Winter has arrived to Sweden and… Ugh. I’m depressed. It’s dark all the time, it’s cold and I’m constantly walking around with a runny nose. But it’s also the perfect time to sit at home, watch movies and daydream about traveling. Because that’s basically all I do.
There’s a few travel movies that stand out more to me though. I’ve watched them probably a couple of times already and I never have a problem rewatching it. In fact, they sometimes even get better then! So if you’re having some serious wanderlust right now and need inspiration (or you’re stuck in a warm house waiting for winter to pass like me), check out my favourite movies that inspires me to travel.
I love this movie. I didn’t have a lot of expectations though when I saw it and I hadn’t read the book, but there was something that just made me relate to the main character so much. Not the whole drug part though, hehe. I didn’t really like her in the beginning, but she just grew on me. Just like the movie. The more I saw, the more I loved about it. Wild is incredibly beautiful, both the story and the cinematography. It just makes me wanna throw on my hiking boots and go on a long journey by myself. I can rewatch it over and over again, and each time it brings up different kinds of emotions. PS. The book is just as good (if not better!).
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
I have to be honest, the first time I watched it, I really didn’t get it. I was like “… The hell?”. But one day, I decided to give it another chance. And now, it’s one of my favourite travel movies. Not because it’s necessarily about traveling, but you get some incredible shots of Iceland and after seeing this movie, it’ll be impossible for you not go there. Moreover, I really loved the whole storyline and the depth of the movie. Once I understand what it really is about, it all just made sense. And it made the movie so much better.
Diarios de Motocicleta (2004)
The Motorcycle Diaries has been a favourite of mine for ages. I absolutely adore Gael Garcia Bernal and that was the reason why I watched it. It’s a biopic of 23 year old Ernesto Guevara who motorcycled across South America with his friend. When I watched it, I didn’t think of it as a political movie but more as a “coming-of-age” and how traveling kinda forces you to grow up and see things you don’t necessarily wanna see. It changes you, whether you like it or not. Whenever I miss South America, I rewatch this gem.
Lost in Translation (2003)
You either love or hate this movie. I obviously love it. There’s something so genuine about this movie that makes you either more hopeful or hopeless. Tokyo is both depicted as a sad and happy place, but in the end it’s more of a love story to this city. Sofia Coppola did, after all, visit Tokyo several times and created a strong bond to this city. I also remember my Tokyo experience. In one way, it felt so inviting, but in the other, you really do feel like an outsider, lost in translation. Either way, if you’ve ever considered traveling to Tokyo, I say: GO! It’s one of the coolest cities in the world and this movie will definitely peak your interest.
This underrated little gem isn’t one of those Hollywood Blockbuster movies, but it’s an Australian movie about the birth of the surf industry in the 1970s. The movie isn’t necessarily about traveling, but all that Australian nature certainly makes you consider going there. I really like this movie because it’s easy to watch, it’s interesting, I love the surf action in the movie and… Xavier Samuel is in it. He’s definitely easy on the eyes, not gonna lie.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Oh, I love this little indie flick. It makes me so happy, yet sad because of the competition (those who’ve seen it knows what I’m referring to). But overall, it’s a cute movie that’s perfect for those dark nights where you just want a bit of sunshine. It makes me want to go on a road trip myself.
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
Just as obsessed I am with Gael Garcia Bernal, I am with Diego Luna. So I had absolutely no problem watching this rom com flick (even though it was reaaaallyyyy cheesy). What surprised me is that it’s actually good! It’s your typical romantic movie where girl meets boy, falls in love and some trouble begins. But what helps is that it’s in CUBA! And there’s lots of dancing… and Diego Luna dancing… And… Did I mention Diego Luna?! I still haven’t gone to Cuba, but this movie really did spark my interest in going there. Hope Diego is there though.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
I’m a bit hesitant to put this one up because I don’t really wanna support Woody Allen… But I also really like this flick (argghh). It makes you love Paris even more! It’s a fun, easy movie to watch and I’m all for those shots of charming Paris. Swoon.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Okay, this one is maybe a bit weird, but it takes place in Paris as well and I’m a sucker for that city so anything with Paris, I love. But I actually do really like this movie too and I loved the book when I first read it. Just don’t take it too literally, like many people have done. It’s a highly entertaining movie that takes place in Paris. What’s not to love?