15 Best Movies About Travel

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These are some of the best movies about travel you can watch to inspire your wanderlust! I’ve seen all of them and some multiple times over as they’re so good.

The travel movies cover all genres of travel so you should find a movie to your taste.

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Into The Wild

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Into The Wild is about the adventurous but short life of Christopher McCandless who gives away all his worldly possessions and heads out to travel across the US to Alaska where he will live in the wild. It’s based on a true story.

I spent several weeks travelling in Alaska and the wilderness there is out of this world. However, the one thing I didn’t like in this movie was how unprepared he really was for the wilderness.

Wild

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Wild is one of the best movies about backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail in the US and is based on a true story.

It follows the story of Cheryl Strayed who is a divorced woman, looking to escape and find herself, so to speak.

She sets out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and meets many other hikers, learning about life on the journey.

Spiritual and adventurous, it’s a must-watch for any avid hiker.

The Darjeeling Limited

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This one is funny and existential. The Darjeeling Limited follows 3 brothers who don’t get along so great as they travel across part of India onboard the train called (you guessed it) The Darjeeling Limited.

Their eventual mission is to find their mother who has mysteriously disappeared to a convent in the middle of nowhere.

The real entertainment is the culture shock the brothers have in India and their humorous events along their journey.

The Way

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Great hiking movie and emotional at the same time. The Way follows a father as he hikes the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain when he finds out his son has died there.

The beautiful scenery and the stories amongst the other hikers and the emotional reflections make this a great hiking movie.

The Motorcycle Diaries

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Che Guevara’s journey as a young man through South America is a true tale in the Motorcycle Diaries.

The journey and what he sees and experiences changed him.

It’s taken from Guevara’s own diary as a 23 year old on the trip. Watch this one if you’re interested in South America travel.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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My favourite travel comedy. It follows the misadventures of two very different personalities who somehow find themselves together trying to get back home in Chicago after their flight is diverted due to bad weather.

As the title suggests they end up using all modes of transport to try and reach home and the chemistry between the two is hilarious as they are both so different from one another.

Seven Years in Tibet

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Adventure, if you can call it that, in the Himalayan Mountains. Seven Years in Tibet is about the true story of Heinrich Harrer a famed Austrian mountain climber who ends up in a British prison camp during WWII before escaping with the plan to trek across the Himalayas into the safety of non-British Tibet.

The task is hard but after they make it across life gets stranger as they enter a land that few westerners have seen.

Tracks

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Tracks is about the epic adventure by across the Australian desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean with only four camels and her dog.

She goes by herself in search of solitude. The ultimate get away from everything movie.

Lost in Translation

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Interested in Japan? Lost in Translation will be funny and interesting for you then as it shows the culture shock you will experience when first going there.

I’ve spent several months travelling in Japan and have watched many movies about Japan and this one is one of my favourites.

It follows two strangers from the US who accidently meet in Tokyo and proceed to have their own adventures together there.

Amelie

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If you love Paris then you must watch Amelie. It’s a funny movie following the life of an introvert called Amelie, who is a waitress at a cafe in Paris who decides her mission is to try and make other people happy.

In her quest to do so hilarious events happen. But will she find happiness herself?

Easy Rider

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Classic! Easy Rider is one of the ultimate motorbike road trip movies.

It’s about two hippies who set out on a motorbike trip across the US in search of spirituality and truth in modern America.

Drugs, bigotry, crazy times are all in this movie. Plus it’s got a young Jack Nicholson playing a role!

On The Road (2012)

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Jack Kerouic’s book ‘On The Road’ is a classic in beatnik literature of the 50s’ and the On The Road movie is a decent enough adaptation of the book.

Although as I always say if you’ve read the book then the movie will most likely not be as good as you think.

Indiana Jones Movies

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For the ultimate in adventure travel movies you can’t beat Indiana Jones!

There are 4 movies in total with the 1st, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and 3rd, The Last Crusade, respectively being the best of the bunch.

The Lost City of Z (2016)

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Adventure in the jungle of Brazil. It follows the British explorer Colonel Percival Fawcett as he navigates up a river in the Brazilian rainforest in search of what he believes to be a lost city. The Lost City of Z.

It’s based on a true story.

Roman Holiday (1953)

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Roman Holiday is an old travel movie but a good one still, especially if you’re visiting Italy and want to watch a movie set in Rome to get you inspired.

A princess comes to visit Rome and is bored as she is watched over by her guardians. She manages to escape and falls for an American journalist who works in Rome who then shows her around the city.

It stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Enough said!


Movies About Travel

So those are my personal best movies about travel of all time!

Of course there will be a few travel movies that you may love and have been missed here but then you should know about them already!

One movie I did leave out of the list that has been popular in backpacking circles, especially in southeast Asia, is The Beach. The main reason is that I read the book back in 1998 on my first trip to Thailand and the book is excellent, a classic, but the movie doesn’t live up to the book at all.

Disclaimer: I own none of the rights to the images in this post. They are used in fair usage terms to discuss the movies.

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