10 Travel Movies with Geographic Locations in the Title

We all love travel movies. They are like secret agents magically transferring us to far away places and bring us back in the course of a few hours. However, it’s not always easy to say up front if a movie we are planning to watch belongs to travel genre. And yet there is one trick. Travel movies with geographic locations in the title are, in most cases, sure signs for virtual traverse to different destinations of the world.

Why We Choose Travel Movies with Geographic Locations in the Title

Even before taking our seats in front of our TVs or visiting movie theaters, we know exactly in which geographic location the story takes place. Moreover, we even choose which travel movie to watch based on the physical location mentioned in the title. There is something in that title that allures us. It might be our dream destination that we’re still ought to visit.

No rarely, we choose travel movies with the geographic locations in the title to relive our own adventures. We imagine walking those same streets, eating in those same restaurants, and sitting on those same benches in those same parks of Rome or Barcelona.

And while most travel movies with the geographic locations in the title are pretty straightforward, some of them are a bit confusing. For example, you can see in the title a name of one destination, but the action in the movie takes place on the other half of the world. What the movie’s title does here is indicating cultures, traditions, or some other connections to the place mentions in the travel movie’s title.

Nevertheless, these mismatches of the geographic locations in the title and plots of the travel movies don’t bother us at all. On the contrary, they include so many cultural aspects that you might feel like you got a history and culture lesson, but in a more entertaining way. With that being said, let’s look at some of the travel movies with the geographic locations in the title.


Travel Movies with Geographic Locations in the Title: USA

1. Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday is a beautiful story of a young European princess Ann. Like any other young girls, Ann would rather enjoy her youth and life. But instead she has to deal with endless royal responsibilities. Her frustration with this type of life and busy schedules reaches a final point when the princess visits Rome. Here she decides to escape and explore the city. Unfortunately, a sedative she took a few hours prior kicks in at a wrong time. And the princess falls asleep on a park bench. One American reporter finds her and takes her to his apartment where she can sleep. And this is where Ann’s Roman holiday starts bringing her lot of adventures and funny events.

Roman Holiday is one of the best travel movies with the geographic locations in the title for the whole family. Even though there is not a lot kids in the movie, the plot is kids-friendly without nudity or foul language.

2. Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun is one of those travel movies with the geography in the title that is based on a novel. It takes place in Europe. And similar to Ann from Roman Holiday, Frances Mayes leaves her cheating husbands and searches for escape from depression in rural area of Tuscany. During this trip, she buys a villa and learns how to live and thrive in Italy.

3. Vicky, Christina, Barcelona

Vicky, Christina, Barcelona is a story about two Americans Vicky and Christina who travel to Spain for a summer vacation. They stay at a friend’s house in Barcelona. While visiting one art gallery, the girls meet Spanish painter who immediately invites them for weekend in the city of Oviedo. The girls eventually get attracted to their new friend and grow apart. The situation gets even more complicated when Vicky’s boyfriend follows her to Barcelona.

Vicky, Christina, Barcelona is one of the travel movies with the geographic location in the title that deals with complicated relationships. It’s not a movie for everybody. But even if you love, which you probably will, please don’t show it to your kids.

4. French Kiss

French Kiss is an American movie that as the title suggests takes its main character Kate to France. After Kate finds out that her fiancé falls in love with a Parisian girl, she follows him to Paris. On top of fear of heights, Kate has to deal with an annoying airplane neighbor Luc. As it turns out, Luc is a thief who uses Kate to smuggle a stolen necklace. In order to get the necklace back, Kate’s new “friend” helps her get the unfaithful fiancé back. However, as Kate and Luc get to know each other, their relationship turns into romance.

