Great movies that will take you outdoors (without leaving the house)

Being cooped up indoors 24/7 is not fun, we get that. Even homebodies need some greenery and sunshine from time to time and for outdoorsy people, this might as well be a court-ordered house arrest. But that's what movies are great for – escapism! In times like this, let's turn to movies that will take us to the great outdoors, without having to step out of the house. Stay home and stay safe, everyone, and enjoy these movies!

Martin Sheen stars in Spanish drama film "The Way" (2010) as an ophthalmologist who walks the
Camino de Santiago with his son's ashes. The breath-taking view of ancient pilgrim routes that
stretch across Europe will calm even the most tumultuous of minds.

Can't get any more outdoorsy than a nature documentary. Give "Earth: One Amazing Day" (2017)
a spin, this sequel to 2007's 'Earth" has plenty of greenery to calm minds and the antics
of the cute animals will entertain little children and adults alike.

Let's take it to this side of the world with "Nota" (2015). This Maya Karin and Hans Isaac-starrer
is filmed at Bako National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia. The story, about a wife who returns from
their trip to the park alone without her husband, is tense but the
beautiful park will soothe the mind and soul.

Since beaches are among the more popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia,
Leonardo DiCaprio's "The Beach" (2000) is an apt entry for this list. Based on
Alex Garland's 1996 novel, the movie is filmed at Thailand's Ko Phi Phi Le island.

In rom-com "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003), Diane Lane plays a woman who settles into
life in Tuscany after buying a villa there during her vacation. Since current condition
doesn't permit travel to Italy (or anywhere), this movie is good enough
for enjoying the Italian region's natural beauty.

For those who want to sing along to ABBA hits while watching a movie, "Mamma Mia" (2008)
is the perfect choice. Enjoy the beautiful Greek islands this rom-com is filmed at, as we watch a
young woman (Amanda Seyfried) try to find out which of her mother's (Meryl Streep)
old flames is her father.

Reese Witherspoon stars in "Wild" (2014), a movie based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir,
which sees her hiking solo 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail on a journey of self-discovery.

The best-seller "Eat, Pray, Love" (2010) is based on also topped the best travel books list.
The movie takes Julia Roberts' New York character on a journey
to Italy (eat), India (pray) and Bali (love).

After staying indoors for so long, some of us might be inspired to go full on "Into the Wild" (2007).
Sean Penn directed this movie adaptation of Jon Krakauer's non-fiction book about Christopher McCandless's
early 1990s hike into the Alaskan wilderness. (Do Google him before following in his footsteps though).

Cinema Online, 30 March 2020

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