6 Films to Inspire Solo Travel

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So you wanna go solo? That’s a start. What comes next is however a decoy, not a roadblock. Having the idea in your mind to travel solo is the first step towards doing just that, but don’t be surprised if you are faced with fears and start second guessing yourself… its only natural! To inspire your first solo trip (or maybe your next one), here are 6 great films about solo travel:


Into the Wild (2007)

In short: The son of wealthy parents, Christopher, decides to rid himself of his former life and set off for an adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. He sells his things, packs what he does have left in his bags and hits the open road – easily one of my all time favourite solo travel inspirations!


Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

In short: If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, there’s no doubt you’ve heard all about it! Eat Pray Love has been adequately adapted into film thanks to the talented Julia Roberts who plays the role of Liz, a middle-aged woman who leaves her life in the USA behind for a life in Italy, India and Bali… at least for the short term. Whilst on her solo adventures she quite literally eats her way through Italy, spends time praying in India and finds love in Bali. You either love or hate this film… personally I love it!


Tracks (2013)

In short: This is an incredible film that tells an incredible story of a young Australian girl who walks from Alice Springs to the Australian ocean accompanied by just her dog and four camels. This is a really great film for girls who want to see what we can accomplish when we put our mind to it!


Wild (2014)

In short: A similar film to the above “Tracks”, Wild tells the story of a middle-aged woman in emotional pain, make the bold decision to walk the Pacific Crest Trail – one of the most challenging walks in the USA. She has no prior experience but through determination hits the open road anyway. Really quite inspiring!


The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

In short: This. Movie. Is. Awesome. If you’re looking for a movie that will strike up your wanderlust and quash any doubts you may have had about going solo, this movie is the pick of the bunch. Although this slightly falls outside of solo travel (the main character is joined by his friend), it really must be mentioned regardless. The two travel from Brazil to Peru by motorcycle. Hard to beat.


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

In short: This relatively new film tells the typical story of a man working a monotonous job, looking to branch out and actually live his life. Its a lot of fun and takes in some great destinations!

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    February 23, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Secret life of walter mitty is fantastic. If you have one to add though, it must be A Map for Saturday (albeiit’s more a docufilm?)

    January 20, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Wasn’t a fan of “Wild” but absolutely loved “The Secret Life of Walker Mitty” and I’ll definitely be checking out the others on this list!

    January 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I am very much interested in “The Motorcycle Diaries”, I have heard of the rest except this one. Thank for the recommendation!

    The Dame Intl
    January 13, 2016 at 12:28 am

    I highly recommend Tracks! Stunner of a film. But I recommend reading Eat Pray Love and Wild instead of watching them.

    Sharni Clavarino
    January 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I love Eat. Pray. Love it’s such a good movie! I’m also reading Wild at the moment and liking it so far! 🙂

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    Laura Butcher
    January 12, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Eat Pray Love is one of my all time favourite books/films! It imspired me to go to Italy which was AMAZING and it’s got me wanted to visit Bali SO BAD!! I also loved Wild; this has made me lust over hiking! It is a personal goal of mine to go on some form of trip by myself and these films definitely help that. I’ll have to check out the others 🙂

    January 11, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Eat Pray Love is my favorite on the list, however I love the landscape scenery in Walter Mitty as well. Great picks, and some new ones that I’ll have to add to my “list of movies to watch”. Have a nice weekend!

    January 11, 2016 at 4:28 am

    What a great post. I have seen most of the movies and they indeed inspired me to travel solo. Will travel Vietnam in February. Super excited 🙂

    Best, Andy

    January 11, 2016 at 4:05 am

    I have watched the first 3 , will get started on the next 3 😉 Thanks 😀

    Sara Strauss
    January 10, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of my faves! It’s just so happy and fun!

    January 10, 2016 at 8:46 am

    It inspires me so much !

    January 10, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Definitely adding a few of these to my list! Thanks!

    x Alex

    January 10, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Great list. Really want to watch them

    Kisses from ❤

    January 10, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Eat Play Love is my favourite! I don’t know why but I can watch it over and over.
    The Fernweh Wolf / Travel & Lifestyle Blog

    January 10, 2016 at 2:32 am

    I found it kind of funny that you included Into the Wild on your list. Although the film is amazing, because of what happens in the end I feel more discouraged that inspired 😉

    January 10, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I haven’t seen any of these but I have always wanted to see the Motorcycle Diaries!


    January 9, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Wild is definitely one of the best travel movies I’ve seen, but Eat Pray Love was also really good! I’d add Under the Tuscan Sun to the list, it’s pretty awesome!

    Another Ranting Reader
    January 9, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    I absolutely love The Secret Life of Walter Mitty! It’s such a good film! I haven’ read/seen Eat, Pray, Love but I really need to!

    Jemima x

    January 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Wow I love these tips!! I watched Eat Pray Love a couple of years ago but I still think about it now and then as it inspired me so much! Tracks and Wild are on my watch list as well! Thank you 🙂

    January 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I’m missing here The Way. I love those movies so much, they’re really inspiring

    Adelaide Haynes
    January 9, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I just watched Tracks the other night! It’s absolutely amazing! I was so inspired and in love with this story! Definitely a very underrated Australian film! I’d also add ‘Before Sunrise’ to this list. It definitely captures the sense of freedom, adventure and connection you get through travelling!

    Gabi @ Books & Trips
    January 9, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    So much YES for Eat. Pray. Love!!! This book / film made me fall in love with Italy! It’s a must see for every traveler!