Last month, we listed ten movies that make you think twice about travel. This collection of films encouraged its watchers to stay the hell at home and firmly close their travel guidebooks behind them. On the other end of the scale, though, there are movies that inspire people to start planning their holidays. This is a list for all those that have either been inspired to visit a country after seeing it on the big screen or those that are seeking some inspiration for their next holiday plans. As while travel may have its ups and downs; it ultimately leads to a happy ending:
The Beach (2000)
Based on the popular Alex Garland novel, Richard (Leonardo Di Caprio) travels to Thailand where he comes into the possession of a strange map. There are rumors that it leads to a beach paradise which he puts his mind to find at all costs.
Why you should travel: Many travelers dream of finding that ultimate undiscovered destination, you never know it might just happen to you..
Recreate the experience: The beach was filmed on the Thai island of Ko Phi Phi, which is just a 45-minute journey from Phuket. Since the film was released the island is definitely not what you’d call undiscovered however it’s still very beautiful (if a little crowded).
Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
After a bad divorce, Elizabeth (Julia Roberts) takes a year out of her life to travel the world and find herself by eating Italian food, meditating and dating Javier Bardem.
Why you should travel: Elizabeth traveled to find herself and put her life into perspective. If like Elizabeth, you’ve been through a recent tough time then travel could be just what you need (and you never know you might even meet your very own Javier Bardem..)
Recreate the experience: Elizabeth started the “eat” part of her journey in Rome, where she snacked on pizza by the Piazza Navona. For “pray” she visited an unnamed ashram in India, whilst the final chapter of her journey, “love”, was spent in Bali.
Before Sunrise (1995)
A young man (Ethan Hawke) meets a young French woman on a train in Europe. They spent one unforgettable night together before going their separate ways.
Why you should travel: Who knows who you may end up meeting on your travels, be it a holiday fling or the love of your life.
Recreate the experience: Book a flight to Austria and wander around Vienna by moonlight with that special someone.
Roman Holiday (1953)
A sheltered princess (Audrey Hepburn) escapes from her minders in Rome and falls in love with a charming American news reporter (Gregory Peck).
Why you should travel: Travelling is a great way to try new experiences and to get out of your comfort zone.
Recreate the experience: Channel Audrey’s classic look with a white shirt and a neck scarf and convince a willing partner to rent a Vespa and drive you around some of Rome’s most famous sights.
Thelma and Louise (1991)
Louise, a waitress (Susan Sarandon) from Arkansas and Thelma (Geena Davis), a housewife take a girl’s road-trip which goes wrong – but proves their loyalty and love for one another.
Why you should travel: Is there anything more liberating than hitting the open road with a good friend – especially one who can protect you from bad guys?
Recreate the experience: Thelma and Louise drove from Arkansas to Arizona, passing through Oklahoma. Rent a classic car and discover some of the highlights of Roadside America (although you might want to skip the bit at the end).
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
The dramatization of the motorcycle trip that Che Guevara took during his youth, which showed him his life’s calling.
Why you should travel: If the film’s setting doesn’t entice you to visit South America, then the possibility of finding your calling in a beautiful country is surely worth taking a trip.
Recreate the experience: Che traveled from Bolivia to Argentina in the movie. However, if you want to find out more about the man behind the movie, your best bet is to visit Cuba.
The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)
Proving that even bargain holidays can be fun if you’re traveling with the right people, the hit UK comedy sees four teenage boys head to Malia to celebrate the end of school.
Why you should travel: The first holiday abroad without parents is a rite of passage that all teenagers should experience.
Recreate the Experience: Although it was set in Malia, Crete, The Inbetweeners Movie was actually filmed in Magaluf, Majorca. Both of these are excellent locations for a celebratory first-time holiday with friends.
Up in the Air (2009)
Ryan (George Clooney) travels around America firing people for a living. Ryan lives a VVIP Airmiles lifestyle, hopping from plane to plane. Then the unquestionable happens and he is fired from his job.
Why you should travel: Who wouldn’t want ten million frequent flyer miles on their account? The film shows some of the benefits that come with regular travel – first-class upgrades, extra Airmiles and a personalized service – which is quite frankly is enough of an incentive to travel even more!
Recreate the experience: It doesn’t matter where you go, just go and start earning those Airmiles!
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
A mountain climber (Brad Pitt) travels to Tibet at the time the Chinese are taking it over and becomes unlikely buddies with the Dalai Lama.
Why you should travel: Travelling is a great way to meet inspirational people. While you’re unlikely to befriend the actual Dalai Lama, there are many incredible people that you could end up meeting, be that your friendly tour guide brought up in a Cambodian village, or an Indian holy man.
Recreate the experience: The film may inspire you to visit Tibet but it was actually completely filmed in the Argentinian Andes. Both places are excellent for mountain-climbing and make great travel destinations.
The Bucket List (1997)
Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and set off on a road-trip with a list of things to do before they die.
Why you should travel: Life is short and by travelling you can make sure that you’re making the most of your time on earth. Whether you wish is to see the Northern Lights before you pop your clogs, or you want to swim with sharks in South Africa, the only way to achieve these wishes is by travelling there!
Recreate the experience: Edward and Carter have lots of different things on their bucket list from “laugh till I cry” to “kiss the most beautiful girl in the world”. However, everyone’s list will be different so why not create your own and make sure it’s all been ticked off when your time comes?