Watch and go: films that inspire you to travel.

1. Into the wild

Based on a true story (as all the best sources of inspiration are) this film follows Christopher McCandless a.k.a. Supertramp as he gives up his entire life savings to travel across America to Alaska.

Favourite quote from this film:

I read somewhere how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong… but to feel strong.

So why do I think this is a must see film?
The freedom gained by having nothing is shown to be refreshing and the wonders of a simplistic life know no bounds. When completely stripped bare of all money and possessions, with no one to answer to and no limits on where to go and what to do – Christopher finds himself.

I’m not saying we should all go to the extremes depicted in this film BUT maybe it’s only when you free yourself from the stuff that’s weighing you down, that you’ll have the strength to do anything.

If you’re not a movie lover, (then why are you reading this post?) this film is based on a book which you may prefer instead.

2. The Way

After hearing that his son has died, Tom arrives in St. Jean Pied de Port in France to collect his remains. Learning the reason why is his son was here – to embark on a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago – he decides that they will complete the journey together.

Favourite quote from this film:

You don’t choose a life, dad. You live one.

So why do I think this is a must see film?
Tom is completely unprepared for the profound effect the pilgrimage will have on him. Intending to walk alone he is joined and becomes part of an unlikely group of pilgrims, each dealing with their own issues. It could be argued that he learns more about his son following his death, than he ever did while he was alive.

3. Eat, Pray, Love

Unhappy in her marriage, Liz is involved in a difficult divorce leaving her lost and alone. She embarks on a RTW trip finding comfort in food (Italy), discovering the peace that comes with meditation (India) and finally falling in love (Bali).

Favourite quote from this film:

The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.

So why do I think this is a must see film?
If, like I originally was, you want to be a solo female traveller – then this is a must see film. An empowering film for women of any age or background, it encourages you to make the seemingly impossible, possible. Liz struggles with letting go, with living in new environments, making friends and even learning new languages. However, what she accomplishes as a result of her travels makes all the worry, fear and (at times) loneliness – worthwhile.

Again if you’re not a movie lover, this film is also based on a book which you may prefer instead.

4. Wild

‘Triumph over adversity’ was the three word review given by Anthony when I asked him what he thought of the movie and I think this really sums it up. It follows Cheryl as she walks a portion of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) which covers over 2500 miles from the US/Mexico border up to the US/Canadian border.

Favourite quote from this film:

Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.

So why do I think this is a must see film?
There is a point in everyone’s life when they are in need of a fresh start but no-one needs it more than Cheryl. Here you see the power of a second chance as Cheryl tries to shake her past and become the person her Mother always knew she could be. However, the road isn’t always smooth (at times quite literally) as she is constantly haunted by her memories and has only uncertainty about her future. Sometimes it is more about mental toughness than physical fitness. Plus, it’s great to see a woman on the road less travelled.

Again if you’re not a movie lover, this film is also based on a book which you may prefer instead.


PS. Please comment with any other ‘must see movies for travellers’ as I’m always looking for another inspiring film to watch about travel.

One thought on “Watch and go: films that inspire you to travel.

  • 15 Sep 15 at 09:36

    Hectic and the Pursuit of Happiness!

    Funny and about travelling to find out what makes you happy! Turns out home made him happy but without travelling, he would never of known.

    Sometimes going somewhere different puts your own life into perspective!


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