Movies That Inspire Travel
In all honesty I don’t really need a movie to give me the desire to travel, that bug has already bit me hard. I love the idea of jumping on a plane and exploring someplace new, eating great food, and immersing myself in a new culture. I love city breaks and tropical getaways. I rarely visit a new place that I don’t fall completely in love with. I can’t help myself, the world we live in is just so beautiful and every new place I visit has some amazing new thing to discover. The problem I have is that I want to see too many countries and narrowing down where to go next is super difficult.
This is where movies do inspire me. I can’t tell you how many times I have been watching a film and thought, we should go wherever this is filmed. I think one of my most viewed items on the IMDB page is the location links. Lets call this list, the list of movies to inspire your next trip because I’ll tell you that they have all made me want to go to their filming locations!
1. Under the Tuscan Sun
2003 Starring Diane Lane
It is actually about a woman who impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany while on vacation but the lovely scenery around her new home will absolutely make you ache to see the Italian countryside. The filming locations spread all over Italy and each spot is more beautiful than the last. From the hills and valleys to the cities she visits it is clear that the director is madly in love with this country and is dying to make you feel the same way.
2. Couples Retreat
2009 Starring Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, and Kristen Bell
This romantic comedy is about four couples that travel together to an island getaway focused on healing marriages. You may or may not laugh along to the journey the various couples are on but you will definitely be drooling over the area they are staying in. Every time I watch the movie or, who and I kidding, see the cover for it I am begging to go to the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. I am not sure that I needed a movie to make me want to visit the French Polynesia but the dazzlingly blue water and lush rainforest in this one convince me that it should be on my travel list.
3. One Week
2008 Starring Joshua Jackson
This quirky little film is about a man who sets out on his motorcycle on a journey to find the meaning to his life. The trip takes hime from his starting point of Toronto all the way to the west coast of British Columbia. I have a bias I know, but there is just so much to fall in love with as he travels through Canada. I have been blessed to see and visit many of the spots we see throughout the movie and I have to say that they are just as beautiful as they appear to be. This is a gorgeous love letter to the grand Canada and it will make you think that all you need is a motorcycle and the open roads it offers to find the meaning to your own life.
4. Mamma Mia
2008 Starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, and Colin Firth
Okay, if I am being totally forthright, this musical about a young bride-to-be hunting for her biological father is not the most stand out film of all time. It is however totally watchable and the Greek filming locations are enough to watch for. The stunning long stretches of beach and the stark white and blue architecture will remind you why Greece has always been on your travel bucket list.
5. Roman Holiday
1953 Starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck
An adorable tale of a runaway princess and a newspaper man through the stunning streets of Rome. I understand that for most of us the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn is enough reason to watch this charming black and white film but add the historic city as a back drop and you’ll be planning your trip to follow her footsteps through Rome. Having had the opportunity to see almost every one of her landmark stops I can tell you this city is just as romantic and beautiful as this movie makes you feel it is.
6. Midnight in Paris
2011 Staring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams
From opening credits until the last scene this odd little time travel movie has Woody Allen’s fingerprints all over it, and it is clear that he has a passion for all sides of Paris. Yes he shows you the iconic landmarks of this famously filmed city but then he walks you through the quiet streets and unknown areas as he asks the question of when is the best time to be alive. The moody night views of Paris will absolutely make your heart yearn to walk along with these characters in all the time periods you get to enjoy. If you are a lover of things Parisian this is the movie for you.
I would love to hear what movie inspire you to want to explore the globe, please share and I can add some new travel destinations to my own ever growing list.