Film has the ability to evoke emotion and inspire action — Whether it be falling in love, or becoming a superhero, we’ve all experienced the effects of a watching a great movie. But then there are those films that encourage you to get out and see the world - after a long, difficult work week, nothing inspires us to plan our next adventure like an incredible travel film.
We’ve compiled a list of 8 of our favorite films that have inspired our wanderlust and encouraged us to travel. These stories, both true and fictional, we hope will ignite your adventurous soul.
After tragedy strikes her family, rather than wallowing, Cheryl Strayed decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, all by herself. So with nothing but her determination and a backpack, she begins the 1,100 mile journey and doesn’t look back. This film is a powerful adaptation of a true story that portrays the real events of traveling solo through wilderness. If you have been thinking about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (or any backpacking adventure for that matter), this film is a must-see.
After his son’s passing, Tom heads to France to honor him by embarking on the same pilgrimage that took his life. Along the way, he is forced to befriend complete strangers, opening his eyes to new cultures and experiences. This journey teaches Tom new things about his own life and brings him closer to his son than ever before. This heart-warming film is perfect for inspiring a solo travel and will have you adding the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage to your bucket list.
Into The Wild
This true story of Christopher McCandless, the college graduate who gave up all his life savings to travel, is deemed one of the best travel movies of all time and just might encourage you to embark on the adventure you’ve always wanted to take. With nothing but the clothes on his back, Christopher hitchhikes his way to Alaska to live in the wilderness, free of the structures of society. It is an incredibly inspiring story, and if you love the idea of trading your possessions for the Alaskan wilderness, then this film is perfect for you.
The Motorcycle Diaries
Based on the true story of Che Guevara, this award-winning film follows the story of a medical student who takes time off before his last semester to embark on a motorcycle road trip through South America. They visit Venezuela, Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires, and many other places along the way, learning about life through the eyes of the residents. To Guevara’s surprise, this journey ends up changing the course of his life forever. This film will give you a glimpse of the beauty that lies in South America, and you may just find yourself planning a Latin-American getaway right after watching.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Living in his adventure-filled day dreams to escape his dreaded desk-job, Walter Mitty is a character that many of us can relate to. But when he gets the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Greenland, he is able to finally live out his dreams, and become the person he’s always wanted to be. This movie will not only inspire you to make your dreams reality, but might also leave you with a new dream of escaping the demands of life and embarking on an Icelandic adventure.
With nothing but her lust for adventure and her pup by her side, Robyn Davidson embarks on a 1700 mile trek through the deserts of West Australia. Not only does she learnt the skills she needs to survive along the way, but she meets people who provide her with knowledge (oh and a couple of camels) to make her journey a little easier. And the best part is…it’s based on a true story! There is nothing more inspiring than the story of a successful trek made by a solo female traveler — so if you have felt the urge to travel solo, but have felt discouraged or unsure, this film is one you definitely need to see!
There’s nothing more gratifying than climbing to the summit of a mountain and looking down at the gorgeous view of the ground you’ve covered. But imagine embarking on a quest to climb the tallest mountain in the world during a blizzard, endure freezing temperatures and excruciatingly chilling winds. Most of us don’t plan on climbing Everest at any point in our lives and will never experience this harsh environment, but this true story gives viewers a look into one of the most extreme summits of any mountain (albeit with some Hollywood-flair).
Mauled by a bear and left for dead while exploring uncharted wilderness — Something we can all relate to right? Okay maybe not (and hopefully never will) but we couldn’t put this list together without including this epic film. Di Caprio’s award-winning performance for best actor (finally) is wondrous and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. You’ll find yourself getting lost in the incredible cinematography of the cold North American landscape of the early 1800’s. The Revenant is a vastly dark film, but for the rustic environmental palette alone you should absolutely take the time to watch this beautifully made film.