Top travel videos – After watching many travel videos, we feel the following are the best travel movies of all time!
All of these movies are easy to watch a third or fourth time and still get emotionally involved on some level. I don’t know how many times I have watched “The Ghost And The Darkness” and I never get tired of it. Tell us, do you have any favorite travel videos you would like to share with us?
Below is our hand-picked list of what we consider the best travel movies ever.
Just remember – Don’t be like the elderly man in the film “UP” He and his wife spent their lives dreaming of travel but never actually did any. Don’t let time pass you by – Dream it then do it! We have found that these films are the best travel movies to inspire and motivate us to get out there and see more… do more… dream more…
The world is waiting for you. Create you own stories and adventures. It’s a lot easier than you might think… So, go through our list and find a movie you would like to see. Relax back with a cool drink, a good friend and some popcorn and prepare to be totally entertained, inspired and motivated.
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A great summer movie about a young man that travels to Thailand for a getaway. Finding a map and hearing stories of a secret beach and paradise he sets out on his adventure. The beach is found and it is paradise… for a while… Not a lot of people got the true essence of this film when it was released but now we’re all a little older and wiser it’s time to give this movie a second chance. The photography is beautiful, I fell in love with so many of the locations and the sound track is beautiful. By the way, this soundtrack has some of the best road trip music you could imagine.
P.S. The photo he looks sees at the end of this movie always stirs up emotions every time I watch it… Seeing how happy they all were and know what was to come….
Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) is on a quest to travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true inner self. At a crossroads in her life, she takes a year-long sabbatical from her job and steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life. It’s an interesting story of woman working on discovering what makes her who she is. Beautiful scenery… a really believable story… Starting in Italy, then travelling to India to finally end her year long travel in Bali.
The critics hated it but to me this is one of the best travel movies for a long time. This is definitely a journey of heart, mind, and soul. This film is not just about a man wanting the attention of a girl, it’s about an ordinary man who finally discovers the courage to leap into the extraordinary adventure that is life.Traveling the world in his search, taking risks and conquering new challenges. One of the best travel movies to inspire you to get more out of life.
This is a beautifully stunning film that uses the story, the scenery and a wonderful music score to whisk you away to a dream that you wish would never end.
In the mid-1970s, Robyn Davidson traveled to the town of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia, with a improbable dream: to complete an arduous 1,700-mile solo journey on foot from Alice to the Indian Ocean. To do this she would traverse a vast desert with four camels and her faithful dog. Many did not expect her to survive the trip, but she triumphed and a National Geographic cover story.
I enjoyed this (100 minute) movie very much. The photography is stunning and beautifully shot. Whereas “Wild” is Cheryl Strayed’s redemption story, “Tracks” is more of a rite of passage story and is patiently told as Robyn Davidson learns how to work with camels and survive in the outback.
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After discovering his fiance is having an affair with his best friend, he heads off on his honeymoon alone. He meets a friendly couple who are planning a dangerous trip across the Darien Gap. Conner joins them for the quest of a lifetime.For those of us lucky enough to have had a two week vacation turn into a 15 month voyage through some far away continent, this film really hits home. I have never encountered a film or book that was able to capture the peace and harmony that comes from the constant excitement and enjoyment of being absolutely free and exploring a world known by so few. This is an easy addition to our best travel movies list.
According to soft-spoken cancer patient, Carter (Freeman), you measure a man’s life by who measures their lives by yours. Edward Cole (Nicholson) probably was a lot of people’s yardstick. He was wealthy, powerful, and he ran hospitals. At first, the wealthy Cole doesn’t care for the soft-spoken auto mechanic, but as time goes on the two develop a friendship. When Cole sees Carter’s ‘Bucket List he realizes it’s something the two of them can do. That’s when the two cancer patients break out of the hospital and go on a world tour. Together, they write out a new bucket list and work to make each other’s dreams come true. But, from the beginning you know someone has to die. After all, that’s the whole point of the movie. Two men diagnosed with terminal cancer determined to do everything they’ve always wanted before dying. You will tear up but you will end up feeling good too.
A married couple spent their lives dreaming of travel and adventure only to grow old without ever living out any of their dreams. Now his wife has gone and he is old and alone. Finally he decides to do what he should have done so many years ago… One day he leaves and ends up having the adventure of a lifetime! This movie has it all, and is definitely not just for kids.
Most people spend their whole life pushing travel goals off to the future, when they should be living those dreams right now. Life is short, and meant to be lived and not just dreamed about. This movie does a good job of emphasizing that theme. Add another one to the best travel movies list with Up the Movie.
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This is the true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch). Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure.
I love this movie. A true gem for anyone who questions society and the way we commune. I’m not saying everyone should live like this but we could all use a little empathy for those who feel out of place in the rat race for monetary success.
Jeff Johnson retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Choulnard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.
The core conversation for me – the symbolism of walking towards the edge of a cliff. Rather than ‘turning back’ it’s all about making a 180 degree turn and then ‘stepping forward’. And this is only one of many jewels of wisdom and cinematography in a wonderfully honest and understated journey of a man who understands that nothing replaces the experience of going to beautiful and wild places. It grounds you and makes you really love a place – and then you feel the need to protect it.
Renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk attempt the impossible climb: the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru, a 21,000 foot peak above the Ganges River in Northern India and the ultimate challenge in the high-stakes world of big-wall climbing.
