My Top Inspiring Travel Movies

Inspiring Travel Movies – Sometimes I feel a bit lost and confused, and I start to question my actions and why I travel, but after watching these movies they helped me to remember again why I travel, and feel inspired to continue traveling and living this lifestyle.

A lifestyle without working for someone else or getting a 4 year long education doing something I don’t really want to do.

For years Hollywood has taken us to places we never knew existed!

Movies can give you the travel bug in an instant, they’re so good at giving you that “wish you were there” feeling!

Traditional movies like The Sound of Music took us early on to scenes of historical Europe like the town of Salzburg in Austria.

My Top Inspiring Travel Movies

More modern movies like The Bucket List not only got us started on our own personal list but gave us amazing scenes of the Himalayas and the pyramids in Egypt.

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If you ever feel in doubt of why you’re traveling, or why you broke out of the 9 to 5 cubicle, watch these movies and you’ll remember:

The Bucket List

Another favorite, The Bucket List, with great actors, Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, has viewers thinking about their own travel bucket lists!
Inspiring Travel Movies The Bucket List
The Bucket List is a movie about two men – Edward, a billionaire hospital boss and Carter, a broke mechanic, who have both been diagnosed with lung cancer and are sharing the same room at the hospital.

Carter writes a bucket list of things to do before he dies, but after hearing that he only has a year to live, he throws the list away.

Edward convinces Carter to do everything on his list, which he also pays for, and they’re off on a big world adventure.

I think we all have a bucket list of things we want to do, and I don’t want to find myself 80 years old realizing that I never did all of those things I had on my bucket list.

That I got caught up in the every day life, spent most of my life working at a job I didn’t like, and never traveled to any of the places I dreamed of.

This movie is a great reminder of this and keeps me on the right track.

A Map for Saturday

Two weeks ago I finally took the time to watch a movie that I’ve had for a while but just had never taken the time to watch.

It’s called “A map for Saturday”, and for those who haven’t seen it it’s an independent film about traveling and backpacking.

Brook travels the world, shares his thoughts and interviews people he meets along the way about their thoughts and experiences from traveling.

I actually thought it was a pretty good movie, he reminds you over and over how amazing traveling is, why we do it and all the things we learn from it.

Last Stop For Paul

This is a great independent movie (based on a true story) about two guys backpacking the world in two weeks (!), spreading one of the guy’s dead friend’s ashes in each country as they go.

What I found MOST inspiring about the movie wasn’t so much the story itself, but the way they produced it.

They just had a loose script and idea, and improvised on the spot.

All stand-in characters in the movie were just people they found on the street – I absolutely love it!

It inspired me to travel and film our own rtw trip (hint hint), and they seemed to have a great time doing it!

The Sound of Music

This old favorite received 5 Academy awards.

It takes place in Salzburg, Austria in 1965 with stars, Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
Salzburg, Austria where Sound of Music was filmed
We are all familiar with the story of the nun who becomes governess to 7 children, but did you know that the Nonnberg Abbey was originally built in the year 714?

Other amazing inspiring locations from this movie are the rolling hills in Salzburg, the Frohnburg Palace, Residenz Square, Felsenreitschule and the famous Sound of Music Pavilion where Maria sang “I am 16 going on 17”.

Midnight in Paris

Written and produced by Woody Allen, this movie takes us back in time to some wonderful inspirational scenes of historic Paris back in the early 1920’s.
Midnight in Paris
If romance is on your mind and you’re up for traveling with your loved one, this movie is a must watch!

Walk the streets of Paris, visit Notre Dame, sit at a little outdoor café, walk Versailles and visit the Sacre-Coeur.

Worst Travel Movie Companions

Think about what happens in your favorite road trip movies.

Two best friends set out together on an epic journey.

They fight, it makes the plot line more interesting, and both emerge even closer at the end, their lives more enriched and fulfilled (well, in most movies anyway).

In real life, however, conflict while traveling isn’t anywhere near as exciting.

Take a cue from some of your favorite films, and take note of what not to look for in a travel buddy.

Dr. Gonzo – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Played by Benicio del Torro, Dr. Gonzo is a perfect example of who not to take on a road trip – whether you’ve got a boot full of drugs or not.

Nobody wants a psychotic travel companion who loudly sings the wrong tune when listening to the radio, pulls knives on random passers-by, tries to electrocute themselves in the bathtub, and abandons you while you’re in a drug-fueled haze and foots you with the hotel bill.

