Here you have a list of great travel movies. In some, traveling is the main topic. In others, traveling is involved.
What it’s exactly a travel movie after all? Two people would not agree.
One thing a travel movie should have is that it should make you want to travel or change your life somehow.
You will find different styles of movies for different kinds of people.
Choose your type and enjoy it!
Feel the wanderlust!
Is it a travel movie? For me, definitely! It reminds me a lot of when I was working in a bank.
I decided to leave everything behind and go to see the world.
A man working in an ungrateful company imagines a different life to escape reality.
A daydreamer who finally finds the courage to live his dreams.
It takes you to Greenland, Iceland, and Afghanistan.
Like any movie, it’s more enjoyable on a big screen.
Have you ever felt that you wanted to completely escape from society?
To go away where nobody knows you or there is in fact, nobody?
I have. I do sometimes, still.
This movie makes you think twice about what’s normal and what’s not.
Chris is a guy who wants to let go of his comfortable life and submerge himself in the wild.
He starts in West Virginia, USA, and travels all the way up to Alaska.
Based on a true story.
When I watched the movie called “The Beach”, several years ago, I liked it but didn’t fully understand it.
It was only after years backpacking that I could totally appreciate the meaning behind it.
A guy hungry for adventure travels to Thailand. He will start a journey to find a secret beach.
DiCaprio perfectly represents the feeling that you get after being enjoying traveling like crazy.
Only a great actor like him could say so much without words.
The face that DiCaprio has at the end deserves an Oscar Award by itself. I will not give you any more details.
To be honest, I can’t watch this part without getting emotional. It brings many memories to my mind.
I hope you have –or will have– many amazing experiences that will stay with you forever.
A popular travel movie and travel book.
Liz Gilbert thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career.
Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her.
Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India, and Bali.
Memoir of Liz Gilbert.
Cheryl is driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother, the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior.
She decides to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again.
With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and only her own willpower, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail –one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails.
Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian girl called Robyn is craving for solitude.
She embarks on a nearly 2,000 miles solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean
On the way, she interacts with several hostile characters, and animals.
Base on a true story.
This movie reminds me of the time I spent in Australia. Even, if I did her journey on a bus. I didn’t have camels.
An American father travels to France to retrieve the body of his estranged son, who died while attempting the pilgrimage to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela.
He resolves to undertake the journey himself, in an effort to understand both himself and his son.
It’s a powerful and inspirational story about the challenges we face in life.
Trying to understand things that don’t have an easy explanation.
What would you do if a doctor told you that you had a 10% chance of living?
That happens to Ben. He has been diagnosed with cancer.
With a grim chance of survival in the best-case scenario even if he immediately begins treatment.
He, instead, decides to take a motorcycle trip from Toronto through the Canadian prairies to British Columbia.
It makes you reconsider what’s important and what’s not.
Don’t wait until something like this happens to you to do it.
A little Indian boy called Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from his home and family.
Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple.
Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories and his unwavering determination, he returns to India trying to try to find his lost Indian family.
Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley.
Hector, a psychiatrist, feels he is a fraud for dispensing recommendations to patients who never seem to improve or get any happier.
Hector leaves everything behind to start a journey to research happiness.
His adventure will take him to China, Africa, and the USA.
What makes you happy?
The main character of this movie makes me realize how lucky I am.
Because something like this never happened to me something like this. And it easily could have.
I could be dead. You too. Do you know that?
Let’s enjoy life.
While Aron Ralston is exploring a remote canyon in Utah he gets trapped.
And… I can’t tell you anything else. Just remember to tell your family and friends your itinerary. I will remember too.
Based on a true story.
High school graduated Conner Layne is about to marry his first love.
In a turn of events, he decides to go solo to Nicaragua to have an adventure.
His plan is to come back home after a short trip. But, a couple challenges him to cross the Panama jungle into Colombia.
It starts a bit silly but please, gives it time. Somehow, it captures the backpacker’s lifestyle.
Adventure Travel Movies
Two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.
During the expedition a violent snowstorm strikes the mountain, engulfing the climbers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man.
The teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.
There is also a book about it: Into Thin Air.
Biographical adventure movie.
This is not exactly a travel movie. Nevertheless, it will show you some of the most amazing landscapes in the world.
It’s about an FBI agent who chases a group of extreme athletes thieves.
