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Best Travel Movies to Fire Up Your Wanderlust

Best Travel Movies to Fire Up Your Wanderlust

Best travel movies to watch

Vacation time is here and you are stoked for your upcoming trip! Now is the time to get excited, inspired and ready to explore!

After a few hours of indulging in a few bags of popcorn combined with these sweet movies, you'll be more than ready for some serious travel. 

Here are the Top 10 Travel Movies You Need to Watch:



The Motorcycle Diaries is a true-to-life story based on the life of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, when he and his friend, Alberto Granado, traveled 800 miles from Brazil to Peru on a motorcycle. It’s quite an inspiring movie which may or may not have you wandering off to Latin America!

  1. INTO THE WILD (2007)

Another biographical film, Into the Wild tells the story of adventurer Christopher McCandless and his travels across North America, especially during his time in the Alaskan wilderness. This travel movie is so raw and real, and will surely get you in a travel mindset!


If you’re bored with your monotonous daily life and is searching for the right movie to get you to start wandering, then this movie is perfect for you. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is about a bored office worker who received the opportunity to travel the world in search for the perfect photo for his office’s publication. You’ll surely be inspired by his adventure!


Be warned: You will truly fall in love with Italy after watching this movie! Under the Tuscan Sun is about Frances, a San Francisco-based writer who impulsively moved and bought a home in Tuscany to remake her life. If you haven’t been to Tuscany, this movie will convince you to come visit!


There are lots of good travel movies out there, but this 1966 travel movie still gets us every time. It tells the story of Mike Hynson and Robert August, two Californian surfers who are determined to find the perfect wave. If you haven’t tried surfing, after you watch this movie, you just might!

  1. LION (2016)

One of the best Australian films of all time, Lion tells the story of Sheru and his quest to find his real family in India after being separated from them as a child. Not only inspiring, it will also move you to tears! Prepare your tissues! Our Creative Directions, Tali said this is one of her favorite movies ever.

  1. THE WAY (2010)

The Way features the Catholic Pilgrimage route of Carmino de Santiago in Galicia, Spain, and a father’s quest to honor his deceased son’s journey by joining the pilgrimage himself. It will teach you about life, regrets, and love, all while appreciating the beauty of Spain.

  1. THE BUCKET LIST (2007)

This movie was included in the Top Ten Films of 2007 and for a good reason! Starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, this movie is about two terminally-ill men crossing off all the things in their bucket list together before they die. Their trip took them to all parts of the world, and it will make you appreciate more of the beautiful things in life. A must-watch!

  1. THE BEACH (2000)

A whole movie in a beautiful island in Thailand with Leonardo DiCaprio as the main star? Yes please! This film is about an adventurer who discovered a secret community in one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands and his attempt to blend in with them. Touted as the film that sparked Thailand’s tourism, make sure to include this movie on your list!


If you want to relive your teenage years and get inspired to travel at the same time, this classic is a must. From Cabo San Lucas to British Columbia to Santorini, you’ll get a little taste of everything!

Still searching for more good travel films? Look no further! Aside from the Top 10 Must-Watch Movies, here’s a couple other travel films that might spark your interest:


Man wearing blue boardshorts cliff diving in deep water

  1. A Walk in the Woods (2015)

Friends Bill and Stephen attempt to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail despite their old age. Great movie!
  1. Touching The Void (2003)

This "docudrama" survival film tells the true story of mountain climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yate’s near-fatal experience of climbing Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes. Amazing scenery!


Romantic setup in clouds and fairy lights with a girl holding hands with partner

  1. Roman Holiday (1953)

Crown Princess Ann decides to explore Rome away from her usual rigid and scheduled life with the help of a reporter.
  1. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Best friends Vicky and Cristina decides to spend their summer in Barcelona, Spain, where they meet an artist named Juan. After that, their lives will never be the same.


 Man with a backup standing on top of a mountain

  1. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

Elizabeth Gilbert left everything behind in her past life and set out to travel the world in hopes of finding herself again.
  1. The Loneliest Planet (2011)

The newly engaged couple Alex and Nica decide to venture out on a backpacking trip through the Caucasus Mountains, only to discover something that might change the way they feel about each other altogether. 


