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The Best Movies to Watch Before You Travel

Grab the popcorn and pack your bags! We asked the Brownell team which flicks they watch to ramp up the excitement before a big trip. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Africa:

Out of Africa before Kenya, Invictus before South Africa, and Hotel Rwanda or Gorillas in the Mist before Rwanda” Brownell Independent Advisor, Anne Bluntzer

“For Kenya, Born Free!” Brownell Independent Advisor, Kim Heflin

The Lion King is a must for families going to East Africa – they even throw some Swahili in there if you tell clients to be on the look out for it – simba means lion, asanti sana means thank you very much, etc.” Brownell Advisor, Amanda Foshee

Argentina:

Evita is a must-see!” Brownell Independent Advisor, Tisha Neufville

Australia:

Rabbit Proof Fence, Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert Walkabout” Brownell Independent Advisor, Rebecca Falkenberry

Austria:

The Sound of Music!” Brownell Independent Advisor, Katherine Gould

Caribbean :

How Stella Got Her Groove Back for Jamaica!” Brownell Independent Advisor, Katherine Gould

Buena Vista Social Club (the documentary from 1999)” Brownell Independent Advisor, Tisha Neufville

China:

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon!” Brownell Independent Advisor, Katherine Gould

England:

“Especially for the countryside, most Jane Austen film/ television adaptations. My all-time favorite is 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries (Colin Firth forever!)” Brownell Independent Advisor, Rose O’Connor

Notting Hill, Love Actually, Bend it like Beckham, & Four Weddings and a Funeral.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Jessica Hart

Love Actually & The Holiday.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Louisa Gehring

France:

“For Normandy, Saving Private Ryan. We saw so many of the places where this unit went (both in real life and in the movie), and it was awesome to see it come alive. It made a war movie exciting for even this rom-com lover!” Brownell Independent Advisor, Louisa Gehring

“For the romantic comedy lovers among us who are heading to Provence, watch French Kiss with Meg Ryan & Kevin Kline and A Good Year with Russell Crowe.  And then for more fun when anticipating a trip to Paris, there’s Ratatouille for all ages and Something’s Gotta Give with its French soundtrack. Ohh-la-la!” Brownell Independent Advisor, Kristen Meckem

“I love anything with Audrey Tautou. For the Cote d’Azur, watch Priceless and for a taste of Chanel history, Coco Before Chanel.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Helen Jordan

A Year in Provence (mini-series) for Provence, France.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Jessica Hart

“Watching the French New Waves films (especially Breathless and Cleo from 5 to 7) made me fall in love with Paris before my first visit 17 years ago.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Rose O’Connor

India:

Slumdog Millionaire, Ghandi, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Passage to India, Life of Pi, Victoria and Abdul.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Rebecca Falkenberry

Monsoon Wedding (the music is amazing).” Brownell Independent Advisor, Tisha Neufville

The Darjeeling Limited” Brownell Operations Coordinator, Hannah McDonald

Italy:

Trip to Italy and Trip to Spain are both GREAT for foodies! You can’t beat Roman Holiday if headed to Rome.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Sandy Grodsky

Only You for Italy, Bread and Tulips (Pane e tulipani)” Brownell Independent Advisor, Claudia Austin

Enchanted April (1992) for Portofino and that area. Story of how the region can enchant and bring out the best in people.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Jennifer Royster

Japan:

Lost in Translation!” Brownell Independent Advisor, Tisha Neufville

Jiro Dreams of Sushi” Brownell Operations Coordinator, Hannah McDonald

Spain:

“For Barcelona; L’Auberge Espagnole. For WWI Europe, Joyeux Noel. They do come with English subtitles.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Helen Jordan

Vicky Cristina Barcelona for Barcelona, Spain.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Jessica Hart

USA:

Women in Gold before a trip to NYC and the Neue Galerie in New York. It is a great way to get kids (older say 12 and up) to be excited about an art museum.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Kiersten Murnane

Sideways for California Wine Country.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Jessica Hart

“For Alaska – The Proposal, White Fang, Miracle, Snow Dogs, Balto (animated)” Brownell Independent Advisor, Kim Heflin

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is great before heading to Hawaii” Brownell Senior Marketing Coordinator, Austin Vollmer

“Inn at Perry Cabin from Wedding Crashers. Not necessarily a destination movie that most would think of, but watching that first wedding reception and knowing it’s the Inn at Perry Cabin, it’s hard NOT to want to hop on a plane and go!” Brownell Independent Advisor, Louisa Gehring

“For traveling to Napa, watch Bottle Shock a true and entertaining account of the Paris blind tastings of 1976 that helped to put Napa wines on the map.” Brownell Independent Advisor, Kristen Meckem

 

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