10 Films That Will Inspire You To Travel

There are so many travel movies out there, but there are a few that I find to be quite brilliant and inspiring. Here are 10 of my favorite travel movies to keep your wanderlust at bay.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


When his job is threatened, Walter Mitty takes off on a global adventure. The beginning of the movie shows Walters imagination taking him to distant places and having him do incredible things. As he moves through his journey, his daydreams lessen as his real life becomes the stuff of his imagination. This movie shows how travel can change you and enrich your life, and is perfect for those days when you feel like you are just yearning for something more.

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.

The Motorcycle Diaries


This film depicts Che Guevara’s journey across South America. It’s a true story of Guevara and his friend embarking on a five month road trip, in order to use their medical training to volunteer at a leper colony along the Amazon River. It’s a truly beautiful movie based on Guevara’s own travel journals.

Into The Wild


After graduating from university, Chris McCandless abandons his possessions and his former life, gives away his savings to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska. This movie is one of my favorites (as well as the book.)

The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona


This Woody Allen film stars a great cast of actors, and centers around two women on a holiday in Spain. They both fall for the same man, a mysterious painter.



This movie cover the true story of Cheryl Strayed as she hikes the Pacific Coast Trail. Wild stars Reese Witherspoon, and is (in my opinion) one of her best performances yet. Although I have never really had the desire to do extended solo hiking, this movie is extremely inspiring. Strayed crosses forests, hills, and rivers in her ill-fitting hiking boots, losing toenails along the way but gaining insight into herself.

The Beach


This film has inspired many backpacking trip to Thailand. Richard, a twenty-something backpacker, finds himself in possession of a map that is supposed to lead to an untouched, unspoiled paradise. He soon learns that even paradise can come with a price.

For mine is the generation that travels the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite & never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience— And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it.



I love Pixar movies, and Up does not disappoint. Besides the fact that it manages to tell a more heartbreaking love story in five minutes than many movies do in two hours, Up makes you believe that life can be lived to fullest no matter what your age. I’ve also always stressed that I won’t get to do all the things on my bucket list before I get old, and to that, Up says “So what?”

Almost Famous


This movie has a kickass soundtrack, and is about a young music obsessed teen who follows his favorite band on tour.

Before Sunrise


Before Sunrise is one my favorite love stories. It begins with an American boy and a French girl meeting on a train and agreeing to spend the night together before he flies home. They explore, philosophizing about the world and love. The sequel, Before Sunset, is extremely well-done. I have yet to see the third movie in the trilogy, Before Midnight, but I’m sure it’s just as excellent as the others. I think this movie perfectly explains the rush of meeting someone while traveling, knowing that it can’t last but hoping all the same.

Thelma and Louise


Thelma & Louise is a must see girl-power movie, and one of the most indisputable road trip movies of all time. It’s basically about escape, freedom, and finding your own independence.

What are some of your favorite travel movies?


12 thoughts

  1. Great list! Another great one to add is L’Auberge Espagnole. It was the film that inspired my first backpacking trip! It’s about a French guy who moves to Barcelona to learn Spanish. He lives with an international group of roommates and creates a lot of great memories. Check it out if you haven’t already. Like Before Sunrise, that was followed by After Sunset and Before Midnight, L’Auberge Espagnole has two follow up films as well!

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  2. I love your choices. I really enjoyed Secret Life of Walter Mitty! If you have India cravings as I always do, Exotic Marigold Hotel ( there are 2 now) is excellent, funny and filled with great quotes.

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  3. What a great list – thanks for putting this together 🙂
    Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited” is one that was surprisingly inspiring. A beautiful film, both in story and visual aesthetic. Cheers! 🌿


  4. Very nice blog… I just blogged how much I am influenced by film and how much it makes me travel. Up actually made us visit Angel falls… Loved Walter mitty and motorcycle diaries.. I recently watched the one where a lady travel through Australia with just camels so inspiring… I hope you don’t mind but I may put mine down too and let you know… Great article and thanks for the inspiration.. A wandering memory


  5. May I add Lost in Translation to this list 🙂 very heartfelt blog. the passion, unadulterated joy, honesty and truthfulness in you can be felt through your writing. I have also learnt in my 32 years of life so far that there is no teacher like travel and no book like experience. all d best with your journeys!

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