25 ultimate movies that will inspire you to travel

Let’s forget about the elections for a while, and go somewhere most of us agree to go to: the movie world.

It wasn’t my parents who infected me with the love of travel; quite the opposite my dad hated travelling and often tried to teach us on how to be content with Lebanon because according to my deceased father: “who needs to go anywhere, when you live in the most beautiful country in the World”. He was partially right; yes my country is one of the most fascinating on Earth but this didn’t mean I didn’t need to go everywhere else too. ***Sorry Daddy***

What he transferred to me though was his passion for movies. It is through this love that I have been infected with this intense curiosity to travel the World. What my parents didn’t give me, these movies did: a fiery wanderlust that has not been amply satisfied.

 1-An affair to remember (1957)

Travel inspiration: New York

“The Empire State Building is the closest thing to heaven in this city”. Terry McKay

Although New York is very high on my to do list, I haven’t been there yet because of “visa” issues…unfortunately!

 2- Mary Poppins (1964)

  Travel inspiration: The World

What did I tell ya? There’s the whole world at your feet.                                      

I wish her umbrella could be my plane.

 3- The Sound of Music (1965)

Travel inspiration: Austria (Salzburg) & Paris

“Maria, these walls were not meant to shut out problems. You have to face them. You have to live the life you were born to live”

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Paris was done so many times and will be done a few times more. Hopefully next summer we will have time to do Austria especially Salzburg.


Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Travel inspiration: Jerusalem- Jordan- Palestinian occupied territories

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?

Two out of those 3 locations are unfortunately not a possibility for me because the Israel-Lebanon conflict!

5-Out of Africa (1985)

Travel inspiration: Kenya

Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road.

Definitely on my to do list, except for the hunting .

6-The Last Emperor (1987)

Travel inspiration: China-Beijing forbidden city

“The Emperor has been a prisoner in his own palace since the day that he was crowned, and has remained a prisoner since he abdicated. But now he’s growing up, he may wonder why he’s the only person in China who may not walk out of his own front door. I think the Emperor is the loneliest boy on Earth.”

That’s the movie which brought the love of the Far East to my heart since I was a kid!

7-Empire of the Sun (1987)

Travel inspiration: China-Shanghai 

I touched it! I touched it! I felt the heat! I can taste it in my mouth, oil and cordite!

And that’s the movie which confirmed it.

8-Before Sunrise (Vienna-1995), After Sunrise (Paris-2004), Before Midnight (Greece-2013)

Travel inspiration: Vienna-Paris-Greece

I mean, just once, I’d love to see, some little old lady save up all her money, to go to the fortune teller, and she’d get there, all excited about hearing her future, and the woman would say, “Um-humm. Tomorrow, and all your remaining days will be exactly like today. A tedious collection of hours. And you will have no new passions, and no new thoughts and no new travels, and when you die, you’ll be completely forgotten.

Vienna is still on my mind and list.

9-Seven years in Tibet (1997)

Travel inspiration: Tibet

In this place where time stands still it seems like everything is moving. Including me. I can’t say I know where I’m going nor if my bad deeds can be purified. There are so many things I have done that I regret. But when I come to a full stop I hope you understand that the distance between us is not as great as it seems.

It was one of the first movies I watched in a theater. Tibet will be the ultimate dream destination for me. We were even checking the option just yesterday!

10- The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)

Travel inspiration: Venice

See Venice and die,” is what they say? Or is it Rome?

Do you remember my love for Venice?

11-The Beach (2000)

Travel inspiration: Thailand

Trust me, it’s paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it.

I can definitely take out Thailand and Phi Phi Island out of my list. After Turkey in 2004, I travelled to Thailand in 2007.  I would love to come back especially with Erwin, although we have both visited Thailand separately.

12-Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Travel inspiration: Peru-Machu Picchu

“Boo-yah! Welcome to Kuzcotopia, my ultimate summer getaway, complete with water slide”

That’s for me a must do trip before we start planning for kids

13- Lord of the rings-The trilogy

Travel inspiration: New Zealand

“Come on, Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Out of this world.

14- Amelie (2001)

Travel inspiration: Paris

“Amelie has a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It’s a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur of the city. A surge of love, an urge to help mankind overcomes her”.