Gollum – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001 – 2003)

Whether you’re trekking across barren plains to Mordor where peril and near-death lies around the corner, or booking a couple of chilled domestic flights to your closest city, it goes without saying that your travel companion should not be constantly trying to steal your stuff and choke you to death while you’re sleeping – a few things Gollum is a little guilty of.

Neal Page – Planes Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Played by Steve Martin, if you have a friend who’s constantly frustrated, angry and tries to ditch you several times throughout your journey, consider another travel buddy.

Sure, it may be funny to watch them scream at airport employees or rental car companies once or twice, but it will get embarrassing if they’re constantly having a tantrum.

Richard Hoover – Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

While travelling with your dysfunctional family is a bad idea at the best of times, a particularly uptight and neurotic parent or travel companion like Richard Hoover, played by Greg Kinnear, is the worst.

Annoying attempts at motivational speeches, unhelpful diet tips and constant over-analyses of everybody’s personality types will soon get very tiring.
Worst Movie Travel Companions

Alan Garner – The Hangover (2009)

We’ve all got a friend who’s a little socially awkward, at times inappropriate and just a little darn weird.

But if said friend decides to slip you and your other travel companions a roofie one night just like Zach Galifinakis’ character does in The Hangover – you’re probably better off leaving them at home…

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22 thoughts on “My Top Inspiring Travel Movies”

  1. For some reason The Beach with Leo DiCaprio always makes me want to grab my backpack and head to SE Asia.
    Movies aside, there’s a great Canadian travel series called Departures, its about 3 young guys traveling the world for 3 years. I can’t get enough of it! You can watch some trailors on youtube. Highly recommended!

  2. What a great topic for a post! I haven’t seen any of these movies, but will rent them now. I totally agree with you about not wanting to be 80 years old and having things you wish you’d done. I want to see the whole world while I’m still young!

  3. NP! Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka are really beautiful films, where the Earth is the star and you just want to get out there and see many of the places it shows. I’d always wanted to go to NZ but even more so after seeing LOTR/The Piano. Stunning scenery. Maybe it’ll be my big jaunt for next year! 🙂

  4. awesome – the movie is great i think. really cool to see his journey from a guy who thinks by traveling he will get the urge out of his system to a guy who can’t stop traveling and sees it more as a way of life – not just as something you need to do once.

  5. Thinking more about it, a movie others have recommended to me, but which I have yet to see, is Long Way Down (with Ewan McGregor). Also, especially appealing to the surfers out there is an oldie but goodie, Endless Summer.

  6. Movies such as The Tunnel and The Lives of Others got me excited to visit Berlin.

    Completely agree on A Map for Saturday. It was well done. I kept thinking what a pain that must have been for him on his trip though. Carrying all that camera gear, doing those interviews, etc.

  7. Movies such as The Tunnel and The Lives of Others got me excited to visit Berlin.

    Completely agree on A Map for Saturday. It was well done. I kept thinking what a pain that must have been for him on his trip though. Carrying all that camera gear, doing those interviews, etc.

  8. It sounds a bit like the movie “Earth”?
    I used to think that the scenery in LOTR movies was all done in photoshop (there couldn’t possibly be such a beutiful place!), so when I went there I was so surprised to see that it actually really does look exactly like in the movies…!

  9. Yeah, I’m sure his trip would have looked different if he didn’t carry all that gear, but I think if you’re really passionate about the project you probably don’t think about it that way.
    Thanks for the tip, never seen any of those two movies, will check them out!

  10. LOL Sofia, well I’ll definitely need to see NZ then! The two other films are kind of like Earth but different too, in that they have no narration, just an amazing soundtrack and our amazing planet! There’s also a lot about human interaction on the planet too in those two films, probably a bit more so than Earth. Hope you get to check them out 🙂

  11. I have to put A Map for Saturday on my list of movies to watch. I have heard a great review from a friend a while back but never really had the time to see it. Someday I wish that I can go on and realize my dream of traveling the world.

  12. I just watched the movie, The Fall. It is not a movie about travel, but I can’t imagine anyone watching that visual masterpiece, shot all around the world, and not wanting to travel. Check out the locations

  13. It’s funny that you put the Bucket List on here because after watching that movie, it was what inspired me to create a ‘Bucket List’ of my own. I also see more and more travel bloggers with lists of their own as I read more and more blogs.

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