The Best Travel Movies to Keep You Inspired from Home
There are tons of great travel movies out there. Everyone has their favorites, so we thought we would share ours. Take a look, give them a watch, and let us know what you think. We also want to know what movies we left off our list!
The Art of Travel
The Art of Travel is the story of Conner, who experiences a major life change and uses it as a catalyst for traveling the world. It is a top pick because it is not a blockbuster, but its simple story captures what it means to fall in love with traveling.
Quote from Conner: "Mastering the art of travel is not accomplished with practice or talent. No school will give you a bachelors degree in not getting shot while backpacking through eastern Africa. Or in avoiding Montezuma's revenge on your trek through Mexico. It's a way of life. Unknown to the majority, it's almost impossible to convey to your friends back home over the course of a single conversation. It's more of a feeling, it's the excitement I experience the night before a trip. The high that comes with booking a one-way train ticket to a place I've never heard of. It's the little things that so often go unnoticed. I used to think back to my wedding day and I wonder, how did I get here? Why me? And then I remember all that I've seen and done, the friends I've made, the countries I've called home, and all the bugs I've eaten by accident."
The Darjeeling Limited
It is hard to pick just one Wes Anderson film that is both great and inspires you to travel. But if you must pick just one, The Darjeeling Limited is a great choice. The story revolves around three brother who take a train across india to bond a year after the death of their father.
Quote from Peter (Adrien Brody): "I love the way this country smells. I'll never forget it. It's kind of spicy."
Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
The Indiana Jones stories really do not require an introduction. Every kid grew up pretending to be the brave, daring, and remarkably intelligent Indiana Jones, with his hat and whip. This collection will leave you wanting to discover long lost treasure, defeat the bad guys, and win the affection of a beautiful woman (..or man).
Midnight in Paris
Woody Allen masterfully depicts some of the greatest modern artists to ever create all while telling a simple love and personal growth story. Midnight in Paris tells the story of Gil (Owen Wilson) who is struggling with his writing and pending marriage. He mysteriously travels back and forth in time engaging with the likes of Mark Twain, the Fitzgerald's, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and many more. Not only will this story leave you wanting to explore Paris at night in the rain, it reminds you of the rich, romantic history of the city and offers a unique glimpse at your favorite artists.
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries is the cinematic depiction of the formative motorcycle journey that Ernesto 'Che' Guevara went on with his friend Alberto Granado. They pack up, say goodbye to their loved ones, and head north through South America on their beat up Norton motorcycle. They recorded their journey in a journal published as the Motorcycle Diaries. The movie inspires meaningful travel with close friends and sheds light on the early years of a classic historical figure.
Quote from Ernesto Guevara: "Wandering around our America has changed me more than I thought. I am not me any more. At least I'm not the same me I was."
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an epically beautiful movie that emphasizes the power of stepping out of your daydreams and into real adventure. The storyline revolves around Walter Mitty, a daydreaming employee of Life Magazine. When the magazine announces that it is going digital and everything they have known is changing, Walter's life is shaken up in pursuit of the final cover image.
Life Magazine's Motto: "To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life."
The Way is a fantastic story about a father walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain to spread his son's ashes along the way. The story deals with personal priorities, the father/son struggle, friends, loss, mourning, and healing. Not to mention you will have to walk the Camino after watching this film.
Quote from Daniel: "You don't choose a life, dad. You live one."
Up in the Air
Up in the Air is a sad but funny story of living in transit and trying to connect along the way. The movie is really well made, and captures the mystique of a professional life of luxury and travel shortly before pulling back the facade and revealing the true struggles of a transient, disconnected life.