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10 Travel Themed Christmas Movies to Watch in 2020

During a time when you can’t travel, books, TV shows and movies are the way to go to feed your travel bug. Christmas is fast approaching, so why not combine travel and Christmas? Here are my picks of the 10 travel themed Christmas movies that will make you feel like you stepped out of your front door to explore a new place. If you have any other tips for travel inspired Christmas movies, feel free to include them in the comment section.

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The Holiday (2006)

Two women face simultaneous romantic disappointments, which leads to them swapping houses over the holidays. One is spending this time of year in a cute cottage in the UK, and the other in a fancy villa in L.A. While they are experience these different lifestyles they are finding new men to swoon over. After watching this movie, I wanted to do a house swap and hopefully have the same romantic story as these two women.

Where to watch: Amazon or iTunes

The Polar Express (2004)

Have you always dreamed about traveling to the North Pole? This classic tale of a Christmas Eve trip is about a young boy who embarks on the Polar Express. There he learns about bravery, friendship and the spirit of Christmas. Just a side note, don’t ruin this magical adventure for yourself by watching the behind the scenes of this motion-captured animated film. You can never unseen the image of Tom Hanks in a bodysuit to create this movie.

Where to watch: Amazon or iTunes

Four Christmases (2008)

Another one of these fabulous travel themed Christmas movies! Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn play a couple who have to do a grand tour of all four of their divorced parents’ homes. It may not be traveling as we all would love to do during the holidays. But this sort of travel is probably very recognisable for many of us, even with just two sets of parents (in-laws) to visit.

Where to watch: Amazon or iTunes

Operation Christmas Drop (2020)

Congressional aide Erica cancels on a Christmas with her father and his wife to travel at her boss’s request. She is assigned to find reasons to close an Air Force base in Guam. It may not be the best Christmas movie you have ever watched, but for sure you want to buy a Lonely Planet about the South Pacific after seeing it. Mine is arriving next week!

Where to watch: Netflix

Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell is a clownish orphan raised by Santa and his elves at the North Pole. After discovering he is a human, he travels to NYC to locate his biological father. This absurd and surprisingly sweet fantasy movie is worth watching during the holiday season.

Where to watch: Amazon or iTunes

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

In the first two National Lampoon’s movies the Griswold family did some serious traveling. For this holiday season they are planning a big family Christmas. If you think your family get together are a big disaster, watch to find out that it always can be worse.

Where to watch: Amazon or iTunes

The Last Holiday (2006)

What would you do when the doctor tells you that you have a terminal illness? After learning that, Georgia decides to sell all her possessions and live it up at a posh Central European hotel to meet her culinary inspiration. What if you were mistakenly diagnosed due to a faulty MRI machine and spend all your money? You have to watch to find that out!

Where to watch: Amazon or iTunes

The Snowman (1982)

Despite this movie only being 26 minutes long, it’s a very charming story. A little boy builds a snowman on a winter’s day. At night the snowman comes to life, and they begin a magical adventure together. With a beautiful soundtrack and the anthem ‘Walking in the air’ it’s sure to have you crying like a baby.

Where to watch: Amazon or iTunes or Youtube

Holiday in the Wild (2019)

What do you do when your son leaves for college? Kate decided to surprise her husband with a second honeymoon to Zambia. Her husband disagrees. He had waited for this moment to leave his wife. Kate decides to go on this trip alone. While traveling to the next resort on a plane the pilot stops in the wild to save a traumatised baby elephant. Kate offers her services to the rescue center. This movie made me want to work in Africa with orphaned elephants.

Where to watch: Netflix

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

We all know it. Whether we travel far or near at Christmas time, it can be a lot to take on! However, you are most likely doing better than the McCallister family. Their Christmas break to Miami gets off to an unfortunate start when their son Kevin flies to New York by mistake. We all would do what he did, checking himself in at the iconic Plaza Hotel close to Central Park. Christmas slapstick doesn’t come any more addictive.  As far as travel themed Christmas movies are concerned, this one is a classic!

Where to watch: Amazon or iTunes

Martine Muis

Martine is from the Netherlands. Six months of the year she travels with her husband who works on a cruise ship. When she isn’t exploring new places she loves to read, write postcards, and crochet. You can follow her on Instagram as @martinemuis, on her blog, or watch her video's on youtube.

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