With all of the various types of travel inspiration out in the blogosphere I wanted to share some of my favorite movies that have inspired me to travel. These ten movies are guaranteed to get you itching to plan your next trip to a far off place.
1. Eat, Pray, Love
Why not start off with a great travel film that has inspired so many travelers and travel writers out there. This movie is probably the progenitor of my travel fever. Who doesn’t dream of learning a little Italian and ordering pizza in Rome or spending time soul searching in India?
2. Julie & Julia
Not only will this movie inspire you to cook up some new recipes, but it will get you itching to see new sights. Maybe even get you taking a cooking class on your next vacation in a foreign country. This movie had inspired me not only to travel, but to write a blog about our travels.
3. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
“In a way it scared me, having a summer of experiences and feelings that belonged to me alone. What happened in front of my friends felt real. What happened to me by myself felt partly dreamed, partly imagined, definitely shifted and warped by own fears and wants. And who knows? Maybe there is more truth in how you feel than in what actually happens.” ― Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
I read all the books years ago and loved them. I must have seen this and the sequel a hundred times. I’m a girl so I’m probably a little biased about this movie, but the shots of Greece just got me wanting to see the Mediterranean!
4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
“I’ve got a wonderful idea! We could spend the whole day doing things we’ve never done before.” – Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
I love Audrey Hepburn! I must have seen all of her movies a million times. Every time I watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s I want to head to New York City.
5. Roman Holiday
Reporter: Which of the cities visited did Your Highness enjoy the most? Princess Ann: Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to – Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live. – Roman Holiday
Since we are on the topic of Audrey and, again, I love her movies, here is one that will get you itching to go to Rome. The city has an ancient magic feel that will make you want to be an archeologist.
6. Notting Hill
“So the entire British press got up this morning and said, “I know where Anna Scott is, she’s in that house with the blue door, in Notting Hill.” – Anna Scott, Notting Hill
I have a problem, you see. I’ve been to the great city of London a handful of times and I have yet to go to Notting Hill! I know I’ll get there one day and my inspiration to get to the city in the first place comes from way back when I had first seen this movie in middle school.
7. The Holiday
“You know what I was thinking? When you get back to London, maybe we could sneak off somewhere together. Maybe Venice. You and me in Venice could be good.” – Jasper, The Holiday
It’s romance, it’s comedy, and it’s about making friends in new places. Perfect.
“Adventure is out there!” – Ellie, Up
Okay so this one is a cartoon and the method of transportation can’t actually be done in real life…I don’t think? But there is a Paradise Falls except that it is actually called Angel Falls and was the inspiration for the movie.
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9. Sex and the City 2
“I always been fascinated by the Middle East. You know, desert moons, magic carpets.” – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City 2
While the show itself will make you want to spend some time in New York City, the second movie will get you wanting to travel to Abu Dhabi. I hear they have gold vending machines out there.
10. Seven Years in Tibet
“Wherever I live, I shall feel homesick for Tibet. I often think I can still hear the cries of wild geese and cranes and the beating of their wings as they fly over Lhasa in the clear, cold moonlight. My heartfelt wish is that my story may create some understanding for a people whose will to live in peace and freedom has won so little sympathy from an indifferent world.” ― Heinrich Harrer, Seven Years In Tibet
I watched this movie as an assignment for my World Religions class in college. Never have I been forced to watch a movie that I instantly fell in love with before. This is my list of travel movies, what’s on yours? Let me know in the comments below.