Top 10 must watch travel movies !

While it may not always be possible to travel, a movie is the best way to transport you to foreign lands, live the adventures of the protagonist, inspire you and make you want to backpack and leave right away.

These movies are a must watch for every travel lover. It is imperative that you get started with the movies below right away if you are not one. Your idea of travelling might just get a new pair of eyes and a liberal head.

 

The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

 

1. Tracks

Tracks

 

What and Where?

The true story of Robyn Davidson who goes on 1700 mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and a dog. Leaving back her life in the city, she sets on a life journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she meets National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan who begins to photograph her voyage.

For the journey through the long and endless desert and Mia.

Quote:

The trip wasn’t conceived as an adventure in the sense of something to be proved or conquered. And when people asked me why I’m doing it, my usual answer is,why not.

2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Tracks

What and Where?

This is one of my favourite movies and can be very relatable to someone who sits in one’s office and daydreams or ‘zones out’ into their own world thinking of travel and other adventures.

This feel-good movie takes you though less inhabited Greenland to the volcanoes of Iceland and the mountains of Himalayas in Afghanistan.

For adventure, hope, ‘Step out’, Ben Stiller and Cheryl singing ‘Space Oddity’to Walter Mitty stirring him to take the leap.

Quote:

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.

3. One Week

One Week

What and Where?

Ben Tyler is a teacher of Literature in high school. He goes on a motorcycle trip all by himself after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer (you can leave now) and comes to learn more about himself, life and relationships.

For the quiet and beautiful roads of Canada and the search for the meaning of life.

Quote:

To strive, To seek, To find, And not to yield.

4. The Beach

One Week

What and Where?

Richard, an American travels all the way to Bangkok where he learns of a map to a secret and uninhabited island. Together with a French couple, he sets out to find it where he has more adventures waiting for him.

For white beaches, staying raw and Leonardo of course.

Quote:

Never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience.

5. Into the Wild

Into the Wild

What and Where?

The true story of Christopher ‘Supertramp’ McCandless who leaves behind his possessions, burns up his money and hitchhikes North America to Alaska on his dream to live in the wild. He has over time become a ‘cult’ figure and an inspiration for nomadic living. Though some of the decisions he made were questioned.

For inspiration and what it means to be free.

Quote:

If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.

6. Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien

What and Where?

A Mexican road trip of two boys accompanied by an older woman, this journey is about raging hormones, youth, friendships and coming of age.

For the roads of Mexico, youth, Luisa and Gael Garcia Bernal

(**Parental guidance advised)

Quote:

Life is like the surf, so give yourself away like the sea.

7. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

What and Where?

A long-awaited road trip of three school friends finally takes places in Spain where each of them has planned an adventure sport for the group.

For everlasting friendships, conquering your fears, love with life, adventure and Spain. 

Quote:

Seize the day my friend. First live this day completely. Then think about retirement.

8. Seven Years in Tibet

Seven Years in Tibet

What and Where?

Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian climber breaks out of prison and travels to Lhasa, capital of Tibet. It is here that he learns of the culture and lifestyle of the people and becomes a friend to Dalai Lama.

For mountains, survival, extraordinary Tibet, spirituality, Buddhism and Brad Pitt.

Quote:

We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, worrying will do no good.

9. Wild

Wild

What and Where?

Cheryl Strayed embarks the 1,100 miles long Pacific Crest trail in hopes of finding ways to cope with her mother’s death, her experimentation with drugs and her divorce.

For the long and beautiful Pacific Crest trail, meaning of backpacking, mother’s love and Reese Witherspoon.  

Quote:

I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.

10. The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries

What and Where?

In 1952, Ernesto Guevera, popularly known as ‘Che’ and Alberto Granado set out on their epic motorcycle trip to Latin America where Che finds his true calling in life.

For the road trip, sneak peek into Che’s epic adventures and his life calling, exotic Latin America and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Quote:

What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two; melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.

Why is travelling so important !

10 hours of work, 8 of sleep and the rest lost in between. Is this what you were looking for or imagined to spend your days like?

While the oil may not have spilt for many of us, we have but forgotten to notice the Persian tapestries and the garden that the Master of Gardeners took years to create. (read: two drops of oil)

Well, I can give you thousands of reason to travel. In fact, if you ask me, for most of the problems the solution can be travel.

So why is travelling so important?

1. PERSPECTIVE

Things change when you leave the familiar faces and places that you see every day. You get to know that people may have a completely different approach to life which may not match yours. It may change your own views and life may never be the same again.
One thing is for sure – it is going to transform in a way you have not known.

Perspective- Why travelling is so important

2. BREAK

Daily routine life can suck in life out of anybody. Doing the same thing over and over makes one mentally tired. Setting foot in distant lands gives a much-needed break to your mind. You realize there is much more to life. Stay in a remote place and try doing ‘nothing’. Remember ‘Leisure‘ by W.H.Davies?

Break- Why travelling is so important

3. ADVENTURE

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
-Helen Keller

But who pays heed to what Keller has to convey! I see most people planning every hour/day of their journey and any kind of deviation annoys them. Let the journey take over and be ready for the unknown. Adventure would be around the corner. Try adventure activities that scare you. Take that plunge mate.

Adventure- Why travelling is so important

4. KNOWLEDGE

Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.

The best form of learning happens when you are out there in the open experiencing things and talking to strangers that you will never learn in any organization. Travel teaches you economics, geography, politics, history, psychology and philosophy in the most natural and raw form no class can.

Knowledge- Why travelling is so important

5. NATURE – Its vastness and beauty

When you hit the road you realize that it just goes on. From cities to towns, villages, stretches of barren land, deserts, mountains. It just goes on. The more you travel, the more you become cognizant of the vastness of the lands and seas and how little you know.

Mesmerizing landscapes, expansive nothingness, architectural wonders. It can give you a picture for every thought and emotion.

What are you waiting for?

Nature- Why travelling is so important

6. PATIENCE

Things may always not go in the manner you have wanted. Delays, weather, uncontrollable events. You may crib in the beginning as I used to or you can learn to be patient. Eventually, if you have travelled much, you will learn the art of composure in those situations. Just sit back and enjoy the time.

On a somewhat related note, I once tried to enter into an Omelette shop in Mussorie and to my amusement, the shopkeeper restricted me and told me to wait. There was a 1-hour queue outside the shop which I had failed to notice. In 70 minutes my taste buds experienced the best cheese omelette in the country.
See! the reward of being patient.

Patience- Why travelling is so important

 

7. FITNESS/HEALTH

Hiking is an important aspect of travel. While trekking will increase your stamina and fitness, you will enjoy a better state of mind which is equally important as physical. Start hiking now so that you can enjoy your fitness and not behave like ’50s in your 20’s and 30’s.

It can start small. Read Treks near Delhi for beginners

Fitness - Why travelling is so important

Though words can move one, for travelling it is imperative that you just start. Once you have, you will need no other stimulus.  Travel itself will inspire to travel more and will egg you on to discover roads less travelled and mountains less climbed.