11 Breathtaking Movies That Will Inspire You To Travel The World

Movie night can take you places you’ve never been before. An adventure movie can take you into the thick of the action, whilst a rom-com can make you laugh and cry throughout. But, then there are travel movies that inspire the explorer in you.

They make you want to visit places around the world you have never seen before.

11 Breathtaking Movies that Will Inspire You to Travel the World

The very best travel films make you dream of escaping. They make your feet itch, ready for an adventure. And they transport you from the comfort of your living room to landscapes far and wide.

There are films that can inspire a short weekend getaway and there are those that make you want to travel the whole world for years! And, travel movies come with all kinds of plots and stories.

Some follow a solo character, traveling from one place to another, learning valuable life lessons along the way.

There are also others where the main characters are in exotic locations throughout, going about whatever business they need to do.

Today, we want to inspire you to get off the couch and onto a plane. So, here are our favorite breathtaking travel movies to inspire you to pack your bags and see the world! 

Best Travel Movies That Will Inspire You To Travel The World

Eat Pray Love

We start with the journey of Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love. This movie follows her quest for self-discovery and recovery throughout various iconic places in the world.

Gilbert enjoys the finest foods in Rome and finds inner peace in India, before falling madly in love in Bali. Just one watch of this movie will make you want to follow in her footsteps.

The same goes if you read the book. In fact, there are many Eat Pray Love fans who have done exactly that and followed Gilbert’s footsteps and taken that leap of faith to travel the world. 

This is a perfect film if you’re in need of a little self-care and something to make you feel warm inside. 

Lost In Translation 

Set in Tokyo, Lost in Translation follows Bill Murray, a movie star, and Scarlett Johansson, a lonely, young woman. If you love city life and the hustle and bustle that comes with it, you are spoiled with this movie.

This Sofia Coppola masterpiece sees everyone lost in translation, both literally and figuratively speaking.

The plot itself is artistic and incredible but it’s the soundtrack that wins many fans over. Just listening to the soundtrack alone will inspire you to make a change in your life.

It all comes to a head with that iconic goodbye scene. An exercise in empathy, Lost in Translation is a funny, sweet, and often melancholic movie that will surely make you want to get lost in translation in Tokyo one day. 

Into The Wild

This is one of the most heart-wrenching, emotional movies ever made. And, made more so that it was based on a true story and taken from an outstanding book.

Into the Wild follows Chris McCandless, a young man who decided to leave everyone and everything to hitchhike to Alaska. His aim? To live peacefully in the wild alone.

As you can probably expect, McCandless is a little eccentric and wild in his own way. Although following his dreams, the movie shows that not everything always goes as planned.

And, whilst his wild living ambitions are a struggle, something about the film inspires a sense of wanderlust and makes you feel like heading into the wild (but maybe not hitchhiking to Alaska!)

As with any good travel movie, the protagonist teaches the viewer a few valuable lessons about following our dreams. 


This animated movie is about an old man, a talking dog, and a flying house. Okay, this may not sound like the best plot you’ll ever see but this Pixar masterpiece has it all.

Up is a charming, feel-good movie and one that can build a sense of courage in those watching. After all, the old man picks up his house using balloons and travels to various places (of course, with adventure along the way).

This is one of the best-animated travel movies to inspire you to travel, and teaches us that important lesson – you’re never too old to follow your travel dreams. 

Before Sunrise 

The first movie in a trilogy, Before Sunrise follows Ethan Hawke and Juliette Binoche as they meet on a train. From here, they decide to get off in Vienna. The rest, as they say, is history.

The whole trilogy occurs over several decades and takes us to many countries across the world.

Not only do we travel to these places but we follow the character’s life journeys. And, we try to find out whether there is such a thing as a true soul mate.

Heartwarming and visually beautiful, Before Sunrise is one you must watch with your suitcase open next to you.

National Lampoon’s European Vacation

We go from a deep, meaningful, artistic movie to the wacky world of the Griswolds in this 1985 comedy classic. 

National Lampoon’s European Vacation sees Chevy Chase and his family travel to Paris, London, and Bavaria with endless mishaps along the way.

Although an overly silly movie, it’s super fun to watch with the family, and who knows? It may inspire you to go on your own road trip!

The Darjeeling Limited

In The Darjeeling Limited, we travel to India and watch three brothers travel by train throughout the countryside.

This movie has inspired countless people to visit India and we’re pretty sure it will have the same effect on you. You’ll want to see the towns, temples, and wonderful landscapes the brothers experience in the movie.

However, don’t expect the train rides to be quite as glamorous in real life as in this movie world! 

If you’ve ever been interested in visiting India, this is a must-watch!

The Motorcycle Diaries 

The Motorcycle Diaries is a movie based on real events. It follows two friends traveling through South America on their motorcycles. These friends are Alberto Granado and someone you may have heard of before – Ernesto “Che” Guevara. 

Rather than focusing on the political side of Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries is all about breathtaking beauty and its fair share of dramatic happenings.

This movie is about a truly life-changing time in the two friends’ lives, and, in reality, it follows a journey that may have changed history, too. 

L’auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)

Have you ever wanted to study abroad? Well, L’auberge Espagnole or The Spanish Apartment in English will probably tip you over the edge to do just that. 

In the movie, a French man called Xavier moves to Barcelona in order to learn Spanish.

Here, he finds an apartment to stay in with six other people, all from different places across Europe. From here, friendships are made with many funny moments.

L’auberge Espagnole teaches us that language should never be a barrier. Although they all speak different languages, they bond and make great friendships with great hilarity.

Most importantly, though, the movie shows how just one year abroad can change your perspective on life and your actual life itself completely. 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

There is no movie quite like The Grand Budapest Hotel (well, apart from other Wes Anderson masterpieces!) But, out of all his movies, this is the one that will inspire you to travel the most.

Partly filmed in Karlovy Vary, a town in the Czech Republic, the scenery and visuals of this film are truly breathtaking. Just one or two shots will have you earning for travel, so you better start looking for that passport right now! 

This movie doesn’t only give you the travel bug but it makes you want to visit the golden age of those grand, elegant hotels.

So, if you love that particular time in history and need some travel inspiration, The Grand Budapest Hotel should be on your “to-watch” list. 


We finish our list with Cheryl Strayed’s story. Strayed walked over 1,100 miles throughout the west coast of the United States to help her get over a tragic life event. 

Based on Strayed’s book, we see Reese Witherspoon portray the author and almost spontaneously take on this adventure of a lifetime. 

The movie follows her for more than 90 days as she attempts to beat all the odds. It’s worth noting that Strayed had no previous hiking experience or even the right supplies. All she wanted was to get her life back on track. 

If you want something inspirational, Wild is the one for you. It also offers almost two hours of mouth-watering scenery in beautiful California. 

In Summary 

Whether you want to take a hike through the great outdoors or feel like taking a gap year abroad, these travel movies will certainly inspire you to get packing.

Just be warned – once you catch that travel bug, you’ll never get rid of it!

Mylene Mace