Julie & Julia – Paris, France
Not only does this movie star the great Meryl Streep and one of the most versatile actresses around, Amy Adams, this movie is about travel and blogging.
It follows the life of Julia Child during her time in Paris and cuts throughout to present day in New York.
Modern day follows Julie Powell, who blogged about cooking her way through the Julia Child Cookbook.
Meryl Streep's Julia loved Paris so much that she made you believe that it was the most desirable place on earth.
This movie cannot be watched on an empty stomach, and you must have a fine glass of wine in your hand.
It makes you crave French cuisine and a life of decadence in France. It is my favourite travel movie. Besides, Meryl Streep can do no wrong.
Out of Africa – Africa
If you want another Meryl Streep vehicle that is often considered one of the best travel movies, you should try Out of Africa.
Out of Africa takes place in a different time, but it captures the heart of Africa beautifully.
Meryl Streep is a married baroness in love with big game hunter Robert Redford.
Their love can never happen and is doomed to fail, but their chemistry is unmistakable.
She falls in love with Africa and you will fall in love with it too. The cinematography is outstanding.
It won 7 Oscars including Best Picture and yes, Best Cinematography.
Up in the Air – Airports and Hotels Across America
This movie is a film of contrasts.
While it makes you love the idea of travel, it shows the emptiness that the life of a vagabond can lead to if you don't stay grounded with your family and friends.
I cannot go through airport security anymore without thinking of George Clooney and realizing just how disorganized I am.
His character has travel down to a science. The truth is that while Dave and I may travel a lot, we are very disorganized.
We have way too much in our carry on luggage, we always seem to leave some sort of unauthorized item inside (like nail clippers or an eye glass repair kit) and we are always misplacing our boarding pass. Ah, to be cool like George. Life would be good.
One Week (2008) – Road Trip Across Canada
No movie has made me want to explore a country more than One Week.
The irony is that we have been to most of the stops on this road trip movie because it takes place in Canada.
Starring Joshua Jackson of Dawson Creek and Fringe fame, One Week follows a young man driving a motorcycle across Canada after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
I didn't want to see this movie because of its morbid subject, but it ended up being an uplifting and enlightening film.
One Week is a love letter to Canada and a tribute to being alive.
It's in the middle of the pack here, but it's my choice as the Best Travel Movie out there!
In Bruges – Bruges, Belgium
Colin Farrell fell out of my list of favorite actors after the duds Miami Vice and Alexander, but when we watched In Bruges he made me realize why Hollywood loved him in the first place.
When he constantly complained of hating Bruges as he and Brendan Gleeson took the gondola through the canals, I thought it was excellent writing and direction.
The more he complained, the more you took in the surroundings and noticed just how picturesque Bruges is.
As Brendan Gleeson took in the history and read the guide books admiring the city, Colin Farrell just kept talking about how much he hated Bruges, which made me love it more.
He hated it as they looked out over the city from the clock tower, he hated sitting in the beautiful medieval square, and he hated going into a pub for a drink. The more he hated it, the more I wanted to go to Bruges.
Romancing the Stone – Colombia
Who didn't fantasize about an adventure in Colombia after watching Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas in Romancing the Stone?
As a kid I always thought about the line “I need to get to Cartagena” and while I had no idea where Cartagena was, I knew it was exciting.
I loved how Kathleen Turner transformed and started to become a confident and beautiful woman as she journeyed through the jungle of Central America.
Michael Douglas was the epitome of rugged mysterious man, and Colombia was completely exotic.
It wasn't meant to be a travel movie, but it certainly was one of the best!
Once Upon a Time in Mexico – Mexico
How sexy is this movie?
The sequel to the excellent El Mariachi and Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico ends the trilogy with Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayak, and Cheech Marin.
This time Johnny Depp joins them for the ride.
Even if you don't care about the story line, just watching these beautiful people is worth the price of the ticket.
Once Upon A Time In Mexico is a fantasy and it is a stereotype of Mexico, but it makes me think of the wild west days of lawlessness and living life on the edge.
The scenery is gorgeous, the film is filled with cool style, and the music is fabulous.
Oh yeah, it makes me want to go to Mexico and find my own Mexican Adventure.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
Admit it, we all want to go to Spain and run into beautiful people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Barden.
The Spanish are so much more in touch with their emotions. They live life with a passion that the rest of us don't have.
At least, that is what Vicky Christina Barcelona makes us think.
Oh, how I wish that we all had rich relatives living in Barcelona, and that we could stay in their Mediterranean Villa and explore the architecture and culture of Barcelona.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona definitely is an inspiring travel movie for all who want to travel to Europe.
Legend of Tarzan – Africa
The $180 million dollar budget makes sure to showcase the beauty of the African Savannah, the dense jungles, and the majestic wildlife.
You feel as if you have entered the heart of Africa.
Seriously, rent it, you're going to like it a lot more than you think! You can't go wrong when Samuel Jackson shows up as his companion, and the eye candy is perfect for both men and women.
Women love Alexander Skarsgård and men can't get enough of Margot Robbie.
A Good Year – Provence, France
Russel Crowe may be looking a little frumpy and I am not a fan of his wardrobe in the movie, but A Good Year made me want to go to Provence and live a simple life…on a multi million dollar vineyard estate.
That's reasonable, right?
A Good Year makes life in Provence look like the garden of Eden and I want a piece of it.
Everyone is beautiful, everyone is a wine connoisseur, and everyone is pure and good.
Who wouldn't want to go to the south of France after seeing A Good Year?