Now, here’s a confession (presumably) from all the travel enthusiasts out there. Most of the time we’d travel to new places to experience their culture so that we can have real-life travel experiences to share with our friends. But when we run out of money to explore, that doesn’t mean that we should stop travelling too.
We can still travel without being there physically. How? Through these movies that are filled with breathtaking landscapes and travel inspirations. So, if you are planning a getaway soon, why not satisfy your wanderlust by watching these movies first?
1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Escaping his boring daily routine at LIFE magazine, archivist Walter Mitty (played by Ben Stiller) decides to make a change in his life by going on an epic adventure to find a missing photo. In the film, Mitty travels to places like Greenland, Iceland and Afghanistan to find the photo before returning to the concrete jungles of New York. However, Ben Stiller and the production team have never set foot in Greenland and Afghanistan as the entire film was shot in different parts of Iceland.
2. The Darjeeling Limited
Following their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India to reunite with their mother in the beautiful Darjeeling of India. Directed by Wes Anderson, the film has a usual quirky and whimsical style that has undoubtedly inspired us with their spiritual journey in India. “The Darjeeling Limited” is not the only Wes Anderson’s film that has inspired us to travel as “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has pretty amazing filming locations as well.
3. Midnight in Paris
The film tells a story of a screenwriter, Gil Pender, who mysteriously travels back to the 1920s every night during his trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family. While the film focuses on Pender’s romantic journey in Paris during 1920s, we can’t help but notice that the backdrops of the locations in the film as they are strangely beautiful and idealistic.
4. One Week
Fancy going on a road trip? “One Week” might be the perfect film for you! Young English teacher Ben Tyler decides to go on a motorcycle trip from Toronto to Vancouver after he was diagnosed with cancer. Along the way, he meets people who changes his perspective on life and gives life a new meaning. The film features the most beautiful part of Canada and the whole journey showcases the scenic backdrop of the Canadian landscape.
5. Mamma Mia
“Mamma Mia” is a musical comedy film (adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name) that tells the story of a 20-year-old bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan as she searches for her father before her wedding day. While the film often features the upbeat songs from successful pop group ABBA, the most notable part of the film is the calm and laid back lifestyle in Greece. The entire film was shot at the small Greek island of Skopelos.
6. Eat Pray Love
Based on an inspiring memoir by American writer Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat Pray Love” tells a story of a woman who travels to Italy, India, and Bali, Indonesia as a mean to self-discovery and balancing her life. Because of this film, many people were inspired to embark on a spiritual trip to the places that were featured in the film, especially Bali, where Gilbert found her love.
7. The Hobbit Trilogy
Last but not least, “The Hobbit Trilogy” is absolutely the only reason why we want to make a trip to New Zealand soon! Most parts of the film were shot at various locations in New Zealand featuring the country’s natural yet beautiful landscapes. Although some parts of the film were computer generated for the fantasy effects, the landscape and the environment of the film remained in its most natural form. The hobbit holes in the film even went on to becoming tourist attractions in New Zealand!
Have you watched any films that have inspired you to leave everything behind and travel the world? Let us know in the comments!