Maya Bay in Ko Phi Phi Lee, Thailand — Photo courtesy of Spotter_nl via Flickr
Get your out-of-office email ready. From the tropical hideaways of Thailand to the romantic streets of Barcelona, these wanderlust films are brimming with travel appeal for 2016.
Fair warning: your suitcase might be packed by the time the credits roll.
Lost in Translation: Tokyo, Japan
An aging actor (Bill Murray) and melancholy newlywed (Scarlett Johansson) make an unlikely pair as the two lost souls galavant through illuminated Tokyo in Sofia Coppola’s 2003 hit film. From colorful characters on bustling streets to one of the most heartfelt karaoke sessions in movie history (get ready to overnight a pink wig), Coppola’s captivating take on Japan’s capital will have you saying "konnichiwa" in no time.
Go Behind the Scenes: Stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel where the film was shot. The sweeping views of the skyline won’t make checkout easy.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Barcelona, Spain
The 2008 romantic dramedy by legendary filmmaker Woody Allen follows two American women, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johannson), as they navigate the city's charming Catalan streets and countryside for a summer they'll never forget (thanks to a beguiling painter played by Javier Bardem.)
Go Behind the Scenes: Like Vicky and Cristina, visit La Pedrera's rooftop - designed by acclaimed Catalan-modernism architect Antoni Gaudí.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World: Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
This historic saga starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany follows the naval pursuits of a British battleship during the Napoleonic Wars. While genuine slow boats to South America are now hard to find, you can jump straight to the finale and explore the Galapagos Islands in person.
Go Behind the Scenes: Tour the ecologically diverse Galapagos Islands on a Ecoventura cruise. The family-owned vessels offer intimate tours of the islands with onboard naturalists. And don't miss their new fleet of smaller, luxury yachts coming soon in early 2016.
Before Sunrise: Vienna, Austria
Romantics be warned: this movie will have you aimlessly wandering the streets of Vienna looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after viewing the brief but ever-so-sweet romance between two spontaneous strangers (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) who meet on a train.
Go Behind the Scenes: Since Vienna is famous for their historic coffee houses, sip on a cappuccino at Café Sperl while sitting in the same booth as the film’s lovebirds.
The Beach: Ko Phi Phi Lee, Thailand
Director Danny Boyle’s adventure-based drama stars a young dreamer (Leonardo DiCaprio) who discovers a map that leads him to a secret, microcosm beach community of international backpackers that’s untouched by tourism.
If the pristine crystal blue waters won’t have you selling your belongings on Craigslist and jumping on a flight to Thailand, then we don’t know what will.
Go Behind the Scenes: Set on Thailand’s Ko Phi Phi Leh Island, visit the iconic Maya Bay where most of the movie was filmed. While it's an uninhabitable national park (no communes here!), you can take a boat ride and spend the day on its pristine beach.