Some of our favourite travel movies

Who doesn’t like to snuggle up on the sofa with a great movie?

Movies are one of the best mediums for inspiring travel and great for those who are nomadic at heart. From epic adventures to stunning landscapes, movies offer inspiration, and making us want to experience new cultures, to get out on the road or visit a particular place or country. Here are some of our best travel movies which might want you to pack your bags and start travelling. Below is a list of 10 travel movies, which we think are great fun to watch.


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This movie is just as the book amazing! In fact this story is so great that it had some major impact on my (Chantal’s) decision to move to Australia. The movie tells the story of Robyn a young woman who undertakes a 2.700 km solo journey which starts in Alice Springs, across the harsh desires of Western Australia in company of four camels and her beloved dogs. Robyn wants to reach the ocean and spend time alone to find herself during this journey.

Eat Pray Love

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A married woman (Julia Roberts) is unhappy in her relationship and decides to divorce from her husband. She decides that it is time to find herself and therefore she goes on a round-the-world trip. On this trip she discovers herself by eating in Italy, Praying in India and finally loving in Bali. It is a bit of a chick flick but we did enjoy the movie.

The Motorcycle Diaries

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The movie is about Ché Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna) who set of on an old motor cycle across the beautiful scenery of South America. It tells you the real life story of Ché who develops from a doctor to becoming a communist crusader. You don’t have to agree with the politics to enjoy this movie; casting is well done and the scenery is amazing.


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Cheryl (Reece Witherspoon) sets off to solo hike 1770 km (1100 miles) along the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada, to recover from a personal tragedy. At the start of her walk, she doe not have a clue what she’s doing, which is shown by the ridiculous large backpack she is crying, but bravely goes for it. During her walk she overcomes feelings of loneliness, she crosses deserts, forests and climbs mountains and experiences all the weather when can expect; sunshine, rain and snow. All of this gives her a chance to restart her life and deal with her problems as her mum’s death, her addiction to drugs and many other issues. The movie is one that brings up a tear and a smile.

A Walk in the Woods

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Author Bill Bryson (Robert Redford), lives in New Hampshire, and is in his 60’s. He attends to a funeral after which he takes a stroll and stumbles on the Appalachian Trail which crosses his neighbourhood. At this moment he decides that he wants to walk the full length of this trail. His wife Catherine (Emma Thompson), objects to this plan and presents all kind of evidence about things that can go wrong. Bryson agrees that he will take a friend Stephen (Nick Nolte) on his walking adventure presenting all kinds of accounts about accidents and murders on the trail. The two set off to complete this trail, but are often overtaken by younger and fitter walkers, both are stubborn and continue their journey trough rain and snow. During this walk their respect for one and other starts to grow. At one stage they fall of the edge of a cliff and have to spend their night on the rocks, this makes them decide that they journey has been adventurous enough and that it is time to go back home again. We want to complete some walks ourselves after we did see this movie.

The Bucket List

Bucket list
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This movie might cause some tears and is not a typical travel movie. It is about two terminally ill men (Morgan Freeman and jack Nicholson) who meet in a hospital and who decide to tick all the things of their bucket list before they die. The two go on a around-the-world vacation in which they have some amazing experiences together; skydiving, flying over the North Pole, dinner in a really fancy restaurant in France, riding motor cycles on the Great Wall of China, visiting the Taj Mahal in India, Safari in Tanzania and finally a visit to the base of Mt. Everest in Nepal.

The Beach

The Beach
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Who didn’t dream of white beaches and blue waters after they did see the movie “The Beach” which was released in 2000. In this movie Richard (Leonardo diCaprio) travels to Bangkok here he meets another tourist who tells him about this idillic pristine island in the Gulf of Thailand. This island is uninhabited and forbidden, on which there lies a beautiful hidden beach and lagoon – walled in by cliffs and untouched by the tourist industry. Richard travels to this island in the area of Koh Samui but will he and the others be able to leave?

Whale Rider

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Not sure what it was, but this movie gave me goosebumps and some watery eyes. The movie is about a little  Maori girl who wants to become the chief of the tribe. Her grandfather Koro believes that this is a role reserved for males only. The girl loves her grandfather more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny to become chief of the tribe. The movie showcases the great Maori culture.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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A blockbuster and the movie did certainly inspire us to add Iceland to our list of travel destinations. Walter Mitty, hates his job and dreams of a more exciting and adventurous life. The magazine for which he works wants to use one of the photographs from Sean for the last issue. Walter realizes he lost this photo and decides to find this mysterious photographer Sean. On his search to find this photographer, he experiences some real adventures and sees some natural wonders and with every adventure he finds himself a bit more. We would recommend seeing this movie especially for all these amazing sceneries.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild
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Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless tries to shed his material life and get in touch with nature and life. He abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings to charity and hitchhikes through the USA before ending in Alaska where he lives in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life. This great movie reminds us that it are the experiences which count not our possessions.


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