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
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
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.
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.
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?