There have been a number of movies that are good enough to inspire the viewer to book their tickets and embark on a journey far and wide. If you love to travel, explore the world and all that it has to offer, if you love seeing the beauty of the world and have a craving for adventure, these movies are sure to inspire your next excursion.
The Beach (2000)
This movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is considered to be one of the most famous movies about backpacking ever made. It inspired thousands of backpackers all across the world to book their tickets to Thailand, copying the mission of the movie to find the perfect beach and an alternate lifestyle to the one they are use to. Witness the true culture of Thailand and gear up your adventurous side because this movie is sure to make you want to jet off to Thailand.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Based on memoirs of Ernesto “Che Guevara”, The Motorcycle diaries will take you to the most beautiful places of South America and its major landmarks. It is based on the travel accounts of Che and Alberto’s road trip to discover the real Latin America.
The movie covers a beautiful story in an incredible setting, it reveals the rich and complex human and social topography of the Latin American
Into the Wild (2007)
Based on a true story, this film follows the journey of Christopher who tries to find healing by connecting with nature. Directed by Sean Penn, this travel movie is great as it begs us to reconsider not only our own relationship with nature but also whether our existence in society is at odds with the natural world. As it beautifully depicts this modern world conflict, the movie shows the stunning beauty of Alaskan wilderness.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (2018)
This sequel to the first Mamma Mia follows the adventures of Donna as she backpacks through Paris before finally settling down on an island in Greece, which is nothing short of Paradise. Much like its prequel, the film has brilliant cinematography showing the magnificence of Greece- beaches, open skies, brilliant colors and the culture that ties it altogether; a life of simplicity and unending charm.
Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
This brilliant movie allows us to join Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) on her adventure through Italy, India and Bali as she searches for self-discovery and peace. The brilliance of this movie is highlighted by the attention paid to the cultures of the many places she travels to, particularly the food and the spirituality that is often associated with Indian culture, religion and traditions. It sends a brilliant message that greatly captures the essence of such travelling; to step out of ones comfort zone in order to find your true self. It is enough to make you want to plan your own excursion and avail all the benefits of exploration.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
This film follows Wes Anderson’s original film aesthetics with fast dialogues, meticulously composed shots, sharp colors and dark humor. It is a story about a hotel in Budapest in the 1930’s and those that run it. With an important underlying message about the real cost of keeping up appearances in society, the direction and cinematography show the colorful, beautiful and overwhelming side of Budapest. Monuments that depict its ancient cultures as well as relics of other cultures that settled there, Budapest is often described as the ‘Little Paris of Middle Europe’. Wes Anderson brilliantly show cases this element of a cultural hub, making viewers want to immerse themselves in it.