I’ve just booked flights for a sunny getaway at the end of next month. I’m such a home bird, that going on holiday isn’t always something I think about, but after a cold Christmas and working from my desk, I’m craving simple days with great food and hardly any responsibilities. I’m not always able to just hop on a plane and take time off, so here is a list of film recommendations to satisfy the itch if you’re dreaming of being on holiday, whether you have one booked or not.
Roman Holiday (1953)
It’s a classic. Hazy Italian days running around with someone you love. It’s sweet and fun, a film that will get you looking through your old holiday snaps.
The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)
Whether you went on an awful holiday as a teenager or not, this film is comedy gold (admit it!). I’ve luckily never experienced a week like the guys in the film do, but to imagine being on a package holiday, soaking in the sun and the wild night life, this one always gets me laughing.
Growing up, caravan parks and UK coastal towns were where my family and I had holidays, so this film feels gorgeously nostalgic. From first loves to swimming with siblings, Marley Morrison’s feature debut is such a treat, and reminds us that going abroad isn’t always where the best holidays are found.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Meeting the future in-laws doesn’t always lead us to glamourous places, but this story set in Singapore and Malaysia makes me want to add these incredible destinations to my bucket list. We live vicariously through the rich characters, which is fun and flavourful, making me check out city and weekend breaks to similar places.
The Lost Daughter (2021)
Not every holiday we go on will have Paul Mescal serving us ice cream (we can dream!), but this film has me longing for holidays I take alone to secluded places where I can spend my days doing whatever I want. This serene setting hosts a dramatic story that will have you feeling many emotions, but you can’t deny it’s power in advertising Greek islands.
When Marnie Was There (2014)
As well as being one of my favourite Studio Ghibli films, this animated feature has me longing for small fishing towns where you pretend to be a local for a little while. Whether painting the landscapes, sending cards from the post office, or meeting friends you may never see again, there’s something quite sweet about finding destinations that are romanticised homes away from home.
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