Movies carry us into magical moments of time. Although mostly based on fictional tales, the locations are very much and often leave us filled with wanderlust. Here are 10 movies that will inspire you to get packing and head off to awaiting adventures.
1. Into the Wild (2007)
The quintessential travel movie, Into the Wild is based on the true story of Christopher McCandless aka Alexander Supertramp. A young graduate disillusioned with the materialism of modern life, he hitchhiked into the American wilderness of Alaska. Directed by Sean Penn, this tragic tale will inspire you but not before moving you to tears.
2. Queen (2014)
A path-breaking movie in Bollywood, Queen follows the story of Rani, a woman ditched by her fiancé a day before the wedding. Undeterred, she heads off on their pre-booked honeymoon all alone and ends up discovering herself along the way. Featuring locales such as Paris and Amsterdam, this movie announced boldly that a woman didn’t need a man to see the world.
3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
A fantasy drama, Walter Mitty is a regular guy stuck in a mundane job. His luck changes when he goes on an epic adventure in search of the photographer of the magazine he works for. Shot in the breath-taking locales of the Himalayas and Greenland, this is one movie that will get you packing and headed off to the mountains.
4. Zindagi Na Milega Dobara (2011)
Undoubtedly one of the most popular Bollywood films of the past decade, ZNMD follows three guys off on a bachelor party road trip to Spain. What follows are unplanned adventures peppered with new friends, experiences, and learnings along the way. The catchy music combined with truly mesmerizing shots of the sunny Spanish countryside will get you booking a ticket with your friends soon.
5. Out of Africa (1985)
An epic romance, this 1985 hit film won a whopping 7 Oscars. Following the love story of a Danish baroness and a local game hunter, Out of Africa featured brilliant cinematography that highlighted the beauty of the African continent. With top-notch aerial photography, wildlife shots, and silhouetted sceneries, this classic movie will inspire you to explore the mysteries of the great African continent.
6. Highway (2014)
A Bollywood cult film, Highway follows the story of a kidnapping gone all wrong. Continual scenes of driving through the highways of Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir will truly touch the adventurous soul in you. A movie that leaves you yearning for more, Highway is emotionally charged and high on adrenaline.
7. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
A commercial success, Eat Pray Love followed the story of Elizabeth Gilbert, a successful executive jaded by the comforts and monotony of city life. She travels to Italy to indulge in cuisine, India to take comfort in prayer, and finally falls in true love in Indonesia. Stunning locales and effortless acting by the lead pair make for a truly heart-warming movie.
8. Jab We Met (2007)
A heartbroken tycoon meets with a bubbly girl about to elope with her lover. What follows is a series of adventures and misadventures that will tug at your heartstrings. Shot mainly in Chandigarh, Shimla, and Manali, Jab We Met will give you over a hundred reasons to explore the magic of North India. Each of the film’s songs, picturized against a stunning alpine scenery, will make you want to hit the road immediately.
9. The Bucket List (2007)
If you knew you were going to die soon, where would you travel to? This heart-warming drama-comedy takes you over and over the difficult theme of living life to the fullest against all odds. Two patients diagnosed with terminal cancer see the world together before they die. Filmed in several countries including Tanzania, India, France, Nepal, China, and even the North Pole, The Bucket List reminds us that the clock is ticking and we need to live truly before we leave this world.
10. Piku (2015)
A moving tale of a young woman who accompanies her aged father on a road trip to their ancestral home in Kolkata. With principal photography in Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon, and Kolkata, the film perfectly captures the idiosyncrasies one faces when travelling with family. With relatable characters and dialogue, Piku will tug at your heartstrings and fill you with nostalgia.
The list of movies that inspire us to travel are not always movies that have travel and adventure as their central theme. They are often movies that inspire the person inside of us to dream bigger. Here are some honorable mentions:
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
Life of Pi
Lost in Translation
The Motorcycle Diaries
Time to begin ticking names of this list. Bon Voyage!