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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Beautiful film if you love the Australian Outback!
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.
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.
Have you seen these movies? Which one is your favourite travel movie of all time?
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