7 Ultimate Travel Movies

Movies have always been a great way for people to escape from their ordinary, seemingly boring lives if only for 2 hours max. As a movie fan myself, I want to share the ultimate travel movies that will inspire anyone to pack up their bags, grab their passports and ahead straight for the airport.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Location: China

Bored of his dull life, quirky psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) goes on a journey to find the secret of happiness. Hector journals of his adventure, making great notes on finding happiness & how to avoid unhappiness.  I loved the journalling parts of this film because its something we all do to hold on to our travel memories & lessons.

 

Letters to Juliet 

Location: Italy

On vacation in Italy, journalist Sophie meets a group of volunteers – ‘Secretaries of Juliet’ – who respond to letters about love. So when Sophie answers a letter dated back in 1957, she goes on a journey with the author & her grandson across Italy in search of a long-lost love.

 

Up in the Air

Location: Miami, Las Vegas, Detroit (USA)

Based on a book of the same title, Up in the Air follows the corporate life of Ryan (Goerge Clooney) as he lives out of his suitcase, travelling all over America firing people on-behalf of the employers. When he meets a fellow frequent flyer & potential love interest, Ryan starts to have second thoughts about his lifestyle.

 

Leap Year

Location: Ireland

Anna Brady (Amy Adams) plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose to her boyfriend Jeremy on leap year, in accordance to Irish tradition that a man who receive a marriage proposal on leap year must accept it. A few days before Feb 29th, Anna gets stranded in Dingle, a small port town in Ireland. So in comes the very handsome Declan (Matthew Goode) who agrees to drive Anna across the lush stunning landscape of Ireland to Dublin.

 

Eat. Pray. Love

Location: Italy, India, Bali

Every traveller knows about Eat, Pray, Love based on Liz Gilbert best-selling true story. Liz (Julia Roberts) realizes how unhappy she is in her relationships & life and decides to leave New York going on a yearlong journey – travelling to Italy, India & Bali – for good food, meditation & self-discovery.

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Location: Greenland, Iceland

This film is the bases for my travel obsession with Iceland. When his job & the job of his co-worker are threatened, Walter (Ben Stiller) embarks on a journey to Greenland and Iceland to track down a mysterious photographer that begins extraordinary adventure.

 

 

Wild 

Location: Pacific Crest Trail – California, Oregon, Washington (USA) & British Columbia (Canada)

After the death of her mother and the end of her marriage, Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) goes on a 1,100 mile hike alone on the Pacific Crest Trail on a journey of self-discovery and healing.

 

 

What are some of your favourite travel movies?

Why I Travel.

I most common question I get asked is “why do I travel so much?” More often than not I get asked this question by the older members of my family or older family friends. I consider it a generational thing because most of my cousins, friends or fellow travellers of the same age group or younger never ask me this and in some way, we don’t need to. In some way it feels like we kind of have this innate understanding of why we chose to travel. Maybe it’s a millennial thing. Maybe it’s the wanderlust gene. 

 

Escape to Malta

Malta 2016 was all about escape. I wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of London city work life and a small island of the Mediterranean was an affordable unknown destination to me. Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect and the was the start of a beautiful love affair with Malta.

Malta is made up of the main larger island, the sister island of Gozo and the smallest of the Maltese archipelago island of a Comino, famous for the Blue Lagoon. Many of the sea excursions head for Gozo and Comino, with water sports and sun bathing being on the top of the itinerary. If it’s culture and heritage you’re after then head to the capital city of Valletta. Declared the European capital of culture in 2012 and a UNESCO world heritage site, Valletta is home to the Grandmaster’s Palace, St John Co-Cathedral & the Upper Barrakka gardens and Saluting Battery. Here, over looking the Grand Harbour, you’ll find 8 sets of cannons that are fired every day at 12noon & 4pm as part of a ceremony.

Malta has also been used  a lot for film & television productions, most notably for the HBOs series Game of Thrones. For any GoT fan like myself, the silent city of Mdina is the place to go. You will notice that the entrance to the city is the very same one that was used in the scene when Catelyn arrives into King’s Landing back in season one. Many other recognisable locations like Littlefinger’s brothel & the red keep. For non-Game of Thrones fans, Mdina is a fascinating city with narrow streets you would happily get lost in & the most amazing views of the Maltese landscape.

Right in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, Malta is a happy place for food lovers worldwide, sourcing the tastiest fresh fish and meat. A must try is a pastizzi, a savoury pastry filled with either ricotta cheese or mushy peas. Being close to Sicily & mainland Italy, a lot of the Maltese desserts are influenced by the Italian culture. I made it my mission to sample everything. It’s the polite thing to do.

With great weather, friendliest people, delicious food and only three hours flight from London, Malta has a lot to offer.

Have you ever visited Malta?

Where to next? | Finding Travel Inspirations

I often find myself in the departure lounge after another amazing holiday watching air planes taking off and asking myself “where to next?” Even before getting on the air plane, i’m already dreaming of my next adventure. And especially when it’s a New Year (Hello 2018), wanderlust is even more strong.

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Christmas In London | The Best Places to Visit During Festive Season

Christmas in London always brings a smile to my face. The prospect of Christmas lights being installed on Oxford and Regent Streets, the dozen or so Christmas trees doted around London, and my favourite the release of festive drinks at coffee shops. Continue reading “Christmas In London | The Best Places to Visit During Festive Season”

A Perfect Day Trip to Canterbury, England

Canterbury was actually my first taste of freedom. This small town in the south of England full of old history and made famous by the book The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer was were I spent three years of my life at university. It wasn’t quite an escape to freedom as Canterbury is only 1 hour away by train or 1 hours 30 minutes by car from London. The cathedral city still close enough to London to make for the perfect day trip but also still far enough to get away from the hustle & bustle of a big town and out into the county dubbed the ‘Garden of England’. Continue reading “A Perfect Day Trip to Canterbury, England”

Edinburgh, Scotland

Autumn is well and truly upon us and there is only one place I wanted to be in to experience this wonderful season.

The Scottish capital of Edinburgh was different from what I imagined. I thought it would be like London, busy and modern. I was searching for autumn, for the crunchy yellow & red leaves, for crisp cold fresh air, for wild nature. Continue reading “Edinburgh, Scotland”