This is a breathtaking film in many respects: the cinematography is magnificent, the personal stories are remarkable, and the film will leave you thinking. You’ll be in awe (shock?) watching how they “camp”. There were a number of audible expressions made by the audience throughout the film, and a resounding round of applause as it ended.
Meru is not really in the travel videos category but we both love it enough to include it in this list. It does make you want to get out and do something.
Seven Years In Tibet is about an Austrian mountaineer who is a stubborn and arrogant man needing to push his body to its absolute limits. Trying to conquer the Himalayan mountains he is captured and sent to a prison camp. After breaking out he finds himself in the holy Tibetan city of Lhasa. He befriends the young Dalai Lama and even though both are from totally different worlds, they become friends and learn from each other. The story of the personal transformation of Harrar (Brad Pitt) is uplifting and inspiring. Brad Pitt portrays the character well though you may cringe at his Austrian accent. But, with that said, remember that this film may not have been made without his participation. Without Brad Pitt this film wouldn’t have been allowed the budget it needed to give us the amazing landscapes which dominate the movie.
A Map For Saturday is a travel film that follows the adventures of one man after he leaves his job and travels the world for a year living out of his backpack. The narrator Brook takes us on a trip, centered around cheap travel and backpacking. We meet some interesting people, and discover why they decided to travel this way. Some giving up careers, much like the narrator himself. These people and their stories really add to the strength of this documentary. It also shows that absolutely anyone can travel cheaply. The only thing holding you back is you.
Debra Winger and John Malkovich are two spoiled and bored Americans ‘travelling’ in Morocco just after WWII. Their journey, an attempt to bring life back to a dead marriage, turns from an idle fascination with an exotic culture, into a trip to hell. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Filmed on location in African, the film shines with Director Bernardo Bertolucci’s touch. The director’s use of camera angles, light, and long, sweeping shots are masterful. The photography is incredible. I have no idea how it relates to the book its based on but as a stand alone movie it does well.
The Way is a beautiful and inspiring tale about a father walking Spain’s Camino de Santiago trail to honor his recently dead son. I was totally unprepared for the emotional impact this film has. I will say that the journey was emotional as well as scenic. The visual beauty of the scenery in this movie cannot and should not be overlooked. The soundtrack to this film is well chosen and it all adds to a deeply touching and uplifting journey of 800km along Spain’s Camino de Santiago trail. Definitely worth it’s place as a good Travel Video.
Frances (Diane Lane) is an intelligent, loving women who finds herself with a partner who has fallen out of love with her and wants a divorce. Frances goes to Tuscany on a lark, falls in love with a villa there, buys it and proceeds to renovate it. The villa then is the physical manifestation of the shedding of her old life and marriage and the hope for the renovation and rehabilitation of her love life as well as her life in general. This movie is so much more than a “chick flick.” It reconciles what we thought our life was and what our life can be if you keep your eyes open to the different forms life’s pathways may take. This movie makes me just want to pack up and go to Tuscany. A good member of our nest travel movies list and will be for a while to come.
A French grad student named Celine (Julie Delpy) meets an American boy named Jesse (Ethan Hawke) on the Budapest-Vienna train. They get to talking and he convinces her to get off the train with him in Vienna. And the rest changes their lives forever… The movie takes us around the sites and streets of Vienna as two people going from being perfect strangers to removing their own walls and falling in love.They have been hurt by life, have put up their walls, and, through their discussions, they have gradually removed those walls so that by the movie’s end you think it’s a crime if they don’t fall in love and live happily ever after. But the movie is more complex than a happy ending. The movie forces you to ask if their love would survive if removed from the brief ecstasy of their single day (and night) together. Would a life of marriage destroy what they have?
In the opening scene, Celine changes seats on the train because of a couple who are fighting. Throughout this first scene, the fighting couple leaves the train car and then emerges again – still fighting. Celine and Jesse are inadvertantly brought together by this arguing couple when Celine changes her seat. I bet (if these were real people) Celine and Jesse were thinking they would never allow themselves to be like this couple. We all would have, at that age The irony.
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour. The two characters meet again after their all-night encounter in Vienna as young people, when they made the kind of connection that happens once in a lifetime. Their conversation is less open, less optimistic now that years have passed and they’re wary about how life’s vicissitudes may have affected each other and their relationship. But gradually, they connect again at the deepest level, moving from more or less superficial talk about their work or their opinions on this to that to completely honest sharing of their deepest sense of the joys, the hopes, and the disappointments of their lives.
As its prequel, “Before Sunrise,” was nicely set in Vienna, Paris is a lovely backdrop for “Before Sunset,” with (blissfully) nary a shot of the Eiffel Tower in sight and not a note of the typical “fall in love in Paris” accordion music. But the cafes, shops, cobblestone streets, and River Seine are all present in their authentic glory.
This is a one-of-kind documentary that follows a group of remarkable people who work, play and struggle to survive in Antarctica – perhaps the last frontier on earth. Even if you’ve seen Discovery channel shows about Antarctica, you still should see this – totally different and fresh. I liked this film because it’s far more than just another documentary. It has definitely earned it’s place on our best travel movies list. Director Werner Herzog loves to examine eccentric behavior and the people of the McMurdo Station are often the target. The interview with the man who escaped from Russia with his life was particularly touching