10 Films About Travel to Feed Your Wanderlust

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Looking for some inspiration for where to travel on your next trip? You’re in the right place. From train travel through India to road tripping across North America, this list is full of films that’ll give you serious wanderlust. Whether you’re a beach bum or a backpacker, a thrill seeker or a sightseer, watch these […]

Looking for some inspiration for where to travel on your next trip? You're in the right place.

From train travel through India to road tripping across North America, this list is full of films that'll give you serious wanderlust. Whether you're a beach bum or a backpacker, a thrill seeker or a sightseer, watch these films to help you decide where to go on your next adventure.

1. The Darjeeling Limited

This quirky story of three brothers travelling around India has all the hallmarks of a Wes Anderson film. With stunning visuals, offbeat humour, and irresistibly relatable family dynamics, this film offers a funny, charming take on brotherhood, travel, and loss. Anderson's subversive take on the old finding-yourself-through-travel cliche is funny, surprising, and even a little sad - while the film's beautiful Rajasthani backdrop will have you booking a trip to India pronto.

2. Roman Holiday

If you've ever dreamed of zipping around Rome on a Vespa, this film is for you. This classic comedy is about more than travel - it's about escape. In her first major film role, Audrey Hepburn stars as a European princess on the run from her royal minders, cruising around Rome with an American reporter (Gregory Peck). Filmed entirely on location, this jolly holiday jaunt displays the Eternal City in all its glory.

3. Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi's fourth feature film is gleeful in its trademark irreverent humor, while also exploring more serious themes such as parenthood and criminality. Much of the film is set in the wild bush of New Zealand, where a boy and his foster father camp out to escape the law. If boisterous adventures and quirky humor are your kind of thing, you'll love Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

4. Lost In Translation

At first, Lost In Translation seems to be about the loneliness of travel - the emptiness of hotel rooms, the adventures other people are having. But as Bob and Charlotte - played by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson - are drawn together, the feeling changes: this is a film about the potential for adventure, wherever you are. Blink in the bright lights of Tokyo and bask in the warmth of Sofia Coppola's tale of romance, melancholy, and joy.

5. Up

Up is famous for its masterful telling of Carl and Ellie's life story - and it's true that this scene will break even the hardest of hearts. But the rest of the film is so wholesome and joyful that it, too, should be celebrated. When his small suburban hometown grows into a big city, Carl decides to leave, travelling across the world with a dog and a spirited boy scout. From a North American city to the South American jungle, this whimsical tale proves that you're never too old to go on an adventure.

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6. Nebraska

Adventures aren't always about travelling thousands of miles away - and Nebraska is proof of this. In this characteristically dark-humored film from Alexander Payne, a son humors his father by taking him on a road trip across the northern states to (where else?) Nebraska, where he wants to claim his winnings from a sweepstake. This warm, funny film is perfect for plane-averse travelers and road trip lovers alike.

7. The Beach

This film was swirled in controversy for a long time after its release. Both the production team and tourists were blamed for ecological damage to Maya Bay, the Thai resort where The Beach was filmed. That said, it's easy to see why tourists flocked to the region after seeing this film. The beautiful white beaches, the aquamarine sea, the stunning enclosed bay - it's a traveler’s paradise. At its heart, though, this film is a vital reminder of the importance of respecting the places you visit.

8. Life In A Day

For those who want a taste of real life in far-flung places across the globe, this 2020 documentary won't disappoint. Taking footage filmed by regular people living their everyday lives, Life In A Day captures moments from a single day - 25th July, 2020 - and weaves them into a beautiful depiction of our differences and similarities, our joys and sorrows. It's available to watch for free on YouTube.

9. Swiss Family Robinson

This classic film is one to get the kids on board with your travel plans. From swashbuckling pirates to treehouses to man-eating tigers, this family-friendly hit is full of narrow escapes and inventions, designed to inflame and enrich young imaginations. If you're planning to bring the kids along on your next adventure, watch Swiss Family Robinson and they'll be (almost) as excited as you are.

10. The Revenant

Far from your typical wanderlust film, The Revenant hardly glamorizes adventure. (Who can forget that bear scene? Yikes.) But Alejandro González Iñárritu's stunning landscapes will make you hunger for rich scenery and the beauty of nature, for liberation from our modern cities and luxury lifestyles. It's not for the faint of heart, but for those who seek authenticity in their experiences, it's the perfect film to kindle the adventure fire in your belly.

If it's been a while since your last trip - or you've just come back from the holiday of a lifetime and you're chasing that travel high - these films are sure to get you itching to book your next adventure.