No matter what kind of traveller you are, we bet you are often lured by breathtaking beauty and diversity from different parts of the world that sometimes reach us through our television screens. Exposing us to a world beyond our daily lives, and motivating us to explore it, these movies are excellent for that much-needed push for planning that impending holiday.
Sending some inspiration your way, we have put together a list of 7 great travel-based movies that you can watch this weekend:
The Motorcycle Diaries
The coming-of-age real life memoir of the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, the Motorcycle Dairies was made into a film in the year 2004. The movie tracks Guevara’s 1952 expedition of South America on a single cylinder motorcycle with his friend Alberto Granado. Nine months of road journey covering 8000 kilometres, hitchhiking stories and several life altering moments that shaped Che Guevara and his ideologies – there’s plenty that will appeal to a travel lover’s soul.
A Map for Saturday
One of the most famed travel documentaries, A Map for Saturday explores travelling from a backpacker’s perspective. It deals with perils on the road and the desire and motivation to keep continuing, the hunger for new experiences, and the moments of loneliness; instances that every backpacker relates to all too well. Released in 2007, the movie captures the 11-month trip of the protagonist from when he quits his job to when he comes back home, only to be itching to hit the road again.
The Endless Summer
Released in 1966, the Endless Summer is a cult movie that follows the trail of three surfers on a surfing trip around the world. Featuring the stunning coasts of Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Senegal, South Africa and more such stunning locations, the movie motivates one to keep travelling the world while chasing the Endless Summer.
Into the Wild
Based on a real-life story, Into the Wild is one of those movies that reassure us that the only thing keeping us from true happiness is our endless chain of desires and that the short life of adventures can be more fulfilling than a long, dull life of inertia. The movie tells the story of Christopher McCandless as he takes a road trip for self discovery after he graduates from college. The movie covers the protagonist’s journey through the USA to Alaska.
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The 2011 British comedy-drama film, the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows a group of British retirees on their trip to India. Came together because of varying motifs but faced with the common and arduous task of finding order in the infamous Indian chaos, the characters and their interaction with a new culture, traditions and the India that is emerging from the shadow of its past is entertaining and heart-warming. Set against the backdrop of the gorgeous Rajasthan, the movie is a breeze to watch.
Lost in Translation
If you’ve ever come close to forming a deep friendship or finding love during one of your travels; you will definitely appreciate the complex emotions of feeling lost in life and relationships while being lost in another country or culture that are portrayed in the film. Released in 2003, the movie explores the astounding Tokyo, its nightlife and its culture along with the relationship that develops in a distant land between the two lead characters who are married to different people.
Nowhere in Africa
A German film released in 2001, Nowhere in Africa narrates the story of German-Jewish family that escapes to Kenya during Nazi Germany. Based on a true story, the movie depicts the family’s adjustment to the African culture as well as with the sacrifices and compromises that this kind of adjustment requires. The viewers are treated to the stunning vistas of the lush African farms as well as train journeys through savannahs as well as they are acquainted to local tribal rituals and customs via the lead characters.