Do you ever watch a movie and it makes you want to pack your bags and jump on a plane, car or train?
Travel movies set in a foreign location or with a plot that takes the characters around the globe have the power to influence your travel planning, give you travel tips or introduce you to places you have never dreamt of visiting.
The goal is to instill a sense of adventure and have you running to the nearest airport, border post or train station to begin your own journey.
Whether you are travelling or staying back in the UAE here are 10 top travel movies you need to watch this Eid holidays:
The Endless Summer (1966)
The Endless Summer is a part-surfing, part-travelogue movie that follows two buddies chasing summer around the world. Their adventure takes them to visually fascinating beaches, as the context of this film hits travelers’ right where it hurt, providing an escape from everyday life.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a movie that depicts three drag queens who embark on a journey through the Australia outback. The trip allows each character to self-evaluate and rediscover themselves, which should help to revive their lives.
Lost in Translation (2003)
Lost in Translation is a movie about an aging movie star and a recent college graduate, who after several chance meetings decide to discover Tokyo together. Their unlikely alliance helps them to experience Japan’s culture and gain a new perspective about the country’s lifestyle.
Let’s never come here again because it would never be as much fun. – From Charlotte in Lost in Translation
Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)
Under The Tuscan Sun is an account of a woman’s reaction to a crumbling marriage. During a bus tour through Italy, she ends up purchasing a Tuscan villa on a whim. The viewer is taken on a glorious journey that perfectly captures the country’s exquisite scenery.
Sideways is a visual homage to Central California’s wine community, as the film follows the trails of a divorced novelist and his groom-to-be best friend during their wine tasting trip along the coastline. The real stars of the movie are some of the area’s top vineyards, which provide some of best wine on the market today.
Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Motorcycle Diaries is a fantastic movie that documents revolutionist Che Guevara’s first trip traveling around South America. Ultimately, this journey was the start of the civil revolution in Argentina, as filmmakers succeeded in showing that Latin America is more than the world’s top party center.
Wandering around our America has changed me more than I thought. I am not me anymore. At least I’m not the same me I was. – From Ernesto Guevara de la Serna in “Motorcycle Diaries.”
Eat, Pray And Love (2010)
Eat, Pray and Love depicts a woman’s sudden realization that her marriage is in shambles, and the only solution is changing the direction of her life. After a painful divorce, she begins a journey around the world in a quest to rediscover herself. The scenery is stunning and will encourage all viewers to schedule a backpacking trip immediately.
Travelling takes you not only to different places but various stages of life.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Midnight in Paris is a movie that perfectly captures the look and feel of Paris, and reconnect past visitors with one of the magical cities of the world. Every location shown in the film will have avid travelers weak at the knees and longing to book the next flight to France.
The Way (2011)
The Way is a movie about a father who travels to France to recover his dead son’s body. He learns his death occurred in a storm while hiking along The Camino de Santiago path. Upon this revelation, the father decides to continue his son’s pilgrimage. The cinematography perfectly captured the beautiful mountaintops and the wonderful ancient architectural designs.
The movie, Wild, chronicles one woman’s 1100-mile solo hiking adventure that became her source to recover from the recent passing of her mother. It is a beautiful story of preservation and surviving the harsh elements of the Pacific Crest Trail, as the gorgeous landscape reflects well on the character’s journey to get whole once again.
I am definitely leaving out some top travel movies. What other travel movies can you recommend for this Eid holidays? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.