6 Netflix Picks That Will Make You Want To Travel To Another Country

Ah, December. Between the holidays, frantically crossing every box and bow off of our shopping lists... let's be honest, December (and the holiday season) sort of casts this spell on us. It's like all of a sudden, being 100% cozy becomes our main prerogative. The oversized sweaters come out, the hot beverages come in and we're all dreaming of all that's warm, soft and comfortable. I mean, honestly there's nothing better than an evening snuggled up in a warm blanket, snacks in tow, and a movie on deck for the night. December is also the time when we start feeling super reflective and excited for what lies in the year ahead. What adventures will we have? What experiences will leave an impact for years ahead?

And that, my friends, is why I'm here to share with you the best meeting of these two very opposite ideals. Adventure and excitement, meet your friend cozy and comfortable... Blankets and hot cocoa on the couch, meet your new passport to adventure. Because Netflix is here to save the day.

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I don't know about you, but I don't necessarily consider an afternoon spent laying on the couch as a productive encounter. However, when I heard that Luma was encouraging everyone to create playlists of their favorite movies, I realized that streaming movies can actually be an adventure all of its own (as long as you have a solid home wifi system)! With a compelling look into the lives, customs and cultures of those from those completely different from our own, we truly do get a glimpse of what it would be like to hop across a plane for adventure (even for an hour or two).

Feeling the need to dream big, or scheming about your next adventure? Consider these six Netflix picks to help you feel like you're escaping to a new, exciting culture, country or continent. 

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Amélie

A quirky look at Paris's Montmartre neighborhoods and outlying area, following the absolutely charming, albeit nervous and shy, Amélie who makes it her mission to return a long-lost childhood toy found in her apartment to his former owner. Following her discovery in finding happiness through connecting with others, the story that unfolds in this movie is so incredibly witty and its unique view of Parisian life is always a great solution for anyone craving a bit of France's charm.

On The Road

If you've read this classic American novel, you owe it to Kerouac to at least give his one a chance... if nothing else but to see what life on the American road is all about. After being rocked by the death of his father, Sal Paradise takes it upon himself to go on a road trip in search for inspiration. On his journey, we get a glimpse into the wild American road through the free spirited romps with himself and his friends as they search for the unknown and change the course of their lives around the way. This one is great for anyone needing a boost of inspiration or craving a old fashioned road trip.

In Bruges

This dark comedy (not for kids, folks!) takes place in, yep, you guessed in Bruges, Belgium. After being guilted with a hit gone wrong, lead character Ray and and his partner Ken are taken from their roots in the U.K. to the title city to await orders from their ruthless boss. What plays out is a classic story in which they fall in and out of love with their new city. The setting has us scheming of when we can schedule a time to stay and explore in one of Belgium's coolest cities.

6 Netflix Picks That Will Make You Want To Travel To Another Country | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY
6 Netflix Picks That Will Make You Want To Travel To Another Country | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY
6 Netflix Picks That Will Make You Want To Travel To Another Country | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY

Copenhagen

This fairly new movie stole our hearts with its romantic storyline and the sweeping views of the title city's streets and countryside. After weeks of traipsing around Europe, William finds himself in Copenhagen, where is father was born. After meeting Effy, a wise and bright young girl who quickly steals his heart, the connection they build is unlike anything he's experienced before... especially when he finds himself reasoning with his family's twisted past.

Charade

A classic! As you all know, we're huge fans of Audrey Hepburn around here... so it would only make sense that we include one of our favorite flicks with our favorite gal. After deciding to divorce her husband, Regina finds that he's actually been murdered after all of their cash has gone missing. The mystery that ensues has her falling into the arms of handsome Cary Grant, who may or may not be a swindling anti-hero who has an interest in Regina's missing money as well. A great mystery with even better style... and set in Paris!

Planet Earth

We just had to include this one on the list as well! Want to see the safari or wild jungles or antarctic tundras? Guess what show is guaranteed to have a lot of what you're looking for? Planet Earth is not only EPIC shots of wildlife, but also educational and downright inspiring. You guys, we live in such an incredible world! 

6 Netflix Picks That Will Make You Want To Travel To Another Country | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY
6 Netflix Picks That Will Make You Want To Travel To Another Country | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY

We wanted to challenge ourselves to choose some unlikely picks for you to have fun bingeing with... but here are some of our honorary mentions (if you're reallllllly on a roll!): Midnight In Paris, Lost In Translation, The Last Geisha, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Italy Job, Before Midnight, Slumdog Millionaire and The Sound Of Music. 

We would love to know your favorite binge-worthy Netflix choices that make you feel like you've hopped on a plane to another country! Where do you dream of exploring one day and how does viewing a movie from that location make you feel while you watch? 

 

Living Worldly: Finding The Wide World In Your Local Area

I'm so excited to introduce our newest blog series we'll be updating regularly! The idea is simple. How can we find the world at large in our own neck of the woods? Stay tuned because we'll be sharing ideas, tricks and resources to help you find a little taste of Europe, Asia and beyond... wherever you live! 

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The idea of this new series came from the incessant Pinteresting that happened after I graduated college and found myself "fun"-employed for some time. It was a dark time, people. Anyway, in the time I spent pinning my little heart out, I became reallllllllly obsessed with French women's street style. This fixation served my wardrobe in a big way, but it also dawned on me that my adult #goals were somewhat worldly. When I like to imagine my Pinterest perfect adult life, it looks a little something like this...

