Movies That Have Inspired Us To Travel

By Isha Jalan on Aug 14, 2015
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Everyone loves binging on movies! They take you away from the humdrum of reality for just a few hours to a fantastical world where, if the movie is interesting enough, you so thoroughly invest in the lives of fictional characters and their hopes and dreams. But some movies dont just do that; they inspire you to travel too. Movies have always been a way to inspire wanderlust in viewers and there are some engaging films that get it so right. Here are the movies you should see if you want to revive your wanderlust and add some lovely travel destinations to your bucket list:

1. The Motorcycle Diaries: South America

A movie that chronicles the journey of two men (Earnesto Che Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado) as they travel from Brazil to Peru by motorcycle, the Motorcycle Diaries is a must watch if youre young, idealistic and feel like taking a life-changing trip into the heart of Latin America.

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2. Lost in Translation: Japan

Two strangers meet in a foreign land to form an unlikely friendship. Starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, Lost in Translation is set in Tokyo, Japan. When youre travelling far from home in foreign lands, getting lost in translation is a pretty common experience. This movie will not just inspire you to travel to Japan, but encourage you to discover new cultures and get out of your comfort zone.

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3. The Lord of the Rings series: New Zealand

Based on a novel by JRR Tolkien, this movie series is bound to inspire wanderlust in anyone who watches! The trilogy was filmed in New Zealand, and although you wont find any hobbits, dwarves, wizards or giant eagles on the way, you are sure to find yourself awed by the epic scenery that served as the location for Middle Earth.

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4. Roman Holiday: Rome

This classic, romantic black and white film from the 1950s captures the essence of one of the most beautiful cities on earth: Rome! Bonus: its got the wonderfully charming Audrey Hepburn playing the lead. Its a must-watch for all the romantics at heart. Are you ready for your own Roman holiday? Here are the best things to do in Rome.

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5. Dil Chahta Hai: Goa

A Hindi movie that chronicles the ups and downs of the lives of three close friends, Dil Chahta Hai and its cinematic excellence was a game-changer for Bollywood. No other movie will inspire you to go on a road trip to Goa with your friends more than this one. Its time to pack those bags and rekindle those friendships!

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6. Amlie: Paris

This movie is a French comedy about a woman who discreetly orchestrates the lives of people around her to make them happy while on her own journey to find love. Le fabuleux destin d'Amlie Poulain captures the intrinsic beauty and magnificence of Paris. Maybe it will inspire you to find love and fulfilment on its streets too!

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7. Into the Wild: Alaska

Watch as Christopher McCandless gives up everything to set out on a journey into the Alaskan wilderness. This ones for those who are nature lovers seeking adventure and thrill. And lets face it: Alaska may just be one of the most picturesque settings to find yourself in!

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Watch these movies and add a few more places to your ever-growing bucket list. Sit back with some popcorn while these films awaken your wanderlust and inspire you to see more. Travel away, dear readers!

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