Do you have the habit of watching the travel movies over & over again like me? Nothing gets me more excited to travel than a good travel movie.Once I’ve finished watching any of these films, I feel the instant urge to pack up everything and head out to explore the world.
best travel movies like these have helped inspire my own personal travel goals over the years. There are instances when I took my bike and started my journey to somewhere which I have no idea about that destination.
So if you’re looking for some motivation to push you into a backpacking adventure of your own, sit down and watch a couple of these fantastic movies. It’s the next best thing to actually traveling! Here are some of the best travel movies list which i have compiled for you. If you haven’t seen these movies, start watching one by one.
Into the wild (2007)
Into The Wild is the true story of Christopher McCandless, a recent college graduate who gives away his live savings and hitchhikes to Alaska. He meets all kinds of people along the way, each with their own stories.
In Alaska, he heads out into the wilderness to live on his own. His life is filled with random adventures and experiences while he makes his way up to “The Last Frontier”.
This is what travel is all about to me. Experiences, good and bad, make you who you are. And long term travel is full of new experiences. The key is to not completely get in over your head (like Christopher did).
180 Degrees South (2010)
180 Degrees South is a documentary that follows the adventure of a group of friends as they travel to Patagonia in the spirit of their heroes.
They pack their surfboards and climbing gear as they sail and drive along the South American coast, learning about the losing battle against industrialization and the destruction of the natural world.
Modern commercial interests fed by the growing human consumption of disposable goods is ruining our planet, and the film shows what some brave people are doing to try and stop it.
The movie’s beautiful scenery and fantastic soundtrack mix together with a strong message and travel adventure to create a true work of art.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Who ever likes bike trips can’t miss this movie, The Motorcycle Diaries is one of the best travel movies of all time. The true story of two medical students embarking on a five month motorcycle trip across South America in order to use their medical training to volunteer for a remote leper colony along the Amazon river.
Based on the personal journals of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara, it highlights the freedom, adventure, and personal discovery that is part of the travel experience.
A beautiful movie about one of the most influential people to have ever lived, no matter whether you think his influence was positive or negative.
The Way (2010)
The Way is a beautiful and inspiring tale about a father walking Spain’s Camino de Santiago trail to honor his recently dead son. The experience is an eye-opening an emotional one for him, as he’s forced to make friends with complete strangers and examine his life during the 800km journey.
This should be definitely there in your best travel movies list. It features a very eclectic mix of characters, all walking the path for their own personal reasons. The movie certainly made me more interested in traveling along the Camino at some point in my life.
Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Seven Years In Tibet is about an Austrian mountaineer who heads out to conquer a Himalayan mountain in 1939. After getting captured and sent to a prison camp, he ends up breaking out with another man and sneaking into the holy Tibetan city of Lhasa.
He befriends the young Dalai Lama just as the Chinese attempt to invade Tibet by force. Both men are from totally different worlds, yet become great friends and learn from each other. The character starts off as a selfish prick, but slowly changes his outlook on life when confronted with new experiences in a very foreign land.
It’s a good movie that shows you how travel adventures can transform your life.
Encounters At The End Of The World (2007)
Encounters At The End Of The World is an incredibly beautiful and funny movie about the people and animals who live in Antarctica. The film is done by Werner Herzog, one of my favorite directors. The individuals that work at the National Science Foundation research station are full of character, and most are permanent world travelers.
Even if you’ve seen Discovery channel shows about Antarctica, this is totally different and fresh. I liked it much more than I thought I would, and it has earned a spot on my best travel movies list because as soon as it was over I wanted to pack up and head down there for a bit!
One Week (2008)
One Week is a 2008 Canadian drama film directed by Michael McGowan and starring Joshua Jackson, Liane Balaban, and Campbell Scott.
This film chronicles the motorcycle escapade of Ben Tyler, a school teacher, as he takes a fascinating road trip from the city of Toronto to British Colombia’s Tofino. Along his quest’s route, he makes stops in a number of landmarks, to find the true meaning of life, before he gets married
The scenic backdrop of the Canadian landscape as well as an all-Canadian soundtrack serve as prevalent influences in the film.
In July (2000)
In July (Im Juli) is a movie about a road trip through eastern Europe and all the adventure that goes along with it. Daniel is a shy & boring young school teacher who never really does anything fun & exciting.
He decides to break out of his shell while chasing a girl from Germany to Turkey on a crazy road trip that will change his life forever.
His travel partner shows him what he’s been missing as they drive, hitchhike, walk, swim, get robbed, steal a car, get in fights, escape from jail, and bribe border guards to get to their ultimate destination. By the end of the adventure, he’s a changed person.
Lost In Translation (2003)
Lost In Translation is based on two separate travelers, Bob & Charlotte, visiting Tokyo at the same time. They meet each other and form a friendship as they experience confusion and hilarity in a strange and curious city.
Bob is an aging actor starring in commercials, while Charlotte is the bored wife of a photographer there on business. They are an unlikely pair, experiencing a degree of loneliness in a foreign city filled with millions of people.
This is another beautifully shot film that also shows how funny and interesting traveling in a new country can be. The many little random experiences that present themselves while traveling are often the most memorable.
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty tells the story of Walter (played by Ben Stiller), an introverted, awkward, and anonymous photo editor at LIFE Magazine who’s real life is pretty boring. However Walter has a very active imagination.
When his job is threatened, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling the world from Iceland to Afghanistan in search of his hero while taking risks and conquering new challenges along the way.
A mix of incredible visual landscapes, a beautiful soundtrack, and some humor is just icing on the cake. The perfect movie to inspire those yearning for something more out of life. One of the best travel movies which got released recently.
These are the best travel movies which came to mind when i thought of sharing with my travel mates. I know you might be having different opinions or suggestions. Feel free to comment with your favorite travel movies.