The Top 10 Most Inspirational Films about Travel & Adventure

Travel Movies

One can find the inspiration to travel in many different ways; from a simple fortune cookie quote to watching and reading about someone else’s travels or even looking at the stunning pictures of backpackers and their adventures.

One of the most important factors that inspire me to travel is films. Be it Hollywood, Bollywood or films from other countries, cinema has played a major role in motivating me to pack my bags and bid farewell to my couch! There have been hundreds of travel and adventure movies which hit the big screen, and here is my list of top ten travel movies that I would suggest every wanderer watch. These films are really close to my heart as a lot of my personal travelling style has been depicted in them.

  • Hector and the Search for Happiness:download

You may or may not have heard the name of this film before, but it carries a really special message about what all of us look for when we travel. We all want to be happy and knowing what makes other people happy can lead us to that road. This movie is about the journey of a psychiatrist who decides to travel the world in search of an answer to his question; “What is the secret of Happiness”. He does find the answer at the end of the film and you will have to watch the film to know what it is.

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  • Around the World In 80 Days:

ARound the world in 80 DaysThis is a classic comedy, loved dearly by Jackie Chain fans all around the world. The film centres on a lot of travelling as an eccentric British inventor decides to travel the world in 80 days to win a bet. His Chinese valet and an aspiring French artist join him in this extreme adventure. The movie takes you to marvellous places such as the colonial-era India, Turkey, China, and France. Their adventure also includes a train journey in the classic Orient Express, followed by an adventure across the seas. If not for travel, do watch it for the comedy as it’s totally worth it!

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  • The Darjeeling Limited:

The movie showcases an older version of the famous Indian train and depicts the beautiful story of three siblings taking on a train journey across the country of India. Indian Railway system is the biggest in the world and it can surprise you in many ways. This movie gives you a glimpse at the traditional Indian culture and has a witty script, featuring my favourite actor, Owen Wilson.

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  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty:

I think that a lot of people would be able to relate to the main concept of this movie and would want to travel the world along with Walter Mitty. The movie revolves around a middle-aged man whose job is at stake because he is missing the negative of a photograph by a travel photographer. In order to save his job, he decides to find his travel photographer friend who is constantly on the move. Post jumping with the sharks in Greenland, passing through the active volcano in Iceland and many other adventures, he finally locates his friend in the mountains of Afghanistan. The visuals of Iceland and Greenland as shown in the movie should be reason enough for you to jump out of your couch.

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  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara:

This is one of the two Bollywood films that managed to touch my travel instincts. The other movie being, “Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani”. Bollywood produces hundreds of movies every year and there has been a recent surge in travel-related films or films shot in exotic locations. ZNMD felt close to my heart due to the raw emotions showcased in the movie. The movie is about three friends going on a bachelor’s trip to Spain and participating in three different adventure sports chosen by each other. The cinematography of the film is brilliant and the locations, the singing, dancing and brilliant performances will make you want to visit Spain ASAP!

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  • Eat, Pray, Love:

Other than the travelling featured in them, the thing that I personally enjoy about these movies is that they are quite realistic and once the audience gets attached to the story, the message depicted in the movie becomes more recognisable. Eat, Pray, Love is a classic Julia Roberts movie where a married woman realises how unhappy she is in her marriage and chooses to take on a different path. Each phase of the title represents a different country featured in the movie. She embarks on a solo journey, meeting new people from all over the world; eats exotic food, learns the power of yoga and falls in love, among many other things. It’s definitely a good movie to watch on a weekend.

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  • The Bucket List:

The Bucket List is a light-hearted movie and the reason why I like it so much is that it shows how people tend to realise that they could have done so much more during their lifetime but they didn’t, only when on their deathbeds. The story revolves around two cancer patients lying on their hospital beds, making a list of things they wanted to do and places they wanted to travel to all their life but couldn’t. They then decide to go live the rest of their lives, fulfilling their ‘bucket lists’ so that they can die without any regrets. It’s a warm movie with no heavy adventures, but it’s definitely on my list of favourite films of all time.

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  • Tracks:

Tracks is an intense movie (based on a book) about a young woman who embarks on a 1700-mile trek download (3)across Western Australia with four camels and a dog. It not only brings out the best part about long treks but also introduces you to the reality of trekking across the desert, which is nowhere as easy as it may sound. The movie stays true to reality and is based on the life story of Robyn Davidson and her bravery.

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  • Wild:

There are different kinds of people who have different reasons for travelling. During my travels, I have met a lot of people who travel to recover from some form of personal tragedy. Wild is based on this concept. A young girl takes on an 1100-mile trek on her own, hoping that the experience will help her recover from her tragedy. Movies about hikes are always intense and this one will surely scare you if you are used high-budget travelling.

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  • Into the Wild:

A recently graduated young man donates all of his money to charity and decides to hike to Alaska and go live in the wilderness. The movie is a classic case of what everybody dreams of, but can rarely pull this off. The movie is based a book and the book is based on a true story. Christopher McCandless did what only a few people in this world have the heart and strength to do. He died out there in the wilderness. His last photo along with his personal diary was found in an abandoned van where he was living. This story is his legacy and has a lot to teach all of us.

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