Do you love movies and travel? If you love traveling to new places, then you’ll love our selection of movies that will inspire your wanderlust. These travel movies show the beauty of the world and will make you want to get up and go explore everything it has to offer.
With stunning visuals from all over the globe, these movies are sure to inspire your desire for adventure.
Watch as people just like you explore far-off lands and experience different cultures. You’ll be ready to book your next trip after watching just one of these amazing films.
We’ve gathered some of the best travel and wanderlust movies, all in one place. Here’s our list of the most inspiring travel movies:
Travel movies that inspire wanderlust
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Originally a book by Elizebeth Gilbert, that was eventually turned into a movie, Eat Pray Love is a tale of self-discovery. Liz, played by Julia Roberts travels through Italy, India, and Bali to find herself after a divorce. She goes on this journey alone to prove she can be happy without her husband.
It seems like an odd choice for someone who’s lost their partner, but Liz ends up finding things out about herself that she never knew before during her travels. It shows the world is not just our home but also our playground where we can do anything we put our minds to.
Locations featured: New York, Italy, India, and Bali
The Tourist (2010)
Angelina Jolie stars in this espionage caper movie alongside Johnny Depp. She plays an American woman visiting Italy who gets caught up in mysterious circumstances involving foreign agents and criminals with secrets to hide.
This thriller is a great treat for anyone who loves beautiful locales and has a strong appreciation for art history. Plus, it features Johnny Depp doing his best impression of an American tourist. Seeing this famous heartthrob fumbling around Rome is sure to bring out some laughs as you see the hilarious side of travel mishaps.
Locations featured: Italy
I’m not sure why Jumper isn’t on more lists of movies that inspire people to travel but it definitely deserves a spot. It tells the story of a young man named David Rice who discovers he can teleport across long distances and also visit past memories from his location–something which comes in super handy when evading authorities on the chase.
This science fiction action by Doug Liman packs a lot of humor into its fast-paced storyline that will keep you on your toes throughout the movie. It’s also perfect for anyone who wants to graduate from watching rom-coms or dramas and try something more action-packed but still incredibly fun at the same time.
Locations featured: Toronto & Peterborough Canada, New York & Ann Arbor USA, Rome Italy, Tokyo Japan, and Prague Czechia.
The Bucket List (2007)
Two men who are staring down death discover they have just a few months to live and decide they want to go out with a bang.
They set out on the adventure of their lives, traveling everywhere from California to Egypt, creating memories that last beyond their own final days–leaving behind lasting impressions on everyone they meet along the way too. Amongst these adventures is an encounter with Morgan Freeman himself as he teaches them what life is really about before it’s gone.
This incredible movie starring two Hollywood icons will inspire you to stop wishing your time away and start living it. If you’re looking for a comedy mixed with drama then this is definitely one worth watching soon!
Locations featured: India, France, Egypt, China, USA
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
After his girlfriend, Sarah Marshall dumps him for a rockstar, Peter tries to get his life back together in Hawaii. After a failed attempt at getting over the breakup, he runs into all of Sarah’s friends who are vacationing in Hawaii and realizes what a fool he has been. He embarks on a Hawaiian adventure filled with new faces and fun personalities that will help him forget about Sarah Marshall.
This comedy is great for anyone looking to take some time off from work or studies to relax and have fun. Watching Peter do crazy things when left alone will make you realize even when you’re on vacation, it really is possible to have too much of a good thing.
Locations featured: Hawaii
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
This romantic comedy is based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, who also wrote the screenplay. The story follows a young couple very much in love with each other but forced to deny their relationship due to cultural differences. They go through all kinds of difficulties when Nick’s family finds out he has been dating an American Chinese woman without telling them.
Nick’s mother is disgusted her son would date someone so culturally different and tries everything she can think of to break them up. But nothing she tries seems to work, and after a lot of trials and tribulations love conquers all.
This refreshing romantic comedy is great for anyone who has ever had to fight for what they believe in or stand up for themselves when someone is being unfair.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
After graduating from college Andy takes on her first job working at one of New York’s biggest fashion magazines, and while settling into her job, she’s given tasks much beyond her level of expertise.
Struggling to please the demanding editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestly played by Meryl Streep, Andy finds out quickly that fashion is a much different world from the one she thought it was when she took this job.
Andy learns to grow a thick skin and fall in love with a career she never thought she would even be interested in learning about let alone loving. With a heart-warming performance from Anne Hathaway, this delightful comedy is perfect for anyone who has ever had to overcome challenges or find themselves being pushed to their limits at work.
Locations featured: New York
The Beach (2000)
Leonard is an unhappy traveler, constantly moving from place to place without finding a place to call home. Until a chance encounter with a fellow traveler gives him the perfect travel buddy and sends them both on an adventure he’ll never forget.
After arriving in Thailand Leonard meets Daffy who immediately becomes his best friend. They go together to check out one of the most beautiful beaches they’ve ever seen but are told by the locals it’s completely off-limits due to dangerous wildlife living there. Still determined, they make their way through the dense jungle until they find what appears to be paradise right in front of their eyes.
But things aren’t always as they seem…
This movie is a great one for anyone who loves to travel and fears feeling lonely in a new place. It proves that happiness comes in all shapes and sizes whether you’re in a bustling city or a remote beach in Thailand.
Locations featured: Thailand
A young woman named Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon, who’s just lost everything and in a last-ditch effort to turn her life around Cheryl decides to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail–something that’ll take months of time and unimaginable physical strength.
Along the way, she meets some interesting people including a woman named Bobbi who is suffering from severe depression too and uses hiking as her own form of therapy. The two women become friends and after completing their journey Cheryl finds so much more than just an escape from reality.
If you haven’t seen this one already then add it to your list today! A lot of the best movies to come out in recent years are based on true stories and this one will inspire you more than any movie has ever done before.
Locations featured: Shot in Oregon and California.
If you’re looking for a movie with the power to inspire you to travel, then this list has got you covered. From movies about exploring new worlds to stories of overcoming all odds, these films will have you hooked in no time.
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