The ultimate list of all time best travel movies

20 Best Travel Movies That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust

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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 today I decided to share some of my favourite 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 that will get you out of the couch and booking a trip to discover new destinations.

My selection of best travel movies of all time

Into The Wild

This unbelievable true story of a top student and athlete who abandons everything he has and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness will probably stay with you forever. Inspiring story and incredible landscapes of Alaska. If you watch just one movie from this list, make it this one! Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

Into The Wild - movie


The Way

The Way is a heart-warming story of a father who heads overseas to recover the body of his son who died while traveling the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

The Way - the movie


Under The Tuscan Sun

Under The Tuscan Sun is a romantic story that takes place in rural Tuscany. This movie will get you packing for Italy sooner than you think. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

Under The Tuscan Sun - the movie that will get you planning a trip to Italy


The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

This is a light-hearted story for a movie night with friends. The movie features some of the most incredible travel destinations. A lot of the scenes (even the ones from Himalaya and Afghanistan) are filmed in Iceland. The unbelievable adventures of Walter Mitty will leave you longing for an extraordinary adventure of your own. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty


Out of Africa

Ok, I know it’s an old one, but it definitely deserves a place in the all time favourite 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. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

Out of Africa - classical movie that will inspire your wanderlust


The Motorcycle Diaries

This awe-inspiring film that is based on the memoirs of Che Guevara will take you to the most beautiful places of South America. Beautiful story in an incredible setting. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

The Motorcycle Diaries - the movie


In Bruges

In Bruges is very different from all the rest, but I just had to include this movie in the top-20 of the best travel movies because it’s filmed in Belgium. It’s a hilarious dark comedy and a great performance by all three main characters, in the most fantastic setting. If you haven’t been to Bruges, you’ll definitely want to visit it after watching this movie! Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

In Bruges movie

Before Sunrise – Before Sunset – Before Midnight

If you like Europe and deep meaningful dialogues with a good dose of humour, you’ll love this trilogy. 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 90’s, 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. Watch these movies in the USA or in the UK.

Movie series Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight


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. A beautiful example of French cinema, Amélie will take you to the most inspiring locations in Paris. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

Amelie - the movie



Based on a true story of a young woman who sets on a journey of over a 1,000 miles hoping to recover after the death of her mother. Wild is full of beautiful scenes throughout the Pacific Northwest in the U.S.  Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

Wild - one of the best travel movies ever

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 planing a trip to Japan. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

Lost in Translation - one of the best travel movies

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris is probably not for everyone, but if you like Woody Allen, Paris and artists, then you’ll love this surreal story that takes you back to Paris of 1920’s. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

Midnight in Paris

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. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

A Good Year

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. Filmed in some amazing locations in India, Morocco and Bulgaria and featuring some great actors. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

The Way Back

The Beach

This movie from the 90’s 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 this year. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

The Beach - one of the best travel movies


Tracks is a beautiful adventure story of a young woman who crossed 1,700-miles over the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog. Based on a true story and featuring some amazing Australian landscapes. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

Tracks - the movie

Encounters At The End Of The World

Encounters At The End Of The World is an incredibly beautiful and funny movie about the people and animals who live in Antarctica. If Antarctica was not on your travel list yet, it will be after watching this documentary. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

Encounters At The End Of The World

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. Watch this movie in the USA or in the UK.

The Bucket List Photos: IMDb

Have you seen these movies? Which one is your favourite travel movie of all time?

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20 Best Travel Movies That Will Inspire Your Wanderlust was last modified: December 16th, 2017 by Jurga

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  1. Wow, a lot of interesting selections I haven’t seen. Absolutely loved ‘The Bucket List!’ Great post for travel inspiration. 🙂 Found your Post on Pinterest!

    1. Author

      Thanks for your feedback, Robert. And good to hear you found some inspiring movies you haven’t seen yet.

  2. Into the wild – classic, In Bruges absolutely deserves to be on the list, I didn’t know that there are other movies after Before Sunrise. Nice list, I’m adding the movies I haven’t watch to my movies to watch list. 🙂

  3. I read Tracks the book and really enjoyed it. Haven´t gotten around the book yet. On the plane home from Lima, they had under the Tuscan sun but it was only available in Italian. It was a little too much.

  4. I’m so ashamed that I have hardly seen any of these. The Beach is a classic. I’m gonna save this list for the next I’m complaining I can’t find anything to watch.

    thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Cool post! I find Out of Africa and The Motorcycle Diaries massively inspiring, could watch them over and over again. Thanks for putting together such a comprehensive list.

  6. This is such a great list! I can’t believe how many of these I haven’t seen yet! Going to have to watch the Before Sunrise trilogy ASAP 🙂

    1. Author

      We loved all three movies from that trilogy, Leah. It’s not often that the second and the third film are as good as the first one, but here it’s definitely the case. Enjoy!

  7. Bucketlist is what inspired me to travel. Had me in tears and thought of life hard after a terrible breakup. Glad i am still traveling today. It change my thinking totally.

  8. Have seen only a few of these – definitely have Out of Africa, Lost in Translation and The Beach on my list.

    I would add ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and ‘The English Patient’ (I love that film ❤️️)

    I am looking forward to seeing A United Kingdom about the life of Seretse Khama and his marriage to Ruth who he met in England.

    Great post Jurga!

  9. I’ve seen some of these movies but haven’t seen most of them. Which is great, because I’m adding them to my Movies to watch list right now. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Some great films here! Made me realise how much film locations influence wether I like a film or not. Endless Summer inspired us to go to Costa Rica and we’re constantly looking for film locations when we visit places, one photo on my recent Venice post is from a scene in The tourist where she shoots a baddie 😉

    1. Author

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one who would actually plan a trip somewhere because of a movie. 🙂

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