Travel movies to inspire your wanderlust

Nothing can transport you like an amazing movie...

March 2020 • Jules Verne

Travel movies to inspire your wanderlust

Sadly, none of us know when this situation will end, so in the meantime, why not let an amazing movie transport you to a different part of the world? The best travel films are the ones that make your feet itch and your brain start buzzing with adventure, escape and possibilities. We’ve put together our top picks to inspire your wanderlust, ready for when the doors to travelling are open again.

Into the Wild - An adventurer who, after graduating from college, gave up his comfortable life to start an intransigent quest for freedom from Georgia to Alaska through South Dakota, Arizona, Nevada, Mexico and California.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - When his job is threatened, Walter takes action and embarks on an incredible journey to Greenland, Iceland and the Himalayas, in search of an elusive piece of camera film and ends up finding his courage to face the unknown.

The Motorcycle Diaries - In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Alberto Granado set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. This opened Che's eyes to political injustice. Director Walter Salles filmed their travels, as per Che's memoirs.

Midnight in Paris - Written and directed by Woody Allen. A romantic comedy set in 20s bohemian Paris.

The Bucket List - The main plot follows two men on their road trip with a wish list of things to do before they "kick the bucket".

The Darjeeling Limited - An emotional comedy about three brothers re-forging family bonds. The eldest, hopes to reconnect with his two younger siblings by taking them on a train trip across the vibrant and sensual landscape of India.

Seven Years in Tibet - In 1943, an Austrian mountain climber-skier escapes from a British internment camp in India, travels over the Himalayas, arrives in Lhasato, and becomes friends with the Dalai Lama. Filmed in Argentina, Chile, and Canada.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

Out of Africa - Meryl Streep and Robert Redford star in this tragic love story about a married baroness who falls for a big-game hunter. The film that made us fall in love with Kenya.

A Passage to India - Set against a tumultuous Indian background. A Passage to India tells the story of a young British woman and her elderly travelling companion who journey from England to India at the time of the British Raj.

The Beach - Richard, a young man, travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of an odd map. Rumours state that the map leads to an island paradise. Accompanied by a few friends, he sets out to find it.

Tracks - Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian (Mia Wasikowska) satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. 

Casablanca - During WWII, Rick, a nightclub owner in Casablanca, agrees to help his former lover Ilsa and her husband. Soon, Ilsa's feelings for Rick resurface and she finds herself renewing her love for him.

Australia - A woman travels to Australia in order to save the cattle ranch she inherited. In the process of doing so, she befriends a local called Drover who then helps her accomplish her mission.

Under the Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes, a 35-year-old San Francisco writer, gets a divorce that leaves her with terminal writer's block and depression. Later, she decides to buy a house in Tuscany in order to change her life.

Scotch: A Golden Dream - This documentary explores the real people and stories behind your favorite bottle of Scotch, all while showcasing the majestic Scottish landscape where the elixir is created.

Slumdog Millionaire - A young man from Mumbai, India makes an amazing run on a TV game show. Each question he answers reveals a chapter of his life in vivid detail in this Academy Award-winning film.

Hideous Kinky - Travel to Morocco with the arthouse film Hideous Kinky. Starring Kate Winslet, this indie drama follows the story of two young sisters who travel with their free-spirited mother to Morocco. The sisters navigate life in an unknown culture as their mother finds love and spirituality.

Before Midnight - Enjoy a romantic getaway to Southern Greece with the award-winning film Before Midnight. The film is the third in Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy and is a well-crafted depiction of a couple who travel to Greece and question their past, present and future together. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Written and directed by Oscar Winner Taika Waititi, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a heartwarming comedy/drama about the adventures of Ricky Baker, a juvenile delinquent and his surly foster dad. A manhunt is triggered when the unlikely pair go missing in the New Zealand bush.