Young girl with her head and right hand out of the car on a road trip

  1. Easy Rider (1969)

After smuggling cocaine from Mexico to L.A., hippie bikers Billy and Wyatt set their eyes on New Orleans as their next venture. 
  1. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

Clark Grisworld and his family embark on an epic road trip from their home in Chicago to Southern California in order to rekindle their ties as a family.


Man wearing beanie and jacket sitting on a top of a rock with a view full of clouds 

  1. The Darjeeling Limited (2007) 

After their father died, three brothers go on a trip to India to try and mend their bond with each other. 
  1. One Week (2008) 

Upon learning that he has cancer, English Teacher Ben Tyler decides to take a spontaneous road trip across Canada on his motorcycle.


Eiffel tower in Paris on a sunny day

  1. Midnight in Paris (2011)

Successful screenwriter Gil, while vacationing with fíance Inez in Paris, discovers a group of people who take him back in time in the 1920’s during Paris’ Jazz Age.
  1. March of the Penguins (2005) 

This National Geographic movie depicts what it feels like to be a penguin and how to live in one of the harshest environments on Earth. 


Medium haired girl traveling on a desert alone on a sunny day

  1. The Art of Travel (2008)

Connor Layne ditches his bride-to-be on their wedding day and remakes his life by going out of his comfort zone and traveling the world.
  1. Wild (2014)

Cheryl Strayed, a young woman who despite not having any backpacking experience, decides to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail in order to rediscover herself.


Pinned different traveled places around the world

  1. Samsara (2011) 

According to the official website, “Samsara explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of humanity's spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation."
  1. Mamma Mia! (2008) 

Mamma Mia! is filmed in some of the most beautiful islands in Greece, so even if it is not entirely a travel movie, the beautiful sceneries shown in the movie qualifies it to be on this list.


Beautiful colored houses in europe

  1.  EuroTrip (2004) 

In order to meet his German pen pal Mieke, American teenager Scotty decides to travel across Europe along with his friend Cooper, and siblings Jenny and Jamie.
  1. A Good Year (2006) 

An aggressive and unethical London banker has his life turned his upside down when he inherited his deceased uncle’s vineyard in Provence.


Couple laughing together outside on a sunny day

  1. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)

After inadvertently colliding paths, marketing executive Neal and curtain ring salesman Del share an epic adventure trying to get Neal home to Chicago from New York to be with his family.
  1. Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 

The Hoover Family embarks on an epic road trip from New Mexico to California in order to support their daughter in a beauty pageant.


Blonde haired girl out for traveling alone

  1. Hector and his Search for Happiness (2014) 

A psychiatrist ventures on an international quest to find joy and meaning in his life.
  1. Lost in Translation (2003) 

Two strangers develop an unlikely bond in Tokyo, Japan while searching for an escape from their dull lives.


Two romantic pigeons in front of Eiffel tower in Paris

  1. Letters to Juliet (2010) 

Sophie visits Verona, Italy with her fiancé and sets out to help an elderly woman find her long-lost love with the help of her grandson. Romantic, sweet, and for some a tear jerker! 
  1. Swept Away (2002)

While on a private cruise from Greece to Italy, a rich but arrogant woman was shipwrecked on an island along with the ship’s first mate.


Young girl with fairy lights smiling and dreaming 

  1. Amelie (2001) 

Amelie is a shy waitress who has decided to help all the people around her search for the things they most desire, in her own, quirky way. 
  1. Seeking a Friend For the End of the World (2012)

After hearing that an asteroid will destroy Earth in less than a month, Dodge, an insurance salesman, was dumped on the spot by his wife. He then went on a road trip with his neighbor to find his high school sweetheart.


Woman talking and smiling in front of camera while recording a documentary film

  1. A Map for Saturday (2007)

A Map for Saturday is a documentary made by documentary film producer Brook Silva-Braga about his travels around the world as a backpacker.
  1. Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013) 

This documentary shows what it's like to live in Antarctica, one of the harshest environments in the Earth.

There you go! These top travel movies are more than enough to get you off the couch, get that passport, and explore all the amazing sights the world has to offer. Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have in your life -- and it’s summer, so don’t pass up this perfect time!

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Happy Travels!


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