Check out the best of travel-inspiring movies in this well-curated list below!
1. Lord Of The RingsIn 2001, post the release of Lord of the Rings, tourism thrived in New Zealand due to the sights of over 150 stunning locations and landscapes that can be spotted in the film. From lush green peaks of Matamata in the North Island- Hobbiton to Queenstown’s snowy jagged mountain peaks- the Remarkables, Dimrill Dale, Osgiliath, Rivendell, and Paths of the Dead have been featured in the film. There are beautiful sights across the state. Bewitching you with its charm, the movie certainly makes you want to crave for the splendid sets of the movie.
2. The Before TrilogyLove for the Before trilogy begins the moment you witness the exotic locations in the backdrop. When two individuals set foot on a romantic travel journey, you are bound to get tempted. And when the destinations include places like Vienna, Greece, Paris, and Messenia, you can't resist travelling. With a dose of humour and the taste of a real relationship, you are sure to fantasise about the enchanting landscapes.
3. The Motorcycle DiariesThis incredibly beautiful story takes you on a journey through South Africa, showcasing some of the most picturesque landscapes. If you are a road trip enthusiast, the protagonist motivates you into setting on a bike-tour. It traces his travels through places like the Andes, Atacama Desert, and the Amazon River Basin giving you major wanderlust feels.
4. Midnight in ParisMidnight in Paris stands out on the list. If you are a literature enthusiast, you need to watch the film. The film transports you into a different era of classic writers, musicians, and artists in the backdrop of the rustic streets and landmarks of Paris. It lures you into witnessing Paris in the 1920s which is equally spellbinding as it is today!
5. Eat Pray LoveA film with Julia Roberts and travel? You're already going to watch it without further persuasion. Setting out on an introspective search after an immediate divorce, Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) steps out of her comfort zone and travels on a quest for self-discovery. She goes to Italy for its delicious nibbles, heads to India to embrace the spiritual power and finally ends up in Indonesia with inner tranquillity and love. The film portrays the power of travel, convincing you to step out too!
6. Sex and the CityIf you haven't seen sex and the city, watch it already! With a stunning cast of women and the strong portrayal of girl power, it is a film that displays the challenges of women which are difficult to overcome and how these girls travel together to reconnect and reinstall positivity within their systems. You get to see a lot of New York and Los Angeles in the movie.
7. Into the WildSometimes you need to cut out from your daily routine, your mundane lifestyles and move out on a journey. But you have to pay the price for it! Into the Wild reveals the multiple facets of travelling. The protagonist abandons all worldly ties for a bit and hitchhikes across several destinations like North California, Los Angeles, Imperial Valley, Salton City, and Alaska. After travelling in the wilderness, he realised the importance of sharing life with his family. It sure urges you to travel, but it also shows its darker sides.
8. The Secret Life of Walter MittyThis movie is a dream! Imagination is the key to the film. The protagonist sets on an extraordinary journey across the globe after going through a period of distress. From the Himalayas to Los Angeles, the travel highlight of the film includes sceneries of Iceland and its multiple villages including Garður, a fishing village that reflect a rustic but charming lifestyle. If this doesn't tempt you, then what will?
9. Lost in translationThe thing with Lost in Translation is that it makes you recollect all the tiny adventures you undergo while you travel. Travelling to an unknown country shows you the other side of the world. This is exactly what Lost in Translation portrays to the audience- the little experience of travelling that remains etched in memory after your journey. And when the film features the dynamic city of Tokyo, you can't help but want to travel to the most hospitable country in the world- Japan.
10. The Bucket ListWhen two oldies but goodies decide to seize the day and travel to their dream destinations on their bucket list; you know that the viewers and the characters are about to embark upon a magical journey. The overwhelming storyline takes you to locations like India, China, Egypt, Tanzania, France, and the U.S. The film gives you a lot of inspiration for both travel and life!
11. Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraWe all have gushed over the stunning locations of the film. From taking detours in Spain to stopping at exotic locations, the three protagonists rightfully celebrate a bachelor's trip. From featuring the fun and messy Tomatina festival to deadly bull adventures, the film highlights Spain and its adventure sports in its true sense. Of course, we all have tapped out feet with the Spanish dancers and handsome hunks to the Senorita song!
12. TamashaIs Corsica your dream destination? Then Tamasha should be your go-to movie. With a beautiful portrayal of a multitude of emotions that an individual undergoes to featuring the rustic life of Corsica, the local cultures and long drives, Tamasha makes it anyone's movie bucket list! Corsica sure does make you forget about your worldly worries, enticing you into the magnificent location.
13. HighwayAlthough the movie portrays a dark and grim life, the kidnapped bride-to-be (Alia Bhatt) is taken on a journey from which she refuses to return. The road trip on a truck through the beautiful valleys of Punjab Rajasthan, Haryana to the bountiful peaks of Sangla Valley to the Aru Valley and Chandanwari, the movie keeps travel on the forefront!
14. Yeh Jawani Hai DiwaniRanbir, the hippie, lives his dream to travel and is seen trekking in the hills of Manali (which by the way, was Gulmarg) capturing foreign locations, and traversing through the royal city of Udaipur, Ayan Mukherjee did a fine job with direction and frames. The character Kabir Thapar's travel book is every individual's hidden desire, which not many have the steel to fulfil!
15. QueenAfter a horrific break-up, a woman in distress sets out on her honeymoon; alone, only to discover how magical travelling is! She heads to Paris and Amsterdam, only to find her true self. Her journey showcased meeting new people and discovering multiple cultures with her own desi ambience. The resolute Kangana tells us why one doesn't need a partner to enjoy and that women should not turn victims to any injustice extended to them! What a movie!
If this list doesn't lure you into heading to your much-awaited destination, what will? Watch your favourite movie, get all the inspiration you need and head out! Which is your favourite travel film? Tell us in the comments below!