Whether you’re planning a trip or looking for travel inspiration, these films will inspire you to pack your bags and go on an adventure. Grab your popcorn and wanderlust away!
INTO THE WILD (2007)
Location: South Dakota to Alaska
Plot: Christopher McCandless , son of wealthy parents graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.
VICKY, CRISTINA, BARCELONA (2008)
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Plot: Americans Vicky and Cristina arrive in Spain for a summer vacation at a friend’s Barcelona home. Visiting an art gallery, they meet seductive painter Juan Antonio, who invites them for a weekend of food, art and sex. Sparks really ignite when his fiery former lover arrives on the scene, making for a very crowded house.
Location: Pacific Crest Trail, USA
Plot: Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother, the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail – one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails.
EAT, PRAY, LOVE (2010)
Location: USA, Italy, India, Bali
Plot: Liz Gilbert thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali.
Location: Australian Desert
Plot: Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian played by Mia Wasikowska satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean.
BEFORE SUNRISE (1995)
Location: Vienna, Austria
Plot: On his way to Vienna, American Jesse meets Celine, a student returning to Paris. After long conversations forge a surprising connection between them, Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train with him in Vienna. Since his flight to the U.S. departs the next morning and he has no money for lodging, they wander the city together, taking in the experiences of Vienna and each other.
THE BEACH (2000)
Plot: The desire to find something real, to connect with something or someone, is what drives Richard, a young American backpacker who arrives in Thailand with adventure on his mind. Etienne and Francoise join him on an adventure to “The Beach,” a mystical paradise. However, this paradise is less than perfect.
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN (2003)
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Plot: When Frances Mayes learns her husband is cheating on her from a writer whom she gave a bad review, her life is turned upside down. In an attempt to bring her out of a deep depression, her best friend, Patti, encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy. During the trip, the new divorcée impulsively decides to purchase a rural Tuscan villa and struggles to start her life anew amid colorful local characters, including the handsome Marcello.
What is your favourite travel movie? Would you add anything to the list?