You feel the instant urge to pack up everything and head out to explore the world. Great travel movies like these have helped inspire personal travel goals over the years. So if you're looking for some motivation to push you into a backpacking adventure of your own, sit down and watch a couple of these fantastic flicks with a bowl of popcorn, a glass of wine, and a friend. It's the next best thing to actually traveling! Just make sure to get off that couch and experience the real thing once in a while, because no matter how good these movies are, they can never replicate the incredible experiences of actual world travel.
Audrey Hepburn, in Roman Holiday, was the face that launched a thousand trips. Hepburn’s debut star turn, as a European princess escaping her official duties for one lighthearted day, made the film beloved. But it was the warmly casual sense of place—the joy of being out among gelato vendors and moped riders and against such classic backdrops as the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps—that made this an influential travel film. Less than a decade after World War II, when it was still rare for large numbers of people to go abroad by plane, Americans were eager for fellowship and the liberating romance of travel, and Roman Holiday made them want to give it a try.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
A classic story indeed, based on the story of a scientist who was given the challenge by the members of royal academy of science in London to travel around the globe to different cities using all modes of transports available. The story revolves on how he embarks this difficult journey, getting into all the troubles, meeting new people and new culture and how in this chaos he is still able to find his true love and earn a best friend for life. This movie indeed is a must watch who have a feel of exploring the odds in life.
California, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, In his firstof-its-kind documentary, director Bruce Brown followed surfers Robert August and Mike Hynson in their quest for the perfect wave-a year long journey to a dozen locations around the world. As dramatic as the surfing is, what lingers long after is the can-do, must-travel spirit. Shot in eight countries, the movie begins and ends in California.
THE BUCKET LIST
Certainly the one which makes you think there’s much more to life than giving up. The story is about 2 patients suffering from cancer who believed that their life is now at the edge of the cliff, with nothing to hold on. So instead of just laying on the bed and wait for the end, they end up making a Bucket list and do all this crazy things, visit all the places they always wanted to, getting in touch with old and new people and finding their lost love. The idea of not giving it up until it ends and that you can always make your life the way you want it to be, makes me believe it is a great movie to watch. It is interesting how many people when faced with their mortality choose to see more of the world as a number one priority.
LOST IN TRANSLATION
It is based on two separate travelers, Bob & Charlotte, visiting Tokyo at the same time. They meet each other and form a friendship as they experience confusion and hilarity in a strange and curious city. Bob is an aging actor starring in commercials, while Charlotte is the bored wife of a photographer there on business. They are an unlikely pair, experiencing a degree of loneliness in a foreign city filled with millions of people. This is another beautifully shot film that also shows how funny and interesting traveling in a new country can be. The many little random experiences that present themselves while traveling are often the most memorable.
ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA
This is one of those Bollywood travel movies that is bound to remain etched in memory. It is a heartfelt story about love, friendship and adventure, while being shot at some of the most breathtaking locations in spain. The way Yash chopra made Switzerland a dream honeymoon spot for Indians, Zoya akhtar did the same for Spain. This movie surely did boost tourism in Spain. This movie is a must watch for those who think making money and worrying about the future is more important than living the present.
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES
The true story of two medical students embarking on a five month motorcycle trip across South America in order to use their medical training to volunteer for a remote leper colony along the Amazon river. Based on the personal journals of latin American revolutionary Che Guevara, it highlights the freedom, adventure, and personal discovery that is part of the travel experience. A movie about one of the most influential people to have ever lived, no matter whether you think his influence was positive or negative.
The academy award nominee picture directed by Danny Boyle is a story of young explorer who goes any means to give a thrill factor in his life. He is the one who ends up finding new places, places very few have seen. A rock climber and an adventure sports lover, his life comes to a standstill when he gets stuck in a canyon and he his stuck for 127 hours, during which his life became more about surviving rather than exploring and even though he had to lose his arm in this accident, it didn’t stop him to continue what he always wanted in life- Exploring The Unknowns.
EAT, PRAY, LOVE
The story is about Julia Robert’s adventure through Italy, India and Indonesia – travels east to do some “Globe-trotting and soul searching” and finds her to a world of friendship, faith and mouth watering Italian food. It taught us an important lesson that you don’t need people along to make your travel meaningful but if your heart is ready to accept the wilderness and that it transpires you to explore the world outside and inside of you, then nothing is can stop you to search for the unknowns..
The road trip formula never fails. While the first part takes you to the Party Capital Las Vegas, the second one takes you to Bangkok and other parts of Thailand. From the iconic Caesars Palace, Bellagio and the White Chapel in Vegas to Thailand and Bangkok. Visit Chinatown, Soi Cowboy and Sukhumvit Soi to travel like the “wolf pack”.
Live it up like the gang of men from Hangover in the world’s Party Capital, Las Vegas
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