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Movies About Traveling That Will Make You Want to Go Now

Updated on July 7, 2019
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I love movies about traveling that showcase wondrous locations across the globe. Hope these movies inspire you to travel the world.

Sometimes, watching movies can take us to different places as the stories progress and settings change since many of them were shot on location. Movies about traveling leave their mark on audiences particularly the epic and remarkable places where the stories unfold.

I hope these movies about traveling inspire you to not just watch them, but also to travel the world and discover new destinations.

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man in wilderness | Source


Samsara is a documentary filmed in 5 continents, 25 countries, and took nearly 5 years to complete. The film transports audiences to the diverse worlds of sacred grounds, industrial complexes, natural wonders, and disaster zones.


Reese Witherspoon played the role of a solo hiker who trekked 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail as a way to recover from the death of her mother. Her character crosses the Mojave, wild forests, snowy fields, and muddy trails - and even losing toenails along the way - but also gaining mental clarity.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild is based on a true story of a college graduate named Christopher McCandless who gave away his life savings to charity and hitchhiked to Australia to live in the wilderness.

Samsara will give you a different and interesting perspective about countries and cultures across the globe. A Must-see!

Tokyo street
Tokyo street | Source

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation is the story of two travelers - an aging actor and a neglected young wife - who met in Tokyo and became friends. The film showed how interesting and funny traveling can be especially in a non-English speaking country.

Central Station

The story of a former school teacher and an orphan young boy in search for the latter's father is told in the Central Station. Set in Brazil, the story takes the audience to the semi-desert, arid area of this country that is quite far from the flashy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

The Motorcycle Diaries

Based on the memoirs of Che Guevarra (before he became a revolutionary in Latin America) and his friend who rode a motorbike across South America for eight months. The duo covered Miramar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Venezuela, Caracas, Machu Picchu, Patagonia, Atacama Desert and Nahuel Huapi Lake.

surfer at the beach
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The Endless Summer

Considered as the crown jewel of Bruce Brown's ten years’ worth of surfing documentaries, The Endless Summer is the story of two young surfers who traveled around the world in search of the perfect wave.

180° South

180° South is another travel and adventure documentary about a group of people who traveled to South America in the spirit of their heroes. If you love Patagonia, stunning views, and great music, this is the movie to watch.

The Endless Summer movie takes us to wondrous beaches!

Paris, France
Paris, France | Source

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris is the story of a nostalgic screenwriter (played by Owen Wilson) who finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920's, every day at the stroke of midnight. If you love Paris, Woody Allen films and the arts, this film is for you.


Amélie is a heartfelt, feel-good movie about an imaginative girl in Paris who one day decided to help those around her and found love along the way. The scenes take place in a Paris cafe, around the metro, at the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur, and shots of other stunning landscapes.

Darjeeling, Himalayan Railway
Darjeeling, Himalayan Railway | Source

Hit the Road: India

Hit the Road: India is a travel and adventure documentary about two friends who joined in a 12-day rickshaw rally from Mumbai to Chennai. The movie was recognized by Lonely Planet as among the top 10 great adventures of 2012.

The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited is a comedy film about three spoiled brothers who reunited and traveled across India via overland train a year after their father's funeral. All three are suffering from depression and everything's going wrong at the beginning. The healing process starts to happen when crazy experiences put things into perspective.

Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany, Italy | Source

Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun is a romantic movie about a woman who impulsively buys a Tuscan villa with the hopes of changing her life. Anyone who wants a break from the hustle and bustle of city life will enjoy the Tuscan sceneries, wines, and food in this movie.

Thelma & Louise

One of America's best buddy road trip movies of all time is Thelma & Louise. This is the story of a housewife and a waitress who shot a rapist and took off in a 1966 Thunderbird, and got into trouble with the law, complete with police car chase. The move was predominantly shot in the states of California and Utah.

Easy Rider

Easy Rider was released in the year of the Woodstock Festival in the 60's and it was played in a travelogue format. The story follows Wyatt and Billy on their drug-and-alcohol-fueled adventure from Mexico to LA to New Orleans.

If watching any of these movies about traveling doesn't make you want to pack your bags and get on the next flight, I don't know what does.

© 2019 ChelletL


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    • ChelletL profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from Southern Luzon, PH

      That's great! Tuscany is in my bucket list. Hope to visit one day.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      10 months ago

      You're welcome. I did a Google and found a 2014 article, "Great numbers for Tourism in Tuscany" that claims Tuscan tourism was on the rise.

    • ChelletL profile imageAUTHOR


      10 months ago from Southern Luzon, PH

      Hi @robertsacchi, I do hope these movies made impact and inspired more people to travel and enjoy the experience of being in a different country. Endless Summer is a classic. Thanks for dropping by =)

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      Robert Sacchi 

      10 months ago

      A varied array of travel movies. I remember seeing Endless Summer in a drive-in theater. I wonder if any of these movies made an impact on travel or road trip habits after their release. Thank you for posting and welcome to HubPages.


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