In order to arrest them, he becomes one of them.
You will enjoy awesome scenes, extreme sports, beautiful landscapes, and a good story.
Watch it on a big TV.
A heroically minded survival story tells the possibly true tale of a group of prisoners who fled the Soviet Gulag in 1940 –a remote Siberian labor camp.
Officer Janusz Wieszczek and four others escape through the forest, the first leg of what will be a punishing race against the elements, time, hunger and fear.
They have to face a 4,000-mile trek on foot through the frozen Himalayas before they can be truly free.
This movie teaches you patience, faith, struggle, and struggling for survival.
Comedy Travel Movies
This is not exactly a travel movie either but it’s kind of funny. Especially if you have been to Thailand.
Follow Alan, Stu, and Doug as they travel to Thailand for Stu’s wedding.
The night before the wedding they go to the beach to have a drink and things get out of hand.
The next day they wake up in a room not remembering what happened the night before.
Have you been to India?
Seven British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to exotic and less expensive India.
They are lured by advertisements for a beautiful resort for the elderly.
When they arrive and find that the resort is actually a shell of its former self.
Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.
Using some humor, the movie shows the huge difference between the two cultures.
Different Travel Movies
As they await the birth of their baby, a couple’s journey across America in search of the perfect place to raise their family.
During their journey, they share assorted misadventures and reconnect with old friends and relatives.
The experiences and people they encounter help them define the word home on their own terms.
Would you do this?
The story of a cocky and egocentric Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer, whose attempt to scale a Himalayan peak is interrupted by the Second World War.
After many adventures, he finds himself in Tibet.
There, he befriends the Dalai Lama, gaining maturity and humility.
However, turbulent times lie ahead.
Billionaire Edward and car mechanic Carter are complete strangers until fate lands them in the same hospital room.
The men find they have two things in common:
- They have the need to come to terms with who they are and what they have done with their lives.
- Also a desire to complete a list of things they want to see and do before they die.
Against their doctor’s advice, both men leave the hospital and set out on the adventure of a lifetime.
Moral of the story? You tell me.
Ben, Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state.
Isolated from modern civilization, the parents teach their kids to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic.
Guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature.
The family is forced by circumstances to reintegrate into modern civilization after living in isolation for a decade.
A fight between a natural life on a mountain and the comfort of the city.
You could say this is not a travel movie, and you may be right.
However, it’s a movie that makes you see your everyday activities in a different way.
Amelie takes small things from quotidian life and creates a wonderful story.
It’s a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her.
Travel around 80 different Paris locations.
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ride through Europe, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada, and America.
Despite all these obstacles, they managed to ride more than twenty thousand miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process.
You can watch it on YouTube for free.
Long Way Round – Episode #1 Preparation
After a Long Way Round, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman thought, “why don’t we go a Long Way Down?”
Their 15.000 miles’ route takes them from John O’Groats at the northernmost tip of Scotland to Cape Agulhas on the southernmost tip of South Africa.
You can watch it on YouTube for free.
Long Way Down Episode #1
Samsara is a Tibetan word that means “The ever turning wheel of life”.
Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson create a global travelogue with pictures and music.
You will explore the Himalayas, the American Southwest, European cathedrals, and other beautiful sites.
It’s a beautiful, and slooow documentary. Watch it if you just want to relax and enjoy landscapes.
The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.
The film consists of awesome sights, joy, and sadness, but always in their own way beautiful.
From chaotic cities to barren wilderness with no conventional narrative.
Baraka is another beautiful and slow documentary. You know, relax and enjoy awesome landscapes.
Life in a Day
Life In A Day is a historic film capturing for future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.
It’s made of short videos captured by random people all around the world.
A film comprising an arranged series of video clips selected from 80,000 clips submitted to YouTube video.
It’s interesting if you like to watch people.
This eight-part series will explore the unique and precious miracles of the natural world.
Our Planet –Netflix– uses stunning photography and technology to explore the wild areas of the planet their animal populations, as never before.
This four-year-old production was filmed in 50 countries across all continents, with more than 600 staff members spending more than 3,500 shooting days.
From remote Arctic wilderness to the African landscape or the diverse tropical rainforests of South America.
I am not a fan of documentaries. However, they did a fine job here.
Which is your favorite? Would you add more movies?