During these long, dark and cold winter evenings, there are few things better than snuggling up on the couch and reading a great book or watching an amazing movie. This is the time of year when many of us fantasize about warmer places, future trips and vacations. So, if you’re one of those people and you’re looking for an excellent movie to watch, consider choosing from the following selection of top 10 travel movies.
Get ready for some inspirational, mind-blowing, adventurous and/or overwhelming motion pictures!
Top 10 Travel Movies to Watch
Number 10 in this list of top 10 travel movies is Tracks. Tracks tells the true story of a young Australian woman who crosses the unforgiving deserts in Western Australia with her dog and four camels. An epic 2,700-kilometer journey that happened in the 1970s.
9. Seven Years in Tibet
Based on the namesake book by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt, is the account of the experiences of Harrer who got captured at the outbreak of the Second World War and was imprisoned in India. He managed to escape, make his way into Tibet and eventually befriend none other than the Dalai Lama.
8. The Darjeeling Limited
Three brothers who grew apart decide to travel by train across India to get to know one another again after their father passed away. The Darjeeling Limited is a funny and downright beautiful feel-good movie about traveling in India—there aren’t too many of those!
7. The Way
In The Way, Martin Sheen plays a father whose son dies while hiking in the Pyrenees. He decides to complete the journey for him and walks the Camino de Santiago all the way to Santiago de Compostela. It’s a touching, moving, inspiring and sometimes even funny story.
6. A Map for Saturday
A Map for Saturday is essentially a documentary shot by an American guy who gave up a well-paying job and went on to travel the world for a year. Offering an insight in what backpacking really is like, this is a recommended watch for anyone who dreams of taking a long-term break and exploring the world.
5. The Beach
A classic backpacker movie, The Beach is a movie about a young backpacker, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who travels around Thailand and discovers a mysterious map, supposedly leading to a secret tropical beach. If you’re in the mood for some adventure, great beaches as well as a bit of mystery, this is one of the top 10 travel movies you could watch this winter!
4. Easy Rider
A truly historic movie, Easy Rider is more a hippie movie than anything else, but does involve quite a lot of (motorcycle) traveling. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans on their motorcycles and meet colorful characters on the way, such as a young Jack Nicholson, in a time when the American south wasn’t particularly open-minded. Shot on a ridiculously limited budget, this classic movie takes place in the 60s. One of the best travel movies of all time, it was released in the same year that the legendary Woodstock Festival took place.
3.The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycles Diaries shows the journey of Che Guevara and a close friend who travel more than 14,000 kilometers across South America on an old motorcycle. The trip, the hardships they witnessed and the experiences they gained would stick with Che Guevara for the rest of his life and later inspire him to become the iconic rebel leader that we all know now. One of the most inspiring and best travel movies ever made.
2. Into the Wild
Arguably the most famous of all travel movies among the younger crowd, Into the Wild tells the true story of Christopher McCandless who finished prestigious studies, but, instead of pursuing a lucrative career, went on to travel around North America without any money whatsoever. As an ultimate adventure, he ends up trying to survive in the wilderness of Alaska.
1. Lord of the Rings
No matter how you look at it, Lord of the Rings is in its essence a travel movie. This 9-hour-long breathtaking trilogy is a filmographic version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary fantasy books. Winning several Oscars, this epic story shows how Frodo leaves everything he knows and loves to travel to the dark land of Mordor to destroy the One Ring. No other movie makes me want to throw a backpack over my shoulder and walk out the door like Lord of the Rings.