Movies That Will Inspire You To Travel

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There are many lists of movies on the internet that will inspire you to travel.
However this is my own list of movies that have inspired me for  various reasons. It will have few movies common to other lists, but I have come up with this list myself. It has movies from both Hollywood and Bollywood.

The main reason I like all these movies is that they all have one theme in common, aside from the rest of the story drama ,romance etc.. All these movies are about how the main character goes travelling to a new place and discovers something about themselves. They escape from their monotonous lives to find new adventures.

I’m not asking you to quit your job, sell your belongings and go on an adventure as not everyone can do that.People have other priorities too. All I’m saying is that find time to travel and take a break from your monotonous lives at least once a year or as often as possible.

I’ve listed a quote from few of the movies that inspired me and hope it can inspire you too.I have also put a video of the movie trailer , so do check it out.

Into the wild:

Places featured: Alaska, Western U.S.A

This movie is based on a book that tells a real life story of a guy named Christopher McCandless who gave away his college fund of $25,000 and began traveling across the Western United States. He hitchhiked to the Stampede Trail in Alaska. Basically he wanted to prove that you don’t need material things to gain happiness. He found his happiness by travelling with bare necessities and meeting new people. I won’t reveal what happens further as don’t want spoilers for those who have not read the book or watched the movie. The reason this is one of my favorite movies is because it shows how he discovered himself and also how he impacted total strangers lives while on this journey. If you haven’t read the book or watched the movie then I suggest you do so asap!!


Movie trailer:

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty :

Places featured: USA, Greenland, Iceland, and the Himalayas.

This movie is based on the life of a guy named Walter Mitty who lives an average life working at a job where he’s not too happy and dreams of an adventurous life.Sounds familiar doesn’t it.In order to save his job , he sets out on an adventure of his own.Along  his journey he becomes more confident and starts to turn his dreams into reality. 


Movie trailer:


Places featured: Pacific Crest Trail, The Mojave Desert, California and many places in Oregon, U.S.A

This movie is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. It tells the story of a recently divorced woman, who decides to start a new life by hiking along the 1100 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail. As she goes along her trek, she begins to discover herself. It’s really inspiring and Reese Witherspoon has acted brilliantly in this movie.

Movie trailer:

The Bucket List:

Places featured:  

  • Chevre d’or
  • Taj Mahal
  • Great Wall of China
  • Lion safari in Tanzania
  • Mt. Everest base camp in Nepal
  • Great Pyramid of Giza

This movie tells the story of how two terminally ill men decide to explore places on their bucket list  which comprises of all the things and places they haven’t tried or traveled to before. It has two great actors Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. The main message in this movie is that we shouldn’t wait till the last minute to fulfill our dreams. We should make use of every chance we get if we want to go travel and see a place.

Movie trailer:

Eat Pray Love:

Places featured: Rome and Naples (Italy), Delhi and Pataudi (India), Ubud and Padang-Padang Beach at Bali (Indonesia).

This movie is also based on a book by the same name which is a memoir of the author Elizabeth Gilbert , though I haven’t read it.

It tells the story of  how in spite of having everything in life like a house, a successful career etc. she seems lost  and confused and is not sure what she really wants in order to be happy in life. Post getting a divorce she decides to change her life by embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. On her journey she makes new friends and discovers the true pleasure of eating  food in Italy, the power of prayer and meditation in India, and inner peace and true love in Indonesia.


Movie trailer:

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Places featured: Pamplona & Valencia (Spain)

The name of this movie translates to ‘(you) won’t get a second life’. This movie is based on the story of three friends who live normal everyday lives with everyday problems. One of them is a workaholic, one of them is facing issues with his love life and one of them is facing family issues. As part of a bachelors party they go on a on a Road Trip across Spain. Each of them also decides to face and overcome their fears along this trip. The movie has beautifully captured experiences of scuba diving, sky diving, La Tomatina festival, and the Pamplona Bull Run. The adrenaline rush in this movie inspired many people.


Movie trailer:


Places featured: Paris (France), Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

This movie is based on the story of a woman named Rani (which translates to Queen). It tells her story of how after her fiancé dumps her a day before her wedding, she decides to go on her honeymoon to Paris alone as she’s always wanted to visit Paris. She’s scared at first as this is her first trip abroad. However on her journey she makes new friends, gains self-confidence and lives her life to the fullest. She also breaks taboos of Indian women living alone with total male strangers who turn out to be not only her roommates but good friends.


Movie trailer:

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani:

Places featured:

Gulmarg, Udaipur & Manali (India), Various places in France, Argentina.

This movie is based on the story of a girl named Naina who is a nerd and introvert and is focused on her career. However she meets a guy and his two friends on a spontaneous trip .Her perspective on life changes and she begins to live life with a more fun-filled attitude. It also shows the story how a guy named Bunny believes that one should an adventurous life and not an ordinary monotonous life.



Trailer: Well the movie trailer is kinda dramatic ,so instead have posted the video of this song .It’s one of my favorite songs from this movie and it has great picturization.


Places featured: Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir (India).

This movie is based on the story of a girl who seems to have everything in life, daughter of rich parents and a fiance she’s about to marry. Her life changes after she gets kidnapped just before her wedding. The main theme of the movie is based on Stockholm syndrome, however it also captures the essence freedom that one achieves while travelling. The main character also realizes that she feels more free while she’s out on the road , although kidnapped she doesn’t seem to miss her so called perfect life.


Movie trailer:


I hope you enjoyed going through this list.Do let me know your favorite inspirational movies in the comments section below.Happy travels 🙂

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