The 10 Best Travel Movies to Take you Far Away

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1. Amelie

France: No list of the best travel movies would be complete without including this beautiful French film that is not only a heartfelt good-vibes story, but also an impressive display of cinematography. The film follows the life of Amelie – a young French woman in search of her purpose in life, and the lives of those around her. It’s about as good as it gets for Paris inspiration and wanderlust. See the trailer below:


2. The Bourne Supremacy

India: Matt Damon’s role in the Bourne trilogy takes the viewer around the world, but it’s arguably The Bourne Supremacy that is most impressive and engaging for the viewer. See the trailer below:

3. The Beach

Thailand: Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this travel/adventure story that follows a backpacker to the depths of Thailand’s wilderness. Leo makes his way to a beach paradise for what is thought to be a dream life away from consumerism – however it’s not long before this beach paradise commnity-style living sends its inhabitants nuts. The filming location of the beach in Phi Phi Leh is now an incredibly popular tourist destination for visitors to Phuket, Thailand. See the trailer below:

4. Lost in Translation

Japan: For solo travelers wondering if they’ll meet other travelers once abroad, this is the ultimate comfort film to put your mind at ease. Although it doesn’t always happen like this, it’s a great look into the world of solo travel in all of its hilarity. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansen make it all the more worthy of viewing. See the trailer below:

5. Into The Wild

North America: This story follows Christopher McCandless, a college grad who abandons his wealthy family and their desire for his life. Instead, he sets off on an adventure to hitch hike his way to Alaska. This is one of those movies you will finish feeling like you could pack up the bare necessities in a backpack and leave tomorrow. See the trailer below:

6. The Bucket List

Around the World: Two old men who are terminally ill begin their venture to fulfil their bucket-list. Before they “kick the bucket”they make their way around a series of activities such as driving in race cars, staying luxury hotels, and traveling the globe. This is a great look at traveling and adventure for all ages. See the trailer below:

7. The Motorcycle Diaries

Peru: This travel represents the importance of travel and the benefits it has on your life – new experiences, new cultures, new life lessons. See the trailer below:

8. Eat, Pray, Love

Italy, India, Bali: For all single women and solo women travelers, this is the film to watch before you set off on your adventure, or perhaps the one you need to watch to make the decision to do so. The film follows Julia Roberts as she eats her way through Italy, prays her way through India, and finds love in the unexpected destination of Bali, Indonesia. See the trailer below:

9. A Good Year

France: An Englishmen and investment broker inherits his uncle’s French chateau, where he spent much of his childhood. He returns to find an alternative laid-back lifestyle and childhood memories that have stood the test of time. See the trailer below:


10. EuroTrip

Europe: Cringe as you may, this coming of age college movie has to be included in the list for scenic purposes at least. See the trailer below:

Over to you! What are your favourite travel movies of all time?

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    April 2, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    What a great site. I am traveling with my husband right now but would like to know more about your group. Happy camping!

    abhimanyu chawla
    March 15, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Hindi movie Queen (paris) is also a good travel Movie

    abhimanyu chawla
    February 23, 2016 at 12:02 am

    must watch ‘zindgi milegi na dobara ‘ (spain)
    best ever travel movie

    Sara Campbell
    February 22, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I watched that movie and felt the same way. Then I promptly purchased the book. Read it immediately. It will haunt you in a good way for years to come. It resonated with me so much that I have the whole book earmarked and highlighted.

    February 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Point Break (the 1991 Original)
    Taxi Teheran
    The best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Forrest Gump
    Seven Years in Tibet

    …and all the Short movies of the European Outdoor Filmfestival Tour!!!

    February 21, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Congratulations. You picked the most cliché travel movies of all time.heart emoticon

    February 20, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    thanks for the list! So wonderful!

    Frank Asper
    November 2, 2015 at 10:40 am

    “Around the World in 80 Days”,
    “Roman Holiday”

    November 2, 2015 at 10:17 am

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    July 1, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    ^ This!

    Will Stephenson
    June 23, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    A Map for Saturday was the movie that made me want to go backpacking. Check it out 😀

    June 2, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Zindagi na milegi Dobara(Spain), Yeh jawani hai Dewani(Manali, Paris), are my two all time favourite travel movies. They are Bollywood hindi movies, but you should watch it once!
    P.S – I love your blogs!

    Will Bowie
    May 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Some excellent movies to inspire getting away and seeing the world. Check out my list and see what you think…I included Eurotrip too! Had to be done.

    Cheers – Will

    April 2, 2015 at 6:59 am

    how about the hobbit/ lord of the rings (new zealand), talented mr. ripley & under the tuscan sun (italy), before sunrise/ before sunset (paris/ vienna), tracks (australia), vicky cristina barcelona (spain), cairo time (egypt), out of africa (kenya), once (ireland),

    January 30, 2015 at 4:38 am

    I love Eat Pray Love, but I think the book was sooo much better! But it’s a great travel movie anyway.