Dress like a French woman (obviously), cook/love like an Italian, curate a home like a Scandinavian, adventure like an Australian, and have a appreciative mindset like the Japanese.

I could go on. There are so many places in the world that I've yet to traipse through, but I love picking up on the strength each culture possesses in relationship to my everyday, real world life. Because let's be honest folks... as adults we have to dress ourselves, we have to have a home to reside in, we have to cook for ourselves (etcetera, etcetera, etcerta!) so we might as well do it with the aptitude of these awesome cultural strong points, right? 

ROAM + GOLIGHTLY | Living Worldly: Finding The Wide World In Your Local Area

That's the thing about living day to day isn't it? We get into these norms. The routines of waking up, doing our thing, resting and doing it all over again. These are our traditions. And they can get tiring, and even boredom inducing.

And that's why infusing this idea of Living Worldly makes it all seem a little more glamorous, doesn't it? I'm not just cleaning my closet... I'm creating my French curated closet filled with classic, well tailored pieces. I'm not just shopping for my living room, I'm hunting for clean, intentional, handcrafted pieces that will stand the test of time, just like the Scandinavians. It adds a bit of a twist on those routines, doesn't it? Those small things can be infused with a worldly approach to living.

Just think of those cultures you love. Drink like a German! Have passion like a Russian! Have kooky, cool interests like a Korean! Live in the sun like a Greek! If you're like me you'll find these thoughts creeping into your mind in the simplest of moments in day to day life. 

It also is a challenge to seek a taste of these culture's sights, tastes, smells and beyond in our own neck of the woods! Local adventure to find your town's best cappuccino or most European street anybody?

ROAM + GOLIGHTLY | Living Worldly: Finding The Wide World In Your Local Area

If there's one thing I've learned from starting this lovely blog and podcast, it's this... there's more of the world in our day to day lives if we're willing to look for it and live vicariously through it. We just have to look. And we just have to try. This new series is something I'm so incredibly excited to explore more here on the blog. Lots of cool things to do and see with this new outlook on local adventure. Stay tuned!

Spritz Recipe (AKA The Only Wine-Based Italian Drink You’ll Be Ordering From Now On)

So there’s this place called Italy. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of it before… but it’s the land of dreams. The people are stupid beautiful, the food is fresh and mouthwatering, the history is lush and rich and the wine is incredible. It’s a damn good place, people! But guys, I think I’ve unearthed one of Italy’s finest hidden (culinary) treasures. Introducing the Spritz! This wine based drink is an apertivo classic has been haunting my dreams… so I just had to recreate it.

Spritz Recipe (AKA The Only Wine-Based Italian Drink You’ll Be Ordering From Now On)

 

I’ve started calling this drink the “better Bellini,” because let’s be honest, those things have a girly reputation. This wine-based cocktail is just sweet enough to go down easy, but also packs a bit of a bite with the dash of bitter liquor added in. Trust me, Italian dudes were not shy to order one of these on a hot afternoon. Ordering yourself a Spritz is basically the name of the game over there, especially during the summer since it’s incredibly refreshing and light!

The best part about the Spritz though? It only takes three ingredients! Yep. Three! And because I’m a young twenty-something with not much moolah to spend on fancy mixed drinks, I’m sharing with you both thepenny pincher’s guide AND the true Italian guide to making this sucker. So now you have no excuse not to make yourself one!

Spritz Recipe (AKA The Only Wine-Based Italian Drink You’ll Be Ordering From Now On)
Spritz Recipe (AKA The Only Wine-Based Italian Drink You’ll Be Ordering From Now On)
Spritz Recipe (AKA The Only Wine-Based Italian Drink You’ll Be Ordering From Now On)

You ready? I’m ready. Let’s do this thang…

SPRITZ RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

2 Parts Bubbly White Wine
True Italian Recipe: Prosecco
Penny Pinchers Recipe: Spumante

1 Part Bitter Liquor
True Italian Recipe: Aperol or Campari
Penny Pinchers Recipe: any kind of red, delicious cocktail bitters

Slice of Blood Orange

METHOD

Pour your bubbly over ice, add your bitters and squeeze a slice of your blood orange before mixing it all together.

When Luke and I lived in Rome this summer, drinking one of these babies in the late afternoon became almost ritualized. “Oh it’s four o’clock? Well, we better head over to apertivo and get our Spritz on.” Don’t ask! It just became one of those things we looked forward to doing to begin the evening. Since returning stateside, I find myself missing the laid back, “la bella vita” approach to living around this time of day. Now around four o’clock, I’m scarfing down almonds in between work responsibilities and avoiding eye contact with the Girl Scout cookies in my purse. Since Luke and I resurrected the recipe for Spritzes, I can sort of feel the energy of Italian lifestyle slowly sink back into my skin (or at least I like to imagine that happening) whenever we drink them. It’s a mix of nostalgia and pure enjoyment. And I’m hoping you might feel some of that goodness too. So get mixing friends!

Spritz Recipe (AKA The Only Wine-Based Italian Drink You’ll Be Ordering From Now On)

Is there a particular food or drink you find yourself nostalgic for? Maybe from your childhood or a specific place you’ve traveled to? I’d love to hear about them!