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64 Movies About Travel: Best Travel Films to Inspire Wanderlust

Do you have a particular travel movie that moved you so much and urge you to hit the road? Movies about travel that will make you want to travel and inspire the wanderlust in you?

From inspiring backpacking movies, movies like Under the Tuscan Sun, or movies like Wild that can inspire a road trip and can make us want to go out and explore the world. As such, they’ve inspired many of us to live out our dreams to travel and go on our own adventures.

So without further ado, here’s my ultimate list of 64  travel movies and films I’ve compiled from all the best travel films listed all over the web   just for you my dear readers and friends.

Movies like Under the Tuscan Sun

That will give you breathtaking views of  Tuscany, Italy. Have you ever traveled to a place and liked it so much you wanted to live there forever? Well, for Frances Mayes (Diane Lane), that is exactly what happens. While on a 10-day trip to Tuscany, Frances impulsively purchases an abandoned villa. This movie is filled with humor, romance, and plenty of gorgeous vistas of Tuscany. This movie will have you packing your bags for Italy.

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: Italy

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Into the Wild

One of my favorite movies about travel! Based on a true story, this film takes after Christopher McCandless as he tries to connect with real life and nature. After graduation, Christopher sets out on a road trip through the USA before winding up in Alaska. It reminds us that we all could simplify our lives and that travel is not about what we carry with us but about what we carry inside.

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: USA, Alaska

3 Travel Films: Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: Europe

Regarded as one of the most significant films of the 90s, and starring a young Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the film tells the story of an American travelling by train around Europe, and a French girl travelling home from Budapest. After striking a conversation on the train and having an instant chemistry, they decide to get off together in Vienna. The couple establish an intense intimacy, share stories, opinions jokes and discover love, all surrounded by backlit buildings, racing against time before sunrise. This is one travel film classic!

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The Bucket List

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: France, India, China, etc.

An all time best travel movie with a message to live life to the fullest, the Bucket List is a tearjerker, and more importantly, a heart-warming film that will inspire you to do all the things that you want to do before you kick the bucket, including traveling. To me, the film also reminds us that life is too short, and we should enjoy it to the fullest.

Tracks (2013)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: West Australia

This travel movie talks of a young woman who goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog. More amazing is that it is a travel film based on a true story.

The Lover (1992)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: Vietnam

Another classic movie about traveling set in Vietnam! The heroes are a Vietnamese man and a French school young lady, who start a relationship together in Saigon. It’s an exquisite, air film, despite the fact that it’s more character-centered than anything.

Movies like Wild…

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Out of Africa (1985)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: Kenya and the UK

If you want another Meryl Streep travel film that is often considered one of the best travel movies, you should try Out of Africa. Ok, I know it’s an old one, but it definitely deserves a place in the all time favourite travel movies list. Filmed in Kenya and the UK, this classic that has won 7 Oscars and countless other prizes will definitely get you dreaming of Africa. It’s one of those movies that you can watch again and again.

The Hundred Foot Journey (2014)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: France, India

Here’s another one of my all time best favorite travel movie, the Hundred-Foot Journey is a feel-good movie that takes place in what just might be the most picturesque village in all of France with scenic locations of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val and the equally enthralling shots of Indian and French cuisine. This travel movie will  show you that indeed “Life has its own flavor.”

Wild (2014)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: Pacific Northwest in the U.S

Based on a true story of a young lady who sets on a voyage of over a thousand miles with a couple of sick fitting hiking boots and a huge backpack planning to recuperate after the passing of her mom. Wild is full of beautiful scenes throughout the Pacific Northwest in the U.S, a travel movie that will surely make you want to travel!

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In Bruges (2008)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: Belgium

This is awesome in light of the fact that many people never have motivation to travel to Bruges, despite the fact that it’s an amazing and noteworthy city. As Brendan Gleeson took in the history and read the guidebooks admiring the city, Colin Farrell just kept talking about how much he hated Bruges, which made me love it more.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: Iceland, Himalaya and Afghanistan

This is a carefree story for a travel movie night with friends. This movie about traveling includes not your ordinary travel destinations. Many of the scenes (even the ones from Himalaya and Afghanistan) are shot in Iceland. The incredible undertakings of Walter Mitty will leave you yearning for an extraordinary adventure of your own.

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On The Road (2012)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: United States

A youthful author with two companions sets off by stolen autos visiting the United States looking for freedom and insane undertakings. Difficulty, misfortune, and liberality drive the lust to wander in this travel film adaption of the original Kerouac novel. As with all movies about travel, it’ll never satisfy everyone. But it does expose how a life where you need to travel is … just … messy sometimes.

Up in the Air (2009)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: United States

George Clooney stars as Ryan, organizations contract him to fly all across the country to inform strangers they’ve lost their job. An obsessive frequent flyer, he’s going to achieve his objective of getting a million miles. This travel movie gives you a glance into corporate America and the domestic airports that shuttle workers around the country is in. An emotionally deft movie about travel that will give you one hilarious look at life on the road.

 

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The Beach (2000)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: Thailand

This travel movie follows Leonardo DiCaprio (before he had a dadbod :D) in the gorgeous crystal clear waters of Ko Phi Phi Lee, Thailand. Those beaches, those parties, those people. It appeared to be superb. Backpackers in Asia are always reading the book, and the travel film plays in all the guesthouses. It says something about our hopes for the road: we want to find our own idyllic, romantic paradise. The one we all think won’t be destroyed, but will. It is a great reflection on the hopes and realities of travel.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: Paris, France

There have been a lot of travel movies shot in Paris, however not very many can nail it like Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Owen Wilson strolling around Paris moves to another world. In the same way as other travelers in the City of Light, he backtracks the means of Parisian creatives past, drinking coffee in the same places they once did—until, late one night, an auto of these extremely symbols shows up, clearing him back so as to a night of celebration among the literati of the 1920s. Sure it’s time travel, but past or present, Paris always enchants.

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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: California, USA

Lovely, cute, inappropriate and hilarious, Little Miss Sunshine tells the story of a dysfunctional family that went on an unusually blissful and funny road trip to California, to fulfill the dream of their sweet little girl.

The Rum Diary (2011)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

This movie about travel tells the increasingly unhinged story of journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) as he travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico. It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: United Kingdom

Confronting widowhood, and the realities of aging, a group of British retirees travel to India to move in what they thought is a newly restored hotel. And find it to be not exactly what they expected, they get a great cultural lesson and immersion experience. It just goes to show you what expectations can do, and how much fun you can have when you have a great group of people.

Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.

Eat Pray Love (2010)

Where this Travel Movie Takes you: New York City (United States), Rome and Naples (Italy), Delhi and Pataudi (India), Ubud and Padang-Padang Beach at Bali (Indonesia)

The book-turned-travel film motion picture Eat Pray Love, since its release has been moving people to travel, and look for a life or profession outside the huge humming cities. Yet another travel movie of the genuine story and diary by Liz Gilbert, Julia Roberts plays her and outwardly takes us through her transformational journey to self-disclosure through eating in Italy, praying in India and loving in Bali. A travel movie for all senses.

Have you seen these movies? Which travel films here are your favorite of all time?

Did we miss anything? And if you have any movies about traveling that were not mentioned, feel free to leave a comment and let me know.Cheers!