Travel movies are awesome! Crazy adventures and life-changing experiences are common themes in these movies and that’s what makes them so watchable.
Each of them installs a wanderlust, a deep desire to hit the road and travel to new places and experience new things.
All this from a movie??
There will be something on this list for every type of traveler and aspiring nomad, whether you want to head off around the world for a year, or maybe you’re thinking of ideas for an epic bachelor party? Whatever the case, there’s some inspirational material in here.
10 Must Watch Travel Movies
These aren’t in any particular order.
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This Disney movie follows the story of an old man who had always planned to travel to the other side of the world with his wife. As is the case with far too many of us these days, life got in the way and he never managed to achieve this dream with his wife.
Finally, he decides to change this and stop letting life get in the way of him, and he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.
This movie is a roller coaster of emotions and is loved by people of all ages. The flying house may be a little far-fetched but Up still shows that no matter what stage of life you’re at, it’s never too late to travel and live your dreams!
Love the message that this movie sends!
2. Into the Wild
Into the Wild follows the true story of Christopher McCandless, a college graduate who has no interest in a career and decides to set out on a life-changing journey. He donates his life’s savings to charity and then hits the open road, hitchhiking his way to Alaska.
On his travels, he meets loads of incredible people from all walks of life.
If you have fears when it comes to traveling, or you’re worried you won’t meet and make new friends along the way, then watch this movie!
This movie epitomizes what traveling is all about, both the ups and the downs. It shows that there’s more to life than just the “conventional way of doing things.”
Just don’t take it too far, like Christopher ended up doing.
3. The Motorcycle Diaries
This is another true story about a young Che Guevara embarking on an epic adventure on his motorcycle in order to find his true calling in life.
Che Guevara is, no doubt, one of the most influential figures in history and this journey of self-discovery definitely has a lot to do with who he became. This movie does a perfect job at illustrating that traveling not only teaches you more about the world but also more about yourself.
4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
This film is centered around Walter Mitty, a “regular”, middle-aged guy who finally gets sick of his boring 9-5 lifestyle and decides to go and make something of his life.
This movie contains drama, adventure, laughs, and a whole lot of wanderlust and travel inspiration! I personally loved this movie, mainly because of how uplifting it is and it just goes to show that it’s never too late to go out and live the life you always dreamed of living!
Presumably, if you embark on an epic American road trip, you won’t end up encountering an alien! That being said, still, give this one a watch.
This one’s more of a light-hearted movie, featuring the hilarious duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, with Seth Rogen joining them as the voice of “Paul”, the alien.
Paul follows the story of two British nerds who travel to America; to Comic-Con and then on a road trip, visiting all of the US’ famous UFO hot spots. On the way, they find Paul, an alien on the run from the government.
While travel may not be the main focus of this film, it still made me want to hit the open road!
6. A Good Year
A British workaholic investment broker (Max) heads to France after his uncle dies, who left him his chateau and vineyard, where Max spent a lot of his childhood. While trying to sell the estate, Max discovers that there is more to life than just work and money – everything that modern-day capitalism teaches us.
7. The Hangover
Probably the most mental Vegas trip and bachelor party of all time.
This film is the story of four friends who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party but it goes horribly wrong when they wake up the following morning with no memory of the previous night.
Although this movie takes things to the extreme, it still shows why Vegas is one of the top bachelor party destinations – and travel destinations in general – slash road trip stops.
One of my favorite movies of all time, Chef follows the story of a chef (surprising, right?) who decides to abandon his job in pursuit of true happiness. He buys a food truck (something I’d LOVE to do!) and drives it across America.
This does a few things to you. It puts you in a great mood just because of how positive and feel-good the film is. It also makes you insanely hungry and also gives you the desire to go on an epic American road trip.
9. Lost in Translation
This movie is about two complete strangers who happen to travel to Tokyo at the same time. They meet and become friends while experiencing this unbelievable city.
This film is amazingly shot and just highlights how interesting and incredible traveling to new places can be and how these experiences can totally change your life!
10. Easy Rider
Last but definitely not least on this list!
Easy Rider follows two hippie bikers who travel across America – after completing a drug deal in Mexico – on a spiritual road trip of sorts.
Now, this movie may be nearing 50 years old, but it still holds up as one of the best movies ever made and will certainly put you in the mood for hitting the open road, and maybe even getting your motorcycle license!
What are some of your favorite travel movies?