Travel Lessons from Some of the Best Known Movies Ever

By Neha Kapoor on Jan 08, 2019
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From lessons on life to that of travel, there are movies have always inspired us and sent across some beautiful messages to be remembered throughout our lives. These movies have been the narratives of lives, of experiences and of travel-not just from one place to another but also in terms of learning. If, on the one hand, Hollywood has inspired us to travel through its backdrops of spectacular beaches, locations, islands and countries, it has also delivered certain significant messages, ranging from quirky to philosophical, to us. Let us look at some of the well known Hollywood movies and the travel lessons that they have imparted:

1. Mona Lisa Smile - Not all those who wander are aimless

I shall start with my favourite movie. Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile is about a wandering Professor who instils the notions of feminism and liberty through her lectures to her conventionally raised students. Although this movie is much more than just being a travel narrative, it does impart its one of the most liberated messages-"Not All Those who wander are lost, especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image."

2. The Beach - Protect the nature and its paradise

The suave Richard(Leonardo di Caprio)decides to find the paradise and in this process of his search, the movie states an important idea- the need to protect the nature and its paradise. After this movie, Phi Phi’s tourism actually tripled itself from its prior numbers!

3. Under the Tuscan Sun - Explore the Tuscan life

I think divorce has inspired many women to take up that travel! This movie is a perfect recipe for women to achieve the ideal state of mind- leave the cosmo world, take up a villa in Italy and take up your hobbies.

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4. Into the Wild - Come out of the comfort Zone

Christopher McCandless decides to leave his life of comfort and financial security and embarks over a journey into the wilderness. This is indeed one of the messages that you will see travellers quoting that in order to find something unique, you need to come out of your comfort zone. Travel actually begins where comfort ends.

5. Before Sunrise - Talk to Unknown

One of the biggest advantages of travel is that you get to meet a lot of new people. So what happens in this movie- the two strangers meet and decide to get down at Vienna and explore the city. While the whole movie is centred on a series of conversations between the two, it does state an important lesson that one should take chances and interact.

6. Eat, Pray and Love - Travel as the ultimate therapist

Sometimes the outer journey can be the best form of inner journey. And this is what the movie Eat, Pray and Love defines. After a divorce, Elizabeth Gilbert finds travelling to Italy, India and Bali as the ultimate form of therapy. It is through travel that the protagonist adds a new dimension to her life. 

7. Titanic - Never be Overconfident when it comes to travelling means

While the movie is more about a tragic loss of lives, it also makes an important point i.e not to be overconfident when it comes to any man made vehicle. One of the scenes in the movie states a dialogue between the engineer of the ship and Kate Winslet. When she asks why there are just a few life saving boats in the ship, he says that its because that Titanic cannot sink. Whew! Can we be so overconfident?

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8. Outsourced - Be one with the Local customs

When Todd Hamilton, the protagonist is forced to visit India for his job, he is annoyed and uncomfortable. However, a series of interactions, events and festivals such as Holi, allow him to get one with the local culture and ways of living. And isn’t it what the travellers keep on repeating? In Rome, do as the Romans do.

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9. Brokedown Palace - Be cautious with your luggage

This is one of the movies that will make you aware of travel scams. While the two friends, Alice and Darlene, are travelling to Thailand, they meet Nick, a charming Aussie who sells them on the idea of traveling to Hong Kong with him. But things go awry at the airport when the girls are caught smuggling illegal substances in their luggage. Having been duped by Nick, the girls are sentenced to 33 years in a Thai prison.

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10. Lost in Translation - Have Fresh Perspective to Look at the Other Culture

Bob Harris arrives in Tokyo and thinks he can’t be understood. However, the movie delineates how easily you can become one with the other culture, provided you have the art of translating your emotions.

11. Avatar - You always don’t travel to places, you can travel through time and mind as well

Sometimes, we travel not just to the different locations of the world. God has gifted us imagination as a powerful craft to travel in mind and time to a place where we can be heroes!

12. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Not all Hotels that glitter are Gold

The movie centres on a group of British retirees who decide to experience the less expensive and seemingly exotic India.  Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace not even half as beautiful as it is portrayed. But then the travel makes them experience well!

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13. Roman Holiday - Find Love at Distant Places

Its as if Italy has decided to be the ultimate destination for love in the world. The movie revolves around the bored princess who escapes from her guardians and falls in love with an American news reporter in Rome. Who would not like such a romantic Holiday?

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14. 127 Hours - Prepare yourself well for travel

Aron Ralston, a mountain climber, is on a hiking adventure in Utah when he gets trapped in a canyon. Soon, he takes desperate measures to survive and struggles for 127 hours before he is rescued. Thus the movie asks us to plan well for our excursions, prepare for the unexpected while you are travelling and pack for emergencies.

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15. 7 Years in Tibet - Travel for spiritual healing


In "7 Years in Tibet," Brad Pitt plays an Austrian explorer who befriended the Dalai Lama as China was taking over Tibet. It's a true story, and some of the scenes in the movie were actually filmed in Tibet. Other shooting locations include Argentina, Canada, Austria, Chile, and England.

Which other movie has inspired you with a travel lesson? Let us know.

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