The Best Summer Vacations in Movies
'National Lampoon's Vacation' (1983)
When the vacation is helmed by a car named Wagon Queen Family Truckster, how could you not have a blast?
What do you get if you mix a crazy family, a motor home and Robin Williams? One heck of a road trip, that’s what.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Okay, so a dilapidated retirement hotel in India doesn’t necessarily sound like the top vacation spot, but with enthusiastic managment and Judi Dench and Maggie Smith as guests, where else would you want to go?
Mamma Mia! (2008)
A Greek island, an almost wedding, and lots of singing Abba hits? My, my, how can I resist you?
Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
One little corpse doesn't have to ruin a weekend in the Hamptons, okay? In fact, it could make for a lot of hilarious antics. So if there's someone seedy in your life whom you could do without, hire the hitman and hit the beach.
The Last Song (2010)
This vacation takes place in Nicholas Sparks land, so after a lot of heartache everything’s going to work out peachy. Throw in the sprawling beaches of North Carolina and Liam Hemsworth being hosed down shirtless, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect summer.
Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
From Rome to Bali, there’s pasta, prayers, and pretty strangers. If you need a break for some serious self-discovery or just a ton of carbs, this is your trip!
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
If accidental ex-stalking on a Hawaiian island is your thing, the drama of this getaway-turned-disaster-vacay will satiate for sure.
Just Go With It (2011)
Convoluted lies, alter egos, and general craziness make for a relaxing vacation, right? Just remember, when you use the names of real people in your tall tales they will most definitely show up at the same resort to expose your fibs. (Apparently Hawaii's small.) But you will be at a beach resort, so it’s not all bad.
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
All you have to do to enjoy a trip filled with sexy rhumbas is "feel the music.” Got it?
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Some people’s dream vacations include beaches and piña coladas, others prefer an 800-mile road trip in a barely functional VW and kiddy beauty pageants. Either way, there’s sunshine.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Feeling uncertain about the future? Need a dose of spontaneity and Gaudí? Grab the Vicky and/or Cristina in your life and head to the Catalan capital. Perks of this trip include: art exhibitions, Spanish guitar performances, and Penelope Cruz at her craziest and greatest.
When you’re not a girl, not yet a woman, is there anything better than a road trip across the country with your childhood besties, a super attractive driver, and *NSYNC on the radio? Nope, didn’t think so.
When in Rome (2010)
When in Rome snatch some coins from a magical love fountain and wait for the eligible bachelors to flock! Worth a shot?
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Like jeans? Travel in ‘em. Wondrous things will happen.
Calling all beach fans... Um, on second thoughts, this probably isn’t the most appetizing way to spend a relaxing break. Eat great meals, don't become them.
The Hangover (2009)
What happens in vegas, stays in Vegas — especially if you can’t remember it! Three words: Tyson, tigers, and tequila.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Sailing on the Italian coast sure sounds idyllic, just watch out for sneaky psychopaths trying to steal your identity (and last living breath.)
Couples Retreat (2009)
Relationship feeling a little stale? Try a retreat complete with shark feeding, yoga, and mandatory therapy sessions.
We're the Millers (2013)
Fed up of your own family? Ditch them for a fake one à la the Millers, it's bound to make for a fun — or at the very least surprising — trip. But we advise against angering any drug cartel bosses en route.
High School Musical 2 (2007)
What time is it? Vacation time! So, technically, it's a working vacay (is that even a thing?), but think about it: Spending the summer making money while singing on a golf course with your pals, wearing preppy clothes, and then all the fun culminating in a talent show. Seriously, what could be better?
Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)
There’s a sun and it’s in central Italy. Need we say more?