Top movies that will inspire your wanderlust

Scarlett Johansson
Are you on a lookout for some excellent movies that can rekindle your love for travel and wanderlust? If yes, you are in the right place. Here, we have come up with some terrific suggestions and some of the most inspiring wanderlust movies of all time. At times, we get inspired to travel to one or the other destination simply because we saw some exquisite locations in a film. I don’t know about you, but it happens to me every time. So, I have decided to share with you some of my most favorite travel movies. These movies have some phenomenal travel inspiration backed with a great story. So, after watching them, you’ll want to get out of the couch and book yourself a ticket to these 11 destinations. Let’s get started.

Into the Wild
1. Into the Wild - It's one of the most inspiring travel stories with some of the most magnificent landscapes of Alaska. Into the Wild is an unbelievable true story of a young student, who one day decides to leave everything he owns, and go hitchhiking in Alaska. If there’s one movie that you can watch from this list, it has to be this one. It is the paramount “leave everything and go travel” film. However, it is paradoxically a cautionary tale and a wanderlust-inducing flick that teaches you to be appreciative of the things in your life yet reckless, at the same time. Image courtesy of Paramount Vantage

The Way
2. The Way - It is a beautiful story of a father who travels overseas to get back the dead body of his son, who passed away while touring Spain’s Camino de Santiago trail. The glorious saga of Martin Sheen finishing the Northern Spain pilgrimage for his son is worth a watch. Depicting some of the most magnificent landscapes of Galician, the movie does have a lesson to impart – You are never too young for a big adventure. Do grab some tissues while watching this one. Image courtesy of Filmax

Lost in Translation
3. Lost in Translation - In the film, you’ll see a couple of random travel experiences that stay with you long after you come back home. The beauty of Tokyo, and the Doyona International skyscrapers depicted in the movie, would make you want to plan a trip to Japan. Added to it, you’ll cherish the journey of Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray who are both lost in translation in this acclaimed drama by the talented Sofia Coppola. There is a beautiful lesson that you’ll carry with you, and that is, the relationships that we make while traveling are much more impactful than the actual sites that we see. Image courtesy of Focus Features

The Motorcycle Diaries
4. The Motorcycle Diaries - A beautiful movie with a magnificent setting. The film is based on the memoirs of Che Guevara, who travels through Peru, Venezuela, Chile, and Bolivia. By the end of the movie, you’ll fall in love with South America. The Motorcycle Diaries is not just another road movie. It gives you a deep insight into how travel can metamorphose your life forever. Image courtesy of Focus Features

Under The Tuscan Sun
5. Under The Tuscan Sun - Haven’t you ever dreamt of leaving everything behind and moving to a nice warm house in Tuscany? Well, the writer of Diane Lane does exactly that. It is a heart-warming romantic film set in rural Tuscany where the protagonist falls in love, and not just with the awe-inspiring countryside. Nonetheless, by the end of the movie, you’ll want to pack your bags and visit Italy. Image courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - You can find some of the most magnificent travel destinations in this movie. The film has captured the beauty of Greenland and Iceland in some of its scenes. After watching the adventures of Walter Mitty, you’d yearn an adventure for yourself too. It is such a brilliantly made film that it has inspired thousands of people across the world to travel to new destinations. The movie depicts how Walter Mitty travels to the Himalayas, Iceland, and Greenland, with the hope of turning his daydreams into reality. While he did set out in search of an elusive chunk of the camera film, but through the journey, he discovers his hidden courage to face the unknown. Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Out of Africa
6. Out of Africa - It is an old one, but no travel movie list can ever be completed without including this one. The movie is filmed in the UK and Kenya and has been lauded with 7 Oscars and countless other prices. By the end of the movie, you'll certainly be dreaming of visiting Africa someday. Out of Africa is indeed one movie that you can watch over and over again.Image courtesy of Universal Pictures

In Bruges
8. In Bruges - It is one movie that is way different from the other travel movies that we have included in this list. However, I just couldn’t finish this list without the inclusion of this beautiful movie filmed in gorgeous Belgium. It's a nice dark comedy with impeccable performances by the lead characters of the movie. If you have never been to Bruges before, you’ll want to be there after watching this movie. Though the main leads of the movie are not seen enjoying their vacation in Bruges, however, how the movie depicts the beauty of the medieval city of Belgium would leave you yearning to visit this one. Image courtesy of Focus Features

9. Amélie - People who have not yet had a chance to visit Paris will most likely want to plan a trip and set out to the destination. Further, people who have already seen the city would wish to return. It is a perfect example of classic French cinema where you’ll see Amélie tour you to the most breathtaking locations of Paris.
Image courtesy of Miramax

Before Sunrise
10. Before Sunrise – The movie is regarded as one of the most notable movies made in the 1990s. It was followed by two sequels. The first one would tour you across Vienna and Austria, the second one to Paris and the third one to the Greek Islands. In this trilogy, you’d see how a vacation romance can develop into something more significant when it is set in the breath-taking backdrop of Greece, Messenia, Paris, and Vienna.

11. Wild - The movie is based on the true story of a young woman who goes on a 1,000-mile journey with the hope of recovering the loss of her mother and the breakdown of her marriage. In the film, you’ll see the ravishing beauty of the US and the Pacific Northwest. If you too believe that it is more about the journey than the destination you’ll fall in love with this one. Be ready to witness the dilemma, grief, and helplessness of Cheryl Strayed’s life with this beautiful movie. Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

So, these according to us, are the top 11 movies you should watch to inspire the traveler in you. Do watch them with your travel partner, friends, or family and let us know in the comment section below, how you liked them. If you have more movie suggestions to add to this list, do let us know about it. We’ll watch them and share with our audiences if we feel that they can make it to the list too.


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