Best Movies to Watch That Will Inspire Your Urge to Travel

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It’s been about a month since the shutdown. A break from your hobbies is long overdue, and even Youtube has begun to get boring. Luckily for us, we live in an era where we can escape reality through the likes of cinema. Through the skills of acclaimed filmmakers such as Stephen Spielberg and Woody Allen, movie watchers can get a sense of euphoria, as they are thrown into a visually appealing masterpiece. Although the idea of traveling may be a far way off, viewers can still get the feeling of wanderlust by engulfing themselves in such films. Here is a list of some of the best travel movies that you can watch to help pass the time…

Best Travel Movies: 

Wild - Directed by Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, Wild follows the story of Cheryl Strayed (portrayed by Reese Witherspoon), a recent-divorcee, as she embarks on a backpacking trip across the Pacific Crest Trail. Filled with cinematic shots of the Pacific Northwest, viewers are thrown into the realities that Cheryl faces as she backpacks across this historic trail. This film is based on a true story and has been critically acclaimed by many. 

Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Who doesn’t love Ben Stiller? He does since he cast himself to play the main character of this unique film. The story follows the adventures of Walter Mitty, a negative assets manager, as he tried to track down a lost photograph that was sent to him from a well-known photographer. This movie is audacious, as Walter Mitty attempts to travel the world in search of this photojournalist. This film is full of shots from Greenland and the Himalayas, as well as a beautiful cinematically shot scene in Iceland. This film is a great family movie and will leave viewers travel-hungry at the conclusion of the film. 

More of The Best Travel Movies

Life of Pi - Released in 2012, Life of Pi follows the story of a young writer, Pi Patel, as he recalls his most recent experiences after being shipwrecked during a storm, pretty much leaving him helpless. Through the surprising efforts of an orangutan and a tiger, Pi learns a valuable lesson about friendship as he travels across the ocean in his boat. This movie was directed by Ang Lee and has a jaw-dropper at the end that will leave viewers speechless. 

Into The Wild - Directed and produced by the great Sean Penn, Into The Wild follows the story of Christopher McCandless, as he spends life searching for himself in the most remote areas of the United States. With the goal of reaching Alaska, McCandless discovers the true nature of the outdoors as he is taught a valuable lesson that will ultimately change his life. This film is filled with a supporting cast consisting of Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Stewart, and many more. Based on a true story. 

The-Hundred-Foot Journey - Based in the countryside of France, unlikely circumstances bring the Kamdam family to an abandoned building where they discover the flavors of France. Having a family consisting of chefs, the Kadam family quickly attempts to turn their newfound building into a successful restaurant. This film covers aspects of the culinary arts and will leave viewers craving food abroad. Being both directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Stephen Spielberg, this film does not disappoint.

Watching cinema is a luxury many of us take advantage of in this day-and-age. We hope you take advantage of our “best travel movies” list as you enjoy your time spent indoors. We all will be traveling soon enough and who knows? You may even discover a new travel destination!

Written by @visualsbyry