We are self confessed movie addicts, as much as we love exploring the great outdoors and having adventures home and away we sometimes love nothing more than sitting in a movie theatre! Sometimes these movies have the power to really move us, to inspire us, to change perspective and also to show us some of the most beautiful places in thew world! Here’s a run down of our favourite films that have inspired us to travel and also in many ways changed our lives!
Grand Budapest Hotel
One of my all time favourite films with one of my favourite ever actors in it; Ralph Fiennes! The incredibly constructed landscapes of fictional “Zubrowka” host this crazy, funny and thought provoking visual masterpiece. The setting, although never confirmed, is reminiscent of the Germanic Alps and really conveys the romance of travelling in this region and the real golden age of travel. It was one of the things that pushed us to head to Switzerland
this year! And of course…it’s named after one of our favourite cities: Budapest.
Secret Life of Walter Mitty
If there is one film to shake you out of your drab existence, make you break out of that trap of a safety net and head off on that dream of an adventure it is this film! In fact this film was one of several influences on us realising life is just too short to put off your dreams and that we should just go for it! This film is about taking action and taking control! Walter Mitty grows tired of his ordinary life and instead sets off on a life changing adventure around the world! Truly inspirational!
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ok, so another Ralph Fiennes film but stick with me here, I’m not just fan girling (well, maybe a little!). But this film must have done more for the Belgian city of Bruges than any tourist brochures or promotions! Two hit men, Ray and Ken are sent over to the beautiful city by orders of their boss, Harry, after a hit goes wrong. Little does Ray know that this trip is supposed to be his last, as Harry orders Ken to take him out…but to give him a treat first by letting him visit such a wonderful city! Things don’t go exactly to plan as their escapades take them around Bruges and in the process make you realise just how stunning it is!
Starring Reese Witherspoon this touching film follows the journey of a young woman both literally and laterally. After Cheryl’s marriage breaks down, her mother dies and years of destructive behaviour begin to take their toll she decides to get up one day and take off. With no experience she hikes over 1000miles alone along the Pacific Crest Trail. The film movingly captures her journey towards healing through turmoil, terror, pleasures and personal experiences. A true testament to the power of travel.
The Sound of Music
An absolute classic set in the most wonderful surroundings. After failing miserably at becoming a nun, Maria decides this life of limitations is not for her! Becoming a governess to the seven mischievous Von Trapp children after the Captain’s wife dies, Maria brings joy, warmth and understanding into the children’s lives. Falling for the Captain herself, but with their relationship considered improper they both begin to question their lives and decisions they have made. Beautiful and inspiring at the same time, I remember being surrounded by the alps whilst stood in the green fields of Gimmelwald
and feeling like I had finally found that amazing spot from that iconic scene!
Lost in Translation
A modern classic this film tells the story of two lost souls who randomly cross paths in Tokyo. Exploring this chaotic, overwhelming and intense city together they form an unusual bond through their shared experiences. They both share the same exacerbation with their lives and yet also bond through their cultural confusion and turn what was a boring and superficial visit into a hilarious and thought provoking look into the meaning of life through the medium of travel. It also portrays a stunning and accurately confusing image of Tokyo
that made us want to take the trip to this mysterious land!
This might at first seem like a strange inclusion, but it was one of my favourite films growing up and it inspired me to make the most of life. From the free bird that is the tormented character of Jenny to the various locations Forrest finds himself in; Vietnam, China, running all the way across the U.S Just because it felt right and of course those iconic scenes in front of the Lincoln memorial in DC. This was the film that made me really dream of seeing the reflecting pool for myself one day and also following my heart and beliefs wherever they take me.
The Yes Man!
A simple idea changes a man’s life. Instead of going through life turning opportunities down and staying at a stand still he decided to say yes to everything and see where the wild ride takes him! It might be a little extreme and maybe not the best advice, but the idea behind it really inspired us to start saying yes at a time when our own lives were becoming stagnant. It was that change that made us take up climbing, that opened up a whole world to us of adventure, travelling and not conforming to norms
…it took us back to the enthusiasm for life and non conformity of our earlier years and we haven’t looked back since!
A young traveller follows a strange map to a secluded island in Thailand and in the process finds what appears to be paradise and a way of living that is totally off the grid. Despite things taking a turn for the worst for the travellers in the film, it still inspires thousands each year to the islands of Thailand and South East Asia in search of that laid back lifestyle in stunning surroundings. This film was one of the first I watched as a young teenager that opened me up to the idea of backpacking and travelling. Before then I never knew the concept even existed, it was wild, free and adventurous and I knew that I wanted to experience some of that one day!
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
This trilogy alongside it’s prequel of the Hobbit are inspirational for travellers on many levels. Despite being set in a fictional world of Middle Earth the majority of these movies were filmed in the directors home country of New Zealand. Sweeping vistas, awesome mountains and one epic journey encountering different cultures and landscapes. JRR Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost” and this truly resonates with the adventurer inside all of us. It also made us dream of visiting New Zealand, exploring the picturesque lakes, jagged peaks, beautiful meadows and meandering glaciers!
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
What are your favourite travel related films?
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