13 Family-Friendly Travel Movies to Inspire Wanderlust

Now that we’re most likely self-isolating again due to Omicron, there’s never been a good time to binge-watch movies this weekend.  Especially if you’re like me and itching to travel. I mean, eventually we’ll be able to visit Venice without a mask right?  Choosing films to satisfy everyone in the household however might be a challenge, so while we’re all couped up with nowhere to go – here’s our pick of movies that inspire family friendly wanderlust – allowing you to travel without ever boarding a plane or leaving the comfort of your home.

13 Family-Friendly Travel Movies

Raya and the Last Dragon

A story about an aspiring protector of a mystical Dragon Gem named Raya. When trouble strikes in her world of Kumandra, she must find the last dragon to save humanity.  Awkwafina is the voice of Sisu the water dragon. Raya is available on Disney+.



The beautiful story about Luca and Alberto, who dream of a life of freedom and adventure. They try to win the money to buy a scooter in the Italian town of Portorosso, but they’re hiding something big that would scandalize the townsfolk, including their newfound friend, Giulia. Available on Disney+.


Disney returns with a new, animated film, about a special family living in a magic house in Colombia, and a 15-year-old girl who has to figure out where she fits in. Like Vivo, this one is also a musical with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Raiders of the Lost Ark – PG

One of the world’s biggest blockbuster movies directed by Steven Spielberg (ET) and produced by George Lucas (Star Wars) – Raiders of the Lost Ark takes you on a journey around the world (Egypt) on a quest to find the lost Ark of the Covenant.

Under the Tuscan Sun – PG13

My daughter and I watched this together and it became her favorite movie of all time. It’s a story about a woman named Frances who’s life is turned upside down. A friend encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy where she falls in love with a villa in rural Tuscany and meets the man of her dreams.

Romancing the Stone – PG

This 80’s action film follows a romance writer who sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister. Soon she finds herself in the middle of an adventure through Colombia.

Up – PG

A beautiful story of love and loss. Carl, a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. But Carl’s worst nightmare comes true when he discovers a little boy named Russell is a stowaway aboard the balloon-powered house.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – PG13

British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to exotic — and less expensive — India. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – PG

This is a story about Walter Mitty, an introverted guy with an active fantasy life. His daydreams and a crush on a coworker named Cheryl takes him on numerous adventures.

The Big Year – PG

Three men find that they have come to a turning point. Determined to kick-start their stagnant lives, Stu, Kenny and Brad decide to enter a prestigious contest. During the course of one calendar year, the three friendly rivals criss-cross North America in a quest to count more species of birds than anyone else.

The Story of the Weeping Camel – PG

In Mongolia’s Gobi desert, a camel gives birth to a white calf. It’s a rare occurrence, and the shepherds watch as the offspring is rejected by its mother. Without its mother’s milk, the calf will die. To save its life, the nomads send two boys on a journey across the desert to find a musician in the village whose song may help the camel to accept its calf.

Crazy Rich Asians – PG13

A Chinese-American professor travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family and is surprised to discover they are among the richest in Singapore.

The Hundred-Foot Journey – PG

A beautiful movie about a family that leaves India to start a restaurant in a little town in France. They open up an Indian restaurant right across the road from Madam Mallory’s acclaimed French restaurant. A rivalry begins between the two different cultures but they soon realize that food unites them.

These are movies our family watched and continue to enjoy over and over again.  It evokes the desire to pack a bag and travel once quarantines are lifted and travel goes back to normal.

So get your Disney+, Netflix or Amazon Prime queue ready, with these classic favorites for the whole family!

2 thoughts on “13 Family-Friendly Travel Movies to Inspire Wanderlust”

  1. I love love love The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Big Year! Great picks. Now I’m going to have to go watch the ones I haven’t seen yet. 🙂

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