Inspiring Movies About Travel (part 1)

It’s cold outside, everything seems gray and dull, and the summer is still quite far away. If you don’t have any ideas for a trip or holiday, now is the best time to plan them. Make yourself some hot tea (or have some wine), cuddle up under a blanket, and have a nice evening with one of these movies. Warning: they might make you want to buy plane tickets or book entire holidays immediately!

Wild

This movie with Reese Witherspoon in the main role follows Cheryl Strayed, a woman who walked 1770 km in order to find herself. It motivates women from all over to the world to try and solve all their life’s problems by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which is 4279 km long and spans from Mexico’s border all the way to Canada’s border. The movie captivated not only audiences but also critics. It’s based on a true story and Cheryl has also written a book about her adventure. The book is titled ‘Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found’.

The Darjeeling Limited

Is there a better place to look for answers than India, one of the most spiritual countries in the world? The Darjeeling Limited tells the story of three brothers – Francis, Peter, and Jack. One year after the death of their father, the three meet in India. Each of them has his own problems and dilemmas. Their father died, their mother left them years ago, and Francis has recently survived a motorcycle accident. Francis is also the one who organizes a trip for the three across India, in order to find their long-lost mother, who has become a monk in a Himalayan monastery. The journey of three brothers is filled with arguments, humor, but it helps them gain a deeper understanding of themselves.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Let’s return to Europe. Barcelona is a beautiful city. The sun, the sea, sangria, tapas, and plane tickets directly from Bratislava. What more could you want? This movie by Woody Allen probably won’t help you find the meaning of life or offer you a manual for getting your life back on track. Actually, it might do the exact opposite. One thing we can say for sure is that you’ll enjoy every moment of it. Men will have a good time watching Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, and Penelope Cruz while Javier Bardem is there for the ladies. This romantic movie has gained several international awards. It revolves around many humorous situations and a love triangle that you won’t soon forget.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

This adventure movie, starring Ben Stiller, will take you to Iceland. The plot revolves around Walter Mitty who is looking for a mysterious photographer, O’Connell. The movie offers adventure, mystery, love, and incredibly beautiful shots of the island state of Iceland. Of course, it’s an American movie, so you can also expect a heartfelt lesson at the end of it.

Midnight in Paris

Paris is ideal for artists and romantic souls. Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter who feels that his job doesn’t satisfy him as much as it used to. Instead, he dreams of a career as a book author. He’s on a holiday in Paris with his fiancée and her rich conservative parents. The plot thickens, however, when Gil gets drunk and ends up in the past. In the 1920s, to be exact. The time-travel element is in conflict with the problems he faces in the present. The movie carries with it the underlying feeling that the best times have already passed us by. It leaves a lasting impression thanks to the plot, the gorgeous scenery of Paris, and the small hints that we were born in a time that may not be the best for us.

Into the Wild

Do you sometimes get the feeling that society is rotten to the core and you’d just love to run away to the wilderness and never return? One day, Christopher McCandless donates all of his money to charity and simply took off on a trip across North America all the way to Alaska. The movie is based on a true story which was first documented in a book by John Krakauer, who found McCandless’ story interesting and decide to write about it.

After finishing the movie, the audience is usually split into two groups. One group is angry as McCandless and doesn’t understand how he could have acted in such a selfish way, while the other group understands him entirely. Whichever group you find yourself in, the movie will most certainly make you think. It also offers a view of the beautiful North American landscapes, accompanied by Eddie Vedder’s music.

Eat Pray Love

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the book Eat, Pray, Love, should probably get an award just for increasing the tourism in Italy, India, and Indonesia. How many women have been inspired by her book to try and solve their troubles by visiting India or by trying some authentic Italian pasta? You’d be surprised, but the book together with a movie of the same name, starring Julia Roberts, have started a craze all around the world. Who knows? Maybe the movie will impress you enough to make you want to look at some plane tickets to Bali.

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