Under the Tuscan Sun – Tuscany, Italy
For the romantics out there, this is one of the best travel movies.
Diane Lane does a wonderful job in Under The Tuscan Sun and fulfills everyone's ultimate fantasy.
Wouldn't you just love to buy a villa in Tuscany on a whim? She shows that getting away from it all and relocating to another country can fix everything.
I'm not sure if that is true, but I do love the premise and everyone lives happily ever after.
Gorgeous scenery, comedy, drama, and fun.
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – India
I love this movie. We always preach that you are never too old to try something new and you are never too old for travel.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of retirees who travel to India to live out their days at a crumbling retirement hotel.
All mayhem and madness ensues as things can only in India. There's romance, tragedy, and hope.
It's chock full of great actors including Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith.
The Bucket List – Everywhere
With two of my favourite actors and a message to live life to the fullest, the Bucket List is one amazing movie.
The phrase has been over used in recent years, but the message never gets old.
Get out there and live your life. Be happy and make sure you leave this earth with no regrets.
So, what are you waiting for? Start creating that Bucket List of items you've always wanted to do and start ticking them off.
Slumdog Millionaire – India
I loved this movie. We travelled to India in 2010 and it seemed to capture the true slums of India.
Many of the rich cities are modern, but when traveling through rural India and the poorer areas, this is what it's like.
It's heartbreaking, raw, and sometimes uncomfortable.
But the people are welcoming and wonderful and you can feel the love in their hearts, just like the love in the heart of Jamal, the lead character of Slumdog Millionaire.
Amelie – Paris
So, I liked this movie, but it wasn't Dave's cup of tea. I didn't love it like everyone else but I liked it.
Most people say a best travel movie list wouldn't be complete without it, so I caved and put it in.
I did enjoyed the uplifting message of quiet Amelie helping the people around her in the lovely district of Montmarte in Paris.
I also loved the sweeping scenes through Paris streets. If you love Paris, you can't help but like Amelie.
It's overly sweet and optimistic and you have to be in the mood, but the scenes touring the streets of Paris alone are worth watching.
Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Iceland, Greenland
I had to watch this movie twice before deciding I liked it.
The first time around I was annoyed with all the long drawn out fantasy sequences that happen in Walter Mitty's head.
The second time I watched it I didn't find it so bothersome. Once he gets to Iceland and Greenland, it really becomes a fun adventure.
I loved revisiting places Dave and I had been and even though it wasn't bang on accurate, they did capture a bit of life in the North.
The ending was my favourite, but I won't spoil it for you.
Planes Trains and Automobiles – US Road Trip
This is possibly Dave's favourite movie of all time. He always references some funny scene from this John Candy/Steve Martin Classic.
It's an overland road trip from New York City to Chicago.
Anyone who has ever driven cross country can relate to some of the shenanigans. Have you stayed in a cheap motel? You can relate.
Ever come close to falling asleep at the wheel? You can relate.
Have you ever sat beside someone that has made you incredibly uncomfortable? You can relate!
Ever stare the devil in the face…okay, maybe you can't relate.
Raiders of the Lost Ark – Middle East, Asia, South America
I love Egypt, and Raiders of the Lost Ark captures the essence of Cairo.
I feel like I am following Indy and Sallah, walking through the streets eating dates and sipping tea.
Nothing brings out the wanderlust more than an Indiana Jones movie. Indiana Jones starts off in a booby trapped temple in Peru then heads back to the United States.
The film then takes us from Nepal to Egypt to the Aegean Sea.
Luckily, you always know where he goes because Steven Spielberg makes sure to show us a map whenever a plane takes flight.
Tracks – Australia
I actually really enjoyed Tracks.
It's a film about a woman who walks across Australia with four camels and her pet dog. What's more amazing is that it is based on a true story.
What I really liked is how the lead character Robyn Davidson learns the skills needed to survive.
She is visited by a photographer from National Geographic who shared her story and was led through the sacred lands of the Outback by an Aboriginal elder.
Into the Wild – USA
Based on the book by John Krakuaer, Into the World follows Christopher McCandless across America until he finally settles in Alaska.
It tells the tale of the people he meets and touches along the way, all while chronicling the heartbreak of his family who cannot understand why he would donate his entire life's savings to charity.
What possesses a person to cut all ties with their family, hitch hike across the country, and then finally cut themselves entirely off from society, completely choosing to live in solitude in Denali National Park?
Everest – Nepal
This movie was a little abrupt as far as telling the story of what happened on Everest in 1996, but I loved it because it really did capture the spirit of Everest.
Dave and I trekked to Everest Base Camp in 2010 and we were giddy watching the team gather in Kathmandu before flying to Lukla and finally starting their trek to Base Camp.
They stopped at a monastery just like we did and stayed in tea houses. It was all so familiar.
We didn't go above base camp, but this film takes a dark turn as the events in 1996 was one of the worst disasters in Everest history.
Best Travel Movies – Honourable Mentions:
- Any Jason Bourne film or any James Bond Movie. These two franchises take you around the world and make you want to be either filthy rich or a secret spy.
- Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Movies make us want to go to New Zealand and these films capture its beauty perfectly.
- Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and After Midnight – I love these movies. They all take place a decade apart, they were filmed 10 years apart and they take place in three different locations. Vienna, Paris and Greece. They capture the essence of each destination. And here's a cool fact – Dave and I stayed at Costa Navarino where After Midnight took place!