Are you looking for some good movies about travel to kindle your wanderlust? This article has some great suggestions and some of the best travel films of all time. Find out!
Have you ever found yourself inspired to travel to one or the other location just because you saw it in a movie? It happens to me all the time! So in this article, I share some of my favorite travel movies, the ones that got me googling the filming location and planning a trip before the movie was even over.
If you are looking for a good story or some travel inspiration, then you’ll definitely find it in these films. These are one by one great travel movies and stories that will get you out of the couch and booking a trip to discover new destinations.
Below is my personal selection of some of the best travel movies of all time. Take a look!
Click on the title of the movie to see reviews, get a DVD, or watch it on Amazon Prime. Some of these movies are also available on Netflix.
These are the best travel films:
Into The Wild
Into The Wild is an unbelievable true story of a top student and athlete who abandons everything he has and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. This movie will probably stay with you forever.
It’s an inspiring story taking place in the most incredible landscapes of Alaska. If you choose just a few movies to watch from this list, definitely include this one in your selection!
The Way is a heart-warming story of a father who heads overseas to retrace the last days of his son’s life who passed away while traveling the Camino de Santiago trail in the Pyrenees (France – Spain). Once he gets there, he decides to take the pilgrimage himself.
This movie is about family, friendships, and life choices. And of course, the beautiful places along Camino de Santiago. It’s a powerful story that will make you think deeper about the difference of the life we live and the life we choose.
Under The Tuscan Sun
This beautiful light-hearted movie will get you planning a trip to Tuscany in Italy sooner than you think.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is a light-hearted story for a movie night with friends. The movie features some of the most incredible travel destinations all over the world.
A lot of the scenes (even the ones from the Himalayas and Afghanistan) are filmed in Iceland and some in Greenland. The unbelievable adventures of Walter Mitty will leave you longing for an extraordinary adventure of your own.
This film is so good that it has inspired thousands and thousands of people to travel more and discover new places. If you watch just one movie from this list of the best travel films, make it ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’. You’ll love it!
A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods movie is based on a true story and a book by Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.
The famous writer who never hiked much sets on the Appalachian Trail. With a total length of about 2,200 miles (3,500 km), this famous American hiking trail stretches through 14 states along the east coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine.
I haven’t read the book and the reviews are somewhat mixed (it seems that people either love or hate Bryson and his writing style). But I find that the movie is really funny, entertaining, and the scenery will definitely inspire you to get outdoors and take a hike of your own.
Out of Africa
Ok, I know it’s an old one, but Out of Africa definitely deserves a place in the all-time favorite travel movies list.
Filmed in Kenya and the UK, this classic that has won 7 Oscars and countless other prizes will definitely get you dreaming of Africa. It’s one of those movies that you can watch again and again.
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries is an awe-inspiring film that is based on the memoirs of Che Guevara.
It will take you to the most beautiful places in South America. A beautiful story in an incredible setting.
In Bruges is very different from all the rest of the travel movies on this list. But I just had to include this movie in the top-20 of the best travel films because it’s filmed in Belgium, where we live.
It’s a hilarious dark comedy and a great performance by all three main characters in the most fantastic setting in Belgium’s most beautiful fairytale town.
If you haven’t been to Bruges, you’ll definitely want to visit it after watching this movie! Here you can find some inspiration with our insider tips for the best things to do in Bruges.
Before Sunrise – Before Sunset – Before Midnight
If you like Europe and deep meaningful dialogues with a good dose of humor, you’ll love this trilogy called Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. We only discovered these films recently when we accidentally saw the first one, Before Sunrise, on TV.
Regarded as one of the most significant films of the ’90s, Before Sunrise, was followed by two more sequels. We watched all three films and loved every second of it.
The first movie takes you to Vienna, Austria, the second one – to Paris, and the third – to the Greek Islands.
These travel films are probably not for everyone, but if you can appreciate this style, you’ll love them all!
If you haven’t been to Paris yet, you will definitely want to plan a trip after watching this movie. If you have, you’ll want to return.
Amélie is a beautiful example of French cinema. It will also take you to the most inspiring locations in Paris. The film is set in the Montmartre neighborhood in Paris and shows you the more local side of living in this fascinating city.
This travel movie is based on a true story of a young woman who sets on a journey of over 1,000 miles hoping to recover after the passing of her mother.
Wild is full of beautiful scenes throughout the Pacific Northwest in the U.S. This is one of those travel films that remind you that often the journey is more important than the destination.
Lost In Translation
A beautiful film that shows the fun and unexpected side of traveling in a new country. Lost In Translation is about the many little random travel experiences that stay with you long after you return back home.
The sights and the energy of Tokyo will get you planning a trip to Japan.
‘Lost in Translation’ is considered a real classic and one of the best travel films ever.
Midnight in Paris
Midnight in Paris is a bit different travel film than all the rest in this selection. And it’s probably not for everyone…
But if you like Woody Allen, Paris, and the artist lifestyle, then you’ll love this surreal story that takes you back to Paris of the 1920s.
A Good Year
A Good Year is a light-hearted romantic story that takes place in the most beautiful setting in the Provence region in the South of France.
This movie will not only inspire you to visit France but might also make you reconsider your life choices. It’s a story about leaving the rat race, getting back to your roots, and enjoying the simple things in life.
A truly great film!
The Way Back
The Way Back is inspired by an incredible true story of seven prisoners from very different backgrounds who try to escape from a Siberian prison in winter.
This movie is filmed in some amazing locations in India, Morocco, and Bulgaria and features some great actors.
The Beach is a great film from the ’90s that has a little bit of everything: good story, beautiful music, and amazing scenery from Thailand. Oh, and the young Leonardo DiCaprio, who once again proves that he deserves the Oscar he finally got recently.
For a while, Thailand even had to close the Maya Beach on Koh Phi-Phi due to its increasing popularity that has been attributed mainly to this film. So if you feel inspired to visit Thailand after watching ‘The Beach’, you may want to look for some alternative beaches and beautiful islands.
You can find some inspiration in our Thailand island hopping itinerary.
Tracks is a beautiful adventure film of a young woman who crossed 1,700-miles over the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.
It’s based on a true story and featuring some amazing Australian landscapes. A beautiful film that will inspire you to visit the Australian Outback!
Encounters At The End Of The World
Encounters At The End Of The World is an incredibly beautiful and funny travel film about the people and animals who live in Antarctica.
If Antarctica was not on your travel list yet, it will be after watching this great documentary!
The Bucket List
The Bucket List is sentimental, predictable, and yet a very heart-warming story that will inspire you to tick off your bucket list sooner rather than later.
Filmed in various locations in India, China, Egypt, Tanzania, France, and the U.S., this movie will definitely give you some new ideas for the next trips.
So, this is a list of some of my top travel films and favorite movies about travel. Have you seen any of these films? Which one is your favorite travel movie of all time?
Below, you can see a selection of some other nice travel films that are also fun but just didn’t make the list.
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