22. Mamma Mia (2008)

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    This started my dream of going to visit Greece one day; the beaches and islands there are absolutely gorgeous!!!

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    23. The Parent Trap (1998)

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    I dreamed of going to London after seeing The Parent Trap, and when I finally went I cried in the cab to my hotel 'cause I was so happy. It was everything I dreamed!

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    So I guess we're all going to Italy then? If we missed your favorite wanderlust-inducing movie, tell us in the comments.