I previously wrote a list of songs and books to awaken your wanderlust, but we all love a good movie. And what traveller doesn’t love a film that will inspire them to go on another adventure? Whether it’s hiking through mountains, driving across an entire country, or falling in love in a new city. Here are a few of my favourites to awaken your wanderlust, just don’t forget the popcorn.
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…will make you want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.
Inspiring quote: “This has the power to fill you up again if you’ll let it.”
…will make you want to run away to Thailand.
Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss – excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.
Inspiring quote: “I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for, ’cause it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something, and if you find that moment… it lasts forever…”
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
…will make you want to visit India.
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Inspiring quote: “Can there be anywhere else in the world that is such an assault on the senses? Those who know the country of old just go about their business. But nothing can prepare the uninitiated for this riot of noise and colour. For the heat, the motion; the perpetual teeming crowds.”
The Bucket List
…will make you want to road trip America.
Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.
Inspiring quote: “Even now I cannot understand the measure of a life, but I can tell you this. I know that when he died, his eyes were closed and his heart was open. And I’m pretty sure he was happy with his final resting place, because he was buried on the mountain. And that was against the law.”
Into The Wild
…will make you want to explore Alaska.
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Inspiring quote: “The freedom and simple beauty is too good to pass up…”
Eat Pray Love
…will make you want to eat in Italy, pray in India and fall in love in Bali.
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to find herself.
Inspiring quote: “I wanna go someplace where l can marvel at something. Language, gelato, spaghetti, something.”
…will make you want to sing and dance your way to Greece.
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular ’70s group ABBA.
Inspiring quote: “We danced on the beach, and we kissed on the beach, and… dot, dot, dot.”
…will make you want to road trip across Canada.
Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto, Ontario to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.
Inspiring quote: “Not saving for retirement has it’s advantages.”
Under the Tuscan Sun
…will make you want to move to Italy.
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.
Inspiring quote: “Never lose your childish innocence. It’s the most important thing.”
Around the World in 80 Days
…will make you want to see the world on a ridiculous adventure.
To win a bet an eccentric British inventor, beside his Chinese valet and an aspiring French artist, embarks on a trip full of adventures and dangers around the world in exactly 80 days.
Inspiring quote: “This is what happens when you leave home. You meet people.”
Are there any movies you’ve seen that inspire you to travel? Please let me know in the comments below! Feel free to leave your favourite quote too, and I can add it to the list.