    I recently composed my own list of Top-20 inspiring travel movies, too, by the way. Check it out:

    December 31, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve reviewed The Beach over at my website. I also love The Motorcycle Diaries. I think I’m gonna add The Bucket List of films I need to review.

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    November 16, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    One of my absolute favourites when it comes to scenery and makes me want to travel is Letters to Juliet! Every time I see it I basically smack myself in the face that I haven’t been to Italy yet! SO beautiful!!!

    Another one for the scenery is Monte Carlo. Really makes me want to go to Monaco.

    November 16, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Perhaps Grace of Monaco or Letters to Juliet. I simply love Italy.

    November 14, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I was happy to see that The Good Year made the list! Every time I watch it, I just want to escape to some beautiful French vineyard for awhile.

    I have a similar (although ever-growing) list on my website as well that includes films not listed here that I am sure you would love:

    Kait xx

    November 14, 2014 at 12:34 am

    “Vicky, Christina, Barcelona” is wonderful to get a hint of Barcelona. Woody Allens ‘city’ movies are good movies for itchy feet. Maybe these give you itchy feet even more 🙂

    November 13, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Haha I really love ‘EuroTrip’! Know almost the whole movie by heart 😉
    And ‘Into The Wild’ is great too. Love the landscapes in there!

    November 13, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Into The Wild is such a great movie! After watching it for the first time I kept thinking about it for days.

    x Valerie | Valerie Randomness

    November 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I always loved how 007 movies take you all over the world. Maybe not in the most scenic way, but still 🙂
    “7 years in Tibet” is my nominee as well, and don’t forget “In Bruges” !

    November 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Definitely some good Movies! But you haven’t included some of the best! An all time favorite for backpacker is “A Map for Saturday”, THE movie about backpacking. Another golden one is “180 degrees south”, true story about some travelers in Patagonia. And of cours some others like: “The way” “secret life of Walter Mitty”, “vicky Christina Barcelona”. And last but not least “The Lord of the rings” trilogy, I always wanna go back to New Zealand when I watch them.

    Luc @ The Wanderlust Scout
    November 13, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Eat Pray Love 100%. Word of advice – never watch ‘Taken’ on a plane, by yourself to a new country. I did as I was moving countries and shat myself a little haha

    Lucy ||

    • worldofwanderlust
      November 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Omg hahaha! I totally watched it with my parents before I went overseas – worst idea EVER! too funny x

    Best holiday destinations
    November 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    thanks for posting nice views.

    Kayti Clayton
    November 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I still haven’t watched Amelie! I seriously need to do that. Another one for me was the Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

    November 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    These are some of my favourite movies! Glad Amélie is number one, seriously one of my most adored films!

    21 year old travel blogger

    November 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I love the bucket list, eurotrip and eat, pray love. Some excellent film choices there Brooke! Definitely going to add the others to my list of films I want to see 🙂

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    November 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I agree with one of the comments, some of these movies aren’t my favorite but they do take you away. Thanks for sharing, I’m going to watch the ones I haven’t seen.

    November 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I agree with the person above who mentioned both Leap Year and Chasing Liberty. Love both movies and Chasing Liberty was what made me want to visit Prague.

    Allison / Alli's Wanderworld
    November 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    The Art of Travel is also a movie worth watching!
    Beautiful scenes of central America, a main actor, all travelers can identify with and an ending that me laugh so hard!

    November 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Amelie is one of my absolute favorite films. I’ve watched it countless times and still love it as much as i did the first time i watched it!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

    November 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I’ve seen most of these! Amelia is my favourite movie of all time. Just stunning.

    I’ll have to say that Chef (new release) made me seriously want to go to southern USA and South America. I love the Latin culture in that part of the world – so colourful and alive! Its fantastic! But oh my, the food…

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    November 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Haha, Eurotrip is such a funny movie even though it pretty much glosses over the nicer points of each destination!

    November 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    These movies are all great — especially Eat Pray Love. That move makes me want to book and plan ticket and just go!

    I really love Breakfast at Tiffany’s, that movie inspired me to visit New York City. 🙂

    November 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Believe it or not, I’ve never actually seen Eat, Pray, Love! I only read the book, which I prefer doing anyway – but it’s a great story nonetheless! I also watched Amelie in my French class… it was an interesting movie. Haha. 🙂

    November 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I love the Bourne movies! They’re some of my family’s favorite movies to watch together. We all love action movies (and travel), so they’re perfect!

