Being affected by a travel bug is simply amazing. Searching for the next place to visit on Google or booking your next trip or just simply reading experiences of people around the world is just amazing. Sometimes all you need is a start to make sure that the spark is still there.
Travel films or documentaries are one such medium which has always kept the desire to travel around the world alive. It helps one focus on what they want, where to go and what they want to do in life. It gives hope that there are parts of the world that are waiting for them and all they need to do is discover them as the adventure awaits. Travel movies not just takes one on a trip but makes one more excited to just pack your bags, and travel. Here are some of them:
1. Into the Wild
Are you afraid to travel solo? Or have you been planning to take a solo trip for a long time? Then Into The Wild is the best thing that can happen to you before taking the trip of your life. Christopher McCandless goes to the extent of changing his identity to Alexander Supertramp leaving behind all his possessions and takes a road trip across the United States. During his journey, he encounters several situations which change him as a person. Based on true events this movie really is an inspiration for many.
Quote from the film: “When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.”
For all the lady travellers who are anxious about taking road trips alone – this movie is the answer. The Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated movie of 2014 has inspired and taught many how to leave behind their past and start a new life. The movie depicts an emotional journey of self-discovery when a divorced woman decides to start a new life by hiking along the 1100 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail.
Quote: “I’ve always been someone’s daughter or mother or wife. I never got to be in the driver’s seat of my own life.”
3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty – living a quiet life, afraid to confess his feelings to his co-worker, Cheryl, afraid to stand up for himself when his job at Life magazine is threatened willingly accepts life when he leaves on a journey he never imagined. This movie teaches one to get out of their comfort zone and turn their daydreams into reality.
Quote from the film: “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
4. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Three best friends figuring out their life while celebrating friendship take a journey together. The movie shows how a road trip turned into an opportunity to repair fences, heal wounds, fall in love with life and fight their worst fears.
Quote from the film: “Seize the day my friend… pehle is din ko poori tarah jiyo, phir chaalis ke bare mein soochna.”
5. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
If you are 24 already and you haven’t been on a Himalayan trek with your school friends at least once, you must reconsider your friendship. But seriously, if you haven’t, please watch this box office hit film and trust me you’ll be in a travel agent’s office in the next hour. When four school friends take time out from their busy professional lives and jump onto a train to Himachal, you just know it’s going to be the best trip of their life. They say once a trekker, always a trekker. Go for it is what the film conveys.
Quote from the film: “Main udna chahta hu Naina, daudna chahta hu, girna bhi chahta hu,,bas rukna nahi chahta.”
Are you a solo female traveller and aspire to be a globe trotter? This film will give you the right amount of motivation before kick-starting your journey. Rani, a traditional Delhi girl does it absolutely right when she embarks on a solo honeymoon trip to Paris and Amsterdam after her fiancée refuses to marry her. This National Award-winning film is an inspiration to many and has made female travellers overcome their fears of travelling alone. Exploring different cultures, making new friends, getting out of your comfort zone is what Queen teaches you best.
Quote from the film: “Ab honeymoon pe ja aur apna yeh virzhinity ka vrat tod.”
This movie is an adaptation of Robyn Davidson‘s memoir of the same name which is about her 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia to the Indian Ocean with her dog and four camels. Well as crazy as the trek sounds sometimes you need to get lost in order to find yourself again. So if you’re having any doubts about going on a long solo trip, watch this movie and think- if she can do it, I can do too.
Quote from the film: “I read somewhere how important it is in life, not necessarily to be strong… but to feel strong.”
8. The Motorcycle Diaries
This movie is a biopic about the journey and written memoir of 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara who would several years later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist guerilla commander and revolutionary Che Guevara. This movie shows one that you get to see much more on a trip you take for fun. You can end up with an adventure changing your perspective in life altogether.
Quote from the film: “I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back, and most surprising of all, that I could carry it.”
9. The Way
The Way is the story of a son’s wonderful gift to his father. Martin Sheen’s Tom is a widower and affluent Californian ophthalmologist who is on the golf course when he gets the call that his son has died in a freak storm while hiking in southern France. Tom decides to honour his son, Daniel’s philosophy by walking 800 km. The unwanted company of fellow travellers are initially things Tom endures in his impatience to reach the journey’s end. Tom finds himself looking inwards and letting himself experience the journey itself. This movie has built an emotional impact, prompting one’s own reflections on the journey of life.
Quote from the film: “You don’t choose a life, you live it.”
10. Thelma and Louise
The best road trip movie of the last century – Thelma and Louise had to its credit six Academy award nominations. It takes two girlfriends, a revolver and a ’66 thunderbird to make an unimaginable road trip. Thelma and Louise decide to take a break from their boring daily lives and hit the roads for a two-day vacation. What follows leads them to go further than they thought while they end up having the time of their lives. A film with a feminist approach, this is a definite inspiration for all ages. Somebody said get a life… so they did. It’s your chance now.
Quote from the film: “You said you ‘n’ me was gonna get out of town and for once just really let our hair down. Well darlin’, look out ’cause my hair is comin’ down!”
Text by- Nikhil Das
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