5. Casablanca

Casablanca is another classic travel movie with the geographic name in the title. Although the main story happens in Casablanca, at some point it takes us back to Paris, where two main characters Rick and Ilsa met. However, after a short romance, Ilsa suddenly disappears. And the heartbroken Rick moves to
Casablanca where he opens nightclub “Rick’s Café Americain”. One night Ilsa suddenly enters Rick’s café. But she is not alone. Her husband, a notable Check rebel, comes along. As Nazis are after Ilsa’s husband, she asks Rick to help them escape to America. Rick reluctantly agrees.

6. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of those travel movies that has nothing to do with the geographic names is the title. But even though people in this movie don’t travel from one place to another, their culture does. Thus, Greek traditions cross the ocean and transfer from Europe to Chicago.

So in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Greek immigrant parents, Gus and Maria, are worried that their 30 years old daughter, Toula, is still unmarried. Toula lives with her parents and works at family restaurants. After finishing computer classes, Toula with help of her mother convinces her dad to let her work at her aunt’s travel agency. Here she meets Ian, non-Greek, and starts dating him. Eventually Toula’s family accepts Ian and gets ready for their wedding in a traditional Greek style.

Travel Movies with Geographic Locations in the Title: Australia

7. Bangkok Hilton

I’m a bit biased here. Bangkok Hilton is one of my favorite travel movies with the geographic names in the title. Moreover, it’s one of Nicole Kidman’s first movies.

Katrina finds out that her father who she didn’t know is alive and travels to London in attempt to find him. Without any lucky, the girl plans to return back to Australia. But she unexpectedly meets and falls in love with a young American photojournalist Arki. At some point, the couple travels to Bangkok. Here Arkie picks up a shipment of heroin and loads it into a camera that he gives to Katrina. On their way back to Australia, drug sniffling dogs detect the drugs in the camera, which leads to Kartina’s arrest. Meanwhile, Arkie joined another group and escaped to Australia. After her arrest, Kartina ends up in Bangkok prison nicknamed the “Bangkok Hilton”.

The girl’s farther eventually finds out about the unfortunate fate of his daughter and does all possible and impossible to rescue her. Unfortunately, there is no one to help him. And the farther can rely only on himself to safe his daughter.

Travel Movies with Geographic Locations in the Title: India

8. Namastey London

Namastey London is a travel movie about an Indian girl Jasmeet who grew up in London. Her farther takes her back to India and forces to marry an India guy Arjun. But as soon as Jasmeet returns to London, she refuses to recognize her marriage with Arjun as there is no proof of the wedding. On top of that, Jasmeet has an English boyfriend who she wants to marry. Meanwhile Arjun travels to London. And as Jasmeet and her Indian “husband” spend a lot of time together, the girls slowly falls in love with him.

9. Chennai Express

Chennai Express is one of the most recent Indian travel movies with geographic locations in the title. Moreover, it’s one of the movies that take place in different places of this country. It starts in Mumbai where Rahul Mithaiwala lives. After his grandfather dies, he promises to take his ashes to Rameshwaram. Thus, he takes the Chennai Express to get to his destination. At the last moment he sees a young woman running to board the train and helps her in. Without anticipating any troubles, Rahul starts to flirt with the woman. However, there are four men who are after this beautiful stranger. And soon series of adventures and travels follow Rahul as he tries to save his and the girl’s lives.

Travel Movies with Geographic Locations in the Title for Kids

10. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a classic. It’s one of the best travel movies with the geographic locations in the title for kids. Even though Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is very popular around Christmas time, you can watch it any time of the year.

So, as the story goes, the McCallister family is getting ready to spend Christmas in Miami. But their youngest son Kevin doesn’t like this idea. And as something always happens to Kevin, he boards a wrong plain. Thus, while his family flies to Miami, Kevin heads to New York City. Here, he uses his father’s credit card and checks in to the Plaza Hotel. Meanwhile, Harry and Marv, two bandits that Kevin met in Home Alone 1, happen to travel to New York City as well. Moreover, they plan to rob a toy store. Kevin interferes with their plan and sends the police to arrest the unlucky thieves.


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