If you can’t travel around the world right now, the next best thing to do is watch movies about travel. There’s movies about cutesy road trips, movies about jet setting across the globe, and movies that may make you nervous to travel. These movies are all enjoyable to view and put you through a bunch of different emotions, just what you expect from a great travel movie.
Love to travel or spending your time daydreaming about vacations? Continue reading this blog to find out the top 5 best movies about travel to watch.
- Wild, 2014
Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, is based on a memoir of the same name. This real-life adventure is about Cheryl Strayed, a woman who decided to embark on a grand journey. Although she has no backpacking experience, she chooses to go an epic 1,100 mile hike across the United States while mourning the death of her mother.
Strayed’s story of resilience and self-discovery connected with audiences and critics alike, and the film has already secured a place among the best movies about travel. Women interested in solo-traveling will be inspired by this movie – and perhaps encouraged to venture into the wild themselves.
- Finding Nemo, 2003
You might not think this animated picture is a movie about travel, but it has inspired countless travelers to venture down under, to Sydney and Cairns. This Pixar film follows a father looking for his son. After Nemo is picked up by faceless men in a boat, his dad Marlin decides to travel throughout across the entire ocean to get him back. Nemo is all he has. Marlin find a faithful companion in Dory, a blue tang that suffers from short-term memory loss. Dory accompanies Marlin in his search for Nemo.
They face many problems, from sharks going on a binge to unfriendly jellyfish. But, they get help from unlikely sources along way, like shape-shifting schools of fish and traveling turtles. The experience breath-taking sights.
This film has won many awards and is cemented in history as one of the greatest animated movies of all time. While the reefs depicted in Finding Nemo were computer generated, the gorgeous animation nevertheless continues to inspire many to seek out the real thing Down Under.
- Little Miss Sunshine, 2006
This fun film features an all-star cast with Steve Carell, Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, and Alan Arkin. Released in 2006, this movie follows a middle-class family embarking on a road trip so that their little girl can participate in the finals of a beauty pageant.
The family ventures through the desert where the sky seems to go on for miles and miles. They stay in hotels, eat food from gas stations, and spend a lot of time gazing out their VW van’s windows. It’s not the most romantic depiction of travel, but in the end, the epic road trip bring the family closer together.
That said, the trip probably would of been more comfortable if they each had a Cabeau Evolution travel pillow!
- The Bucket List, 2007
The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, is known as a charming tearjerker featuring two legendary actors sharing the screen. It’s about two guys who become friends after meeting at the hospital, both of whom have just found out that they have terminal lung cancer. Deciding to fulfill their last wishes, the friends go on a whirlwind journey together.
They visit the North Pole, go skydiving, eat dinner in France, ride motorcycles on the Wall of China, and go on an African safari, making it one of the best movies about travel – and friendship.
- Midnight in Paris, 2011
Written and directed by Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris tells the story of a disenchanted screenwriter who, while visiting Paris with his fiancee, comes across a magical taxi that takes him back to the Paris of yesteryear. Each night, he drinks cocktails with legendary American expatriots like Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein while reflecting on his place in the world.
With beautiful photography capturing the cobblestone and cafes and a theme of unabashed romance, Midnight in Paris embraces those feelings we all have towards the City of Lights.
Get Inspired Today
Enjoy others people stories of travel by enjoying these top 5 best movies about travel. From weekend getaways to life journeys, these movies all feature people learning and growing through their experiences. You can watch these movies while traveling, in pursuit of your own travel stories before you slip on your Midnight Magic® Sleep Mask and catch some zzz’s with your Evo Microbead™ travel pillow. Maybe someday your stories will be turned into the next great series of movies about travel!