4 Movies to Watch Before you Travel Solo

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Taking off on a grand adventure around the world is a daunting but completely rewarding endeavour to make. There are ongoing trials and tribulations to face at multiple times throughout each day and more often than not these can leave you wondering whether this was the right journey for you after all? But it was and it is, because if you have ever had the inkling to travel solo, you need to give it a chance and fulfil that desire for whatever reason it was you decided to go. Here are four of the best films to watch to encourage you that the solo journey is the one for you:

The Best 4 Movies to Watch Before you Travel Solo

Into the Wild (2007)

Topping the inspiration list for solo travel films is the 2007 hit, Into the Wild. This film is without a doubt one of the best travelogues out there for travellers to look to in search of inspiration. 

Wild (2014)

This biopic follows the story of Cheryl Strayed as she covers 1,100km on the Pacific Coast Trail in the USA. Starring Reese Witherspoon, this film is set to be a traveller’s highlight in 2015.

Tracks (2013)

This film surprised me. Tracks follows Robyn Davidson’s Australian camel trip in 1977, where she trekked 1700 miles across the Australian desert. Inspiring for solo female travellers in particular, this film is a must see for any solo women considering hitting the open road.

Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

First to Italy, followed by India, and finally Bali. Eat Pray Love is a popular favourite amongst women travellers in particular and encourages all viewers never to settle, and instead follow their hearts – wherever that may lead.


Over to you! What are your favourite travel films that leave you wanting to book the next plane out?

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    February 8, 2016 at 3:07 am

    127 Hours is another film you should watch. Always be prepaird!!!

    February 8, 2016 at 3:06 am

    127 Hours as well is something you want to watch.

    July 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I would add Under the Tuscan Sun.

    Caitlin Vought
    May 28, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Don’t forget Maidentrip!

    Edmund Chew
    May 10, 2015 at 1:34 am

    I usually try to watch a movie from a destination I’m about to go to.. Seeing the place, sounds and faces really inspires me! And at other times, I even visit a place because of a movie I watched, ie Miss Potter and A Good Year 🙂 Last year I started watching Bollywood movies and even took Hindi lessons cos India really appeals to me. I also learnt Tagalog during the years when I was flying to Philippines to visit a different island each time! It’s not necessarily a travel movie that inspires travel, but seeing anything filmed in that country, including daily life or its scenery … can be compelling enough! And yeah, I like ‘Into The Wild’ and ‘The Beach’ too ! I have the dvd, soundtrack, book and movie poster for these two movies 🙂

    April 28, 2015 at 12:27 am

    I think, “Eat, pray, love” has less to do with traveling and more (or only) with a complicated identification process and issues about midlife crisis. But the rest of your collection is just great and, at least, perfect for backpacking people like me 🙂

    March 23, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Great list! I’ve seen Into The Wild with one of my roommates in my hostel back in Kuala Lumpur and I must say, it definitely added into my list of favorites. As for others, I liked Under the Tuscan Sun, Lost in Translation (which were both mentioned somewhere above). I recommend Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, as it’s one of the films that inspired my desire to travel. Usually I watch places that inspire movies, such as Copenhagen, Amelie and Midnight in Paris. 🙂

    Anne Lise
    March 20, 2015 at 7:29 am

    All though it’s not about solo travel, the movie that always make me want to be on the next flight out of Norway and go to Italy for a roadtrip is Letters to Juliet. The shots from the Italian countryside is just so beautiful!

    Shubhajit Chakraborty
    February 17, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Some great movies, though I don’t like Eat, Prey and Love. Seven Years in Tibet is also a nice movie, plus Beyond Rangoon, L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment ), One Week and Under The Tuscan Sun.

    February 13, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Amazing list! The only movie I would add is ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’! Gets my wanderlust going every time 🙂

    February 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I absolutely loved Tracks! It’s one of my favourite travel-inspired movies to date. I haven’t had a chance to see Wild yet, but I am really looking forward to it!