    Betty J. Ogburn
    November 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

    …Even though these movies aren’t my FAVORITES, they definitely give me scenic inspiration: “Made of Honor”, “Letters to Juliet”, “Sideways”, “Sabrina Goes to Rome”, “To Rome With Love”, “What A Girl Wants”, and “Monte Carlo”…

    Ashlee DeLine
    November 13, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Ooo! When I saw the title of this post I immediately thought Eat, Pray, Love! The Bucket List is exceptional, as well. And who wouldn’t laugh at the humor in EuroTrip.

    Great post!

    Wishing you Sunshine in your Snippets,

    November 13, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Oh Eurotrip. What a fantastic movie. When I visited Bratislava all I kept saying when someone asked me where it is was “nowhere, near, Berlin”.

    November 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Pirates of the carribean always makes me wish I was on holiday, except for maybe the living dead zombies and giant boat-eating squid…
    – Grace xx
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    Nikki Vargas
    November 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

    A couple to add here!

    The Way is a really beautiful movie about a father who hikes Camino de Santiago through Spain to honor his son. It’s a fun film about the travelers we meet along the way and how adventure and traveling changes us.

    Midnight in Paris is a favorite of mine although more about time travel than travel, I do love the scenic shots of Paris!

    And the ultimate: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which follows a guy living and working in NYC who has never done anything or been anywhere and who suddenly (Through a turn of events) finds himself traveling the world and growing as a person because of it.



    Amanda Dahl
    November 13, 2014 at 6:55 am

    For Paris, I’d highly recommend watching “Midnight in Paris” or the classic Audrey Hepburn movie, “Funny Face.” Wanting a little dose of Italy? Try “Casanova” for Venice or “Under the Tuscan Sun” for Tuscany. “Slumdog Millionaire” is an excellent choice for India & “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” inspires the adventurers in us all. You supply some top-notch choices, which makes me want to create my own list on my travel & lifestyle blog!

    Estherina's World
    November 13, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Love all of these movies, but you’ve go to add Midnight in Paris and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (NY) to this list. Midnight in Paris feels dreamy, the way Paris always does. And Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist captures perfectly the electric energy of New York.

    Step into Estherina’s World

    November 13, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Did you see the “l’Auberge Espagnole” from Cédric Klapisch (French film) ? It is about some students (several french, but other also) who are involve in the Eramus program (which is a real European student program to enable European students to spend some study time in a foreign country). It is the story of theses french students sharing a flat in Barcelone. If it is not about travelling, it is about discovering other countries and other people : the arrival of the hero in Barcelone is really about changing your life ! And there is 2 other films which follow : “les poupées russes” (when the heros are 30 years old) and “Casse-tête chinois” (when they reach 40 ) , and is still about living in foreign countries… Even if it is more about finding your life than travelling, but it involved a lot of travelling, you should try !

    November 13, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Thanks for movie tips:) My “travel movie” is The Turist. Since I have seen it I wanted to visit Venice and few months ago I finally did 🙂

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    November 13, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Hands down, my favorite epic travel movie of all time is Seven Years in Tibet. I also really, really looooooove Out of Africa. It’s just classic.

    Two amazing beautiful stories.

    I’ve got to say, I never could understand the fascination with Amelie. I really didn’t like it. I found it incredibly slow. But then, to each their own, right? :o)


    November 13, 2014 at 5:49 am

    2 other good travel movies are Leap Year (Ireland) and Chasing Liberty (Prague, Berlin, Austria, Venice, London etc). They’re both romantic comedies and I think they’re really cute!

    Moriah Walker
    November 13, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Under the Tuscan Sun is a great travel movie! It takes you all over Italy’s beautiful country side.

    November 13, 2014 at 4:53 am

    I am shocked not to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 🙂 Give it a go

    Dreams and Cities
    November 13, 2014 at 4:50 am

    “The Art of Travel”, “Seven Years in Tibet”, and most inspiring for me – “Eat. Pray. Love”… Less about travel, more about the spirit of freedom is great movie with Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves “Point Break”.

    Marie @ Marie Away
    November 13, 2014 at 4:45 am

    I’m forever looking for lists like this. I’ve seen all but two of these movies, but at least that means I have two to add to my list. Thanks!

    November 13, 2014 at 4:43 am

    I really love the movie “Hector and the search for Happiness”. If you haven’t seen it yet, add it on your list.


    November 13, 2014 at 4:35 am

    I have only seen Amelie, but all those movies look wonderful! I certainly want to see Lost in Translation and Eat, Pray, Love! Really good ones, they say!
    Surely a great list! You always know it Brooke!
    With love,

    November 13, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Normally I don’t watch films – I prefer to read books, but as I read “The beach” I think now I should also see this film 🙂 Thanks for the tips!
    Lovely greetings from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

    The slow pace
    November 13, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I would add a 90’s romantic comedy called Only You. The main character does a fantastic travel through Italy: Venice, Rome and finally Positano. Not the best film in the world but the views are lovely!