Has this thought crossed your mind during these pandemic months?”What would I do if Netflix didn’t exist”? If so, join the club!
Movies & series are a great way to get together and have fun with your family. Take a little break from the routine, unwind, and enjoy some of your and your little ones’ favorite movies.
💡 Extra bonus: start your very own family film club, where you can discuss, write or paint your reviews!
Our hand-picked, travel-related family movies:
Paddington, this lovely bear, will take your family on a wild adventure from Peru to London. A funny, heartwarming, and poignant exploration of London, Londoners, and how people welcome (or don’t) strangers from other lands. Equally charming is Paddington 2. Both films keep the kids hooked and the adults entertained.
2. Fly Away Home
Fly Away Home, premiered in 1996, has a great message and amazing cinematography, and will travel your whole family to the bucolic Canadian landscape with its warm and cozy touch. Above all a story of love, renewal, and working together.
3. Mr. Bean’s Holiday
Mr. Bean is Mr. Bean, either you love or hate his awkward style. However. we’ve found that there is some beautiful footage in this film traveling us to France for 90 minutes and it will still make your kids laugh. Failing that you’ve still expanded their cultural horizons by introducing them to a very specific brand of 90s British comedy.
4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Recommended for older children, this is essentially the story of Walter, that life circumstances take him from Greenland to Iceland and onto the Himalayas. Directed by and starring Ben Stiller it’s a slow-moving film that will give your family plenty to discuss after and feed your collective wanderlust with some amazing cinematography.
5. Holiday in the Wild
You might be dubious about a Netflix Christmas romantic comedy but for any families who have traveled to or long to explore Africa, this film is the perfect way to escape to a continent that is far out of reach right now. Also, this movie involves a baby elephant, never-ending African skies, and a happy ending! Netflix tonight?
Set in Polynesian culture and with a plot involving a young girl going on a journey to save her family homeland, Moana was always going to feature on a list of travel films for children. The music by Lin Manuel Miranda is a BIG bonus, as is the strong female lead, the magic in the story, and the fact it features a silly chicken. Ideal for a family movie night with younger school-age children.
7. The Cave of the Yellow Dog
A gentle film with a simple plot which, at first glance, may feel too slow to keep the kids fully engaged. But it rewards perseverance: with its story of a young Mongolian girl returning to her nomadic family, it is a cinematic lesson in how different some children’s lives are to those experiences of our children.
This heart-warming animation follows a young musician, Coco, as he journeys into his family’s past. It is a lovely way to learn about the significance of the Day of the Dead in the Mexican culture and be thoroughly entertained while you do. Widely praised for its impressive animation, musical score, and voice acting, Coco was also the first big-budget feature film with an all-Latino principal cast – giving you plenty of discussion points for your family film club.
This animated story starts in Shanghai and travels across China, the Gobi Desert, and into the Himalayas as a young girl and her friends meet, befriend and protect a Yeti as they escort him back to his family on Mount Everest. It’s a lovely movie for younger kids, with a great soundtrack, a feel-good ending, and just the right amount of peril.
We hope that you like this list and find some fun ways to spend at home with your family. Also, don’t forget to book your tickets at Sky-Tours & pay later, for when traveling is again a fun thing to do!