    February 5, 2015 at 12:49 am

    I absolutely loved the book of Tracks which I read long before the movie came out. It really is a highly recommended book! The movie Wild is still on my list as well, look forward to seeing that!

    Britt Jeffs
    January 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Went and saw WILD last night at the movies and absolutely loved it. So inspirational- I have half a mind to set out on a crazy hike now.

    January 25, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Finally got round to watching Eat, Pray, Love yesterday. Was very tempted to just pack everything in and jet off for a year

    January 21, 2015 at 2:06 am

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing Wild for ages!! The book is fantastic! Everything on this list is awesome.

    Jane Brown
    January 15, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I love Eat, Pray, Love and Into the Wild. I can`t wait to see the other two. There is always so much inspiration around us. Thank you for this lovely inspiration today.

    Grace @ Green Global Travel
    January 13, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Great movie choices! Especially when you need a bit of inspiration before travelling solo.

    January 13, 2015 at 4:55 am

    I LOVE Into the Wild and can’t wait to see the other ones you recommended. Great article! I’m about to open my blog too and yours has been of great inspiration 🙂

    Nur Costa
    January 12, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Great picks!
    Into the wild is one of my favorite movies.
    What about 127 hours by James Franco? It’s an astonishing history based on real facts about a guy who travels solo.

    Thanks again for sharing, much love!

    January 11, 2015 at 6:41 am

    i’m so excited to see ‘wild’!
    xo, cheyenne

    January 10, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Don’t know if I would watch Into The Wild before I am going to travel solo.. 😉

    January 9, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I really want to see Tracks and Wild.
    Leaving for my biggest solo trip this far, on Sunday, traveling 11 timezones away, so I wish I’d have time to see them both before that.
    I prefer the book of Eat, Pray, Love before the movie though. It is too hollywoodized

    A.J. Cattapan
    January 9, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I watched and read Eat, Pray, Love before heading to Italy last summer. It was sort of a must-do thing since I ended up studying Italian at the same school Elizabeth Gilbert did. I wasn’t there as long as she was, but it was definitely a transformative experience–not to mention created some of my most popular blog posts. No wonder your blog is so popular. Why hadn’t anyone told me travel blogger was a viable career option when I got out of school umpteen years ago? Oh, yeah, that’s right. There was barely an Internet when I got out of school umpteen years ago. 🙂

    January 9, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for posting these! They look incredible. I’m really looking forward to watching them. I love hearing about other people’s journeys and how unique peoples stories and adventures are.

    January 8, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    The Way is one of my favorites and my inspiration for the camino which I’ll hopefully be doing this summer. The secret life of Walter Mitty was also a great movie!

    Trang's corner
    January 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Tracks is amazing! I was a little disappointed with Eat, Pray, Love but Julia Roberts is the best.
    Such a cool post! Love this post!
    Love from – a lifestyle, cooking, fashion blog

    January 8, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I have wanted to see Wild for a few weeks now, it’s high time I get around to it!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

    Marie @ Marie Away
    January 8, 2015 at 3:42 am

    I’ve seen all of these and read the books ( except I’ve not read the book that Tracks is based on… but I’m working on it!) and I have to agree that they are so inspiring. I saw Into the Wild in 2008 and I was completely obsessed with the idea of vagabonding from there. In 2012, I read Wild on the plane when I moved to South Korea. It’s amazing what an impact a memoir can have on you.

    I know this is a list about films, but the book Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elisabeth Eaves is also a great read.

    Sophie Blunt
    January 8, 2015 at 3:16 am

    I am dying to see wild after completely falling in love with the book but I have to wait until it is released here in the UK!

    Sophie xx

    January 8, 2015 at 1:57 am

    In the middle of reading the book “Wild” right now. Still waiting to see the movie. Great picks!

    Mary Lyndall
    January 8, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I have never seen any of these, but I will be sure to check them out before I head out on my next adventure!

    January 8, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Loved this post! Into The Wild completely blowed my mind and inspired me so much, but I’m looking forward to Wild too since it’s from a female point of view.

