I love a good travel related film, they can inspire you to visit somewhere, satisfy your travel bug until your next trip, or remind you of great memories, these are my ten favourite films that make me want to travel:
This has to be one of my all time favourite films, completely empowering and inspiring not just to women but everyone. Reese Witherspoon plays a women on the other side of divorce, drug addiction and the loss of her mother, who decides to hike the Pacific Crest trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada, all by herself. Needless to say she faces many challenges along the way but comes out stronger in the end. Yay for solo female travellers!
lord of the rings and the hobbit
I am a complete tolkein geek, I’ve read all the books and was over the moon when the films came out, each one is based on a journey, admittedly a very different kind of journey to one I would ever like to be on, but still, it’s about growing as a person, discovering yourself and most importantly going on an epic adventure. New Zealand is on my list just because of these films, I even have a hobbit inspired tattoo that I got whilst solo travelling through Europe, ‘not all those who wander are lost’.
the grand budapest hotel
Not sure why I consider this such a travel film, maybe because I watched it on the plane when I flew to Canada, or because I would absolutely love to visit a hotel as beautiful and with as much character as the grand budapest, but either way it’s a brilliant film. Two employees and friends steal a painting left to Monsieur Gustav by one of his aged girlfriends who died under mysterious circumstances, he ends up in jail for her murder and must escape and get back to his beloved Grand Budapest and clear his name. It’s filmed so well you just need to watch it!
the bucket list
A pretty obvious choice really, two unlikely men who are both diagnosed with terminal illnesses make friends and make a list of awesome things to do before their time is up. Some of the things on the list are more emotional, such as ‘cry with laughter’, but most of them are about adventure and travel, such as sky diving and riding motorbikes at the great wall of china. Like most people I have a bucket list as well, one of the things on it is to climb an active volcano, which I have done in Italy, but when I watched this film it was the night before we were due to climb another one in Bali, so it was pretty good timing. We had also been drinking Kopi Luwak coffee, which features quite a bit in the film!
the secret life of walter mitty
This is a film that really made me think about my life and honestly it’s one of my favourites now. I don’t want to tell you too much but basically Walter Mitty works at a magazine company, he feels completely unfulfilled and wants adventure, which comes to him in a very unusual way. Warning, this film will make you want to quit your job and fly to the middle of nowhere.
Potentially the most obvious choice here, backpacker, thailand, secret island, partying, I think most people have seen the beach, but it doesn’t make it any less of an awesome film and a total inspiration to visit the beautiful islands of thailand.
butch cassidy and the sundance kid
Maybe not the first film that springs to mind when you think of travelling, but this western is a real adventure film. Leaders of the Hole in the Wall gang Butch and Sundance commit robbery after robbery, however after a failed train robbery the two outlaws have to flee to Bolivia to avoid being caught by the law. Bolivia is on my list for when we visit South America in a year or two so I love this part of the film.
“Australia” “Thats your great idea?” “It’s the latest in a long line” – Just how I felt about Australia too.
planes, trains and automobiles
A complete classic, Steve Martin and John Candy are so funny together! These two complete opposites are trying to get home for thanksgiving, their plans are scuppered by bad weather, faulty trains and terrible driving. This journey to reunite one man with his family provides plenty of laughs along the way, and can really teach you to just go with it when things go wrong or not as you planned on your own travels.
eat pray love
Felt as though this had to be in there, eat pray love is a really girly film but still a good one, plus I absolutely love both Bali and Italy! The best bit about this film is the awesome cinematography of the places the main character, Elizabeth, visits on her travels. If Bali isn’t on your travel list now it will be once you watch this film.
Maybe a bit of a random one, but I find myself quoting all sorts of lines from Shrek whilst on road trips, mainly singing ‘on the road again, I can’t wait to get on the road again’ over and over again as we drive along! But it is about adventure, road trip and making new friends, all the things you can expect when you set out on a trip right?!