There’s something simply spiritual about traveling alone. Obviously, vacationing with your spouse, friends or family creates endless moments to treasure. Traveling solo, however, is a different animal entirely. Venturing off by yourself offers you a chance to reflect, to really take in your surroundings, and to take some quiet time to think about the things in your life that are really important. At least, that’s what Hollywood tells us. If you really want to improve your life for the better, just get out of town for a week or two and things will sort themselves out. Here are fifteen films that feature the solo traveler, learning lessons and seeing the world. Some may inspire you to take off yourself, while others are more cautionary tales of solo trips gone bad.
1. Lost in Translation
Bill Murray is an aging actor clinging to one of his few remaining endorsement deals — a Japanese Whiskey — in this quiet little film from Sofia Coppola. Joining Murray in his sad thoughts is a lonely Scarlett Johansson (technically, she’s not traveling alone, but she might as well be as her working husband pretty much neglects her). These two insomniacs form an unlikely friendship set against the backdrop of Tokyo’s neon skyline.