    Have a nice day 🙂

    January 7, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Great list ! Watched into the wild n eat pray n love, the way, last stop for paul.
    There are a very good movies. Recommended to watch everybody.
    So inspired.

    January 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    What? You didn’t include Mr.Bean’s Holiday? No I’m just kidding. Honestly I haven’t seen any of the movies you listed, so I guess I know what to do the next time I get bored

    Fabhres Holidays
    January 7, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Hi ,

    Great list of movies! I have seen Tracks movie. its amazing.
    Definitely an inspiring solo travel movie

    – Fabhres Holidays

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    January 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Great list!! Such an inspiring movie. thanks for sharing nice views.

    January 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Read Wild before watching! The book is a million times more inspiring! 🙂
    Walter mitty definitely would make my list, and Under the Tuscan sun.. 🙂
    Plus Eat Pray Love of course… haven’t seen the others yet so might have to do so to get me through the last few months of my year of travel! 😉

      Lauren Hughes
      January 8, 2015 at 12:44 am

      I was going to go home and watch into the wild tonight, but after reading the comment about reading it I may download it on my kindle instead. Eat Pray Love makes me want to quit my job and go travelling for the year again though! 🙂 So much inspiration in one lunch break xo

    January 7, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Have you seen the Secret life of Walter Mitty? Such an inspiring movie! Or if you’re looking more for a documentary-type backpacker movie I’d recommend Last Stop For Paul, where a guy who doesn’t usually travel, decides to take his best friend’s ashes and spread them all over the world. Good little movie! Great list 🙂

    21 year old backpacker currently an expat in New Zealand

    January 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Great list! I have seen or read any of these movies or books. Thanks for this list.

    Meghan McLaughlin
    January 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Tracks is amazing! I was a little disappointed with Eat, Pray, Love but Julia Roberts is the best. I haven’t seen Into The Wild or Wild yet but I can’t wait to be inspired. My year in Australia is reaching the 6 month mark and I’m sooooo not ready for it to be over.

    • Brooke Saward
      January 7, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Awww you should stay in AUS!!!! Its such a paradise I’m not surprised! 🙂

    Frank Asper
    January 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Not about solo travel, really, but “Around the World in 80 Days” is great. Also Mark Twain’s books A Tramp Abroad and Innocents Abroad.

    Jee Ann
    January 7, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Oh, I agree! Aside from the inspiring films listed by Brooke here, I think The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is amazing. Even though it’s so different from the short story, it was the movie that definitely inspired me to travel and to really live my dreams.

    January 7, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I know it is silly one, but I can’t help loving The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I mean just the sound tracks gets my travel juices flowing big time. Add stunning footage of Iceland and the South East Asia and BOOM. I’m desperate for adventure.

    January 7, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Into The Wild and Eat Pray Love are my faves! Watched them several times, even read the novel. I highly recommend it too, very inspiring.

    Miles of Happiness
    January 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I’ve never heard about ‘tracks’. I’ll watch it this week. This is a great list :)) Thanks for this idea!! Looking forward to discovering it.

    Malin -
    January 7, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I really like “Eat, Pray, Love”! 🙂 I have it on DVD and I’ve seen it many times! 🙂 It’s indeed a beautiful travel movie!

    January 7, 2015 at 11:52 am

    These are also great books to read too! Definitely a great list to read or watch before heading out solo, both Into the Wild and Wild are such heartbreaking stories

    January 7, 2015 at 11:49 am

    These are also great books to read too! Definitely a great list to read or watch before heading out solo 🙂

    January 7, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Absolutely LOVED Wild with Reese. Amazing film!
    I’d add The Motorcycle Diaries and maybee (stretching the theme a bit) Midnight in Paris!

    January 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I just saw Wild this weekend and it was so good! Definitely an inspiring solo travel movie 🙂

    January 7, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I love “The Way”. It has inspired me to do the El camino de Santiago one day!