I can never get enough of Paris

15-L’auberge espagnole (2002)

Travel Inspiration: Barcelona

“When you first arrive in a new city, nothing makes sense. Everything is unknown, virgin… After you’ve lived here, walked these streets, you’ll know them inside out. You’ll know these people. Once you’ve lived here, crossed this street 10, 20, 1000 times… it’ll belong to you because you’ve lived there. That was about to happen to me, but I didn’t know it yet”.

I still want to come back to Barcelona

16-Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)

Travel inspiration: The Caribbean (Jamaica- Haiti- Dominica -The Bahamas)-                                                        Singapore

“Not just the Spanish Main, love. The entire ocean. The entire world. Wherever we want to go, we’ll go. That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs but what a ship is… what the Black Pearl really is… is freedom”.

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Or any other Caribbean Island

17-A Good Year (2006)

Travel inspiration: Provence-France

In France it’s always the landowner who makes the wine, even though he does nothing more than supervise with binoculars from the comfort of his study. No, I enjoy making wine, because this sublime nectar is quite simply incapable of lying. Picked too early, picked too late, it matters not – the wine will always whisper into your mouth with complete, unabashed honesty every time you take a sip.

The perfect wine destination!

18-Into the wild( 2007)

Travel inspiration: Alaska

No, man. Alaska, Alaska. I’m gonna be all the way out there, all the way fucking out there. Just on my own. You know, no fucking watch, no map, no axe, no nothing. No nothing. Just be out there. Just be out there in it. You know, big mountains, rivers, sky, game. Just be out there in it, you know? In the wild.
Wayne Westerberg: In the wild.
Christopher McCandless: Just wild!
Wayne Westerberg: Yeah. What are you doing when we’re there? Now you’re in the wild, what are we doing?
Christopher McCandless: You’re just living, man. You’re just there, in that moment, in that special place and time. Maybe when I get back, I can write a book about my travels.
Wayne Westerberg: Yeah. Why not?
Christopher McCandless: You know, about getting out of this sick society. Society!
Wayne Westerberg:  Society! Society!
Christopher McCandless: Society, man! You know, society! Cause, you know what I don’t understand? I don’t understand why people, why every fucking person is so bad to each other so fucking often. It doesn’t make sense to me. Judgment. Control. All that, the whole spectrum. Well, it just…
Can anyone not fall in love with this movie and Alaska?

19-The Bucket list (2007)

Travel inspiration: Giza Egypt- Taj Mahal-Alpes (France)-California-Great Wall of                                                China-Tanzania

The simplest thing is… I loved him. And I miss him. Carter and I saw the world together. Which is amazing… When you think that only three months ago, we were complete strangers! I hope that it doesn’t sound selfish of me but… the last months of his life were the best months of mine. He saved my life… And he knew it before I did.

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My bucket list too.

20-Up (2009)

Travel Inspiration: Venezuela 

“Adventure is out there!”


21-Avatar (2009)

Travel inspiration: Hawaii (Hamakua Coast-Kaua’i Rain Forest-O’ahu)- New Zealand-                                        California

“You need to wake up, Parker. The wealth of this world isn’t in the ground – it’s all around us. The Na’vi know that, and they’re fighting to defend it. If you wanna share this world with them, *you* need to understand *them*”

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22-Eat Pray Love (2010)

Travel inspiration: Italy-India-Indonesia

“In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call “The Physics of the Quest.” A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.”

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23-Samsara (2011)-Documentary

Travel inspiration: Angola-Egypt-Ethiopia-Ghana-Mali-Namibia-China-Hong Kong-                                       India-Indonesia-Israel- Palestinian occupied territories-Japan-                                             Jordan-Myanmar-Philippine- Saudi Arabia-South Korea-Thailand-                                       Turkey-UAE-Denmark-France-Italy-Brazil-USA-

Filmed over nearly five years in 25 countries on 5 continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

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24-Life of Pi (2011)

Travel inspiration: India- Canada

Santosh Patel: We will sail like Columbus.

Pi Patel: But Columbus was looking for India.



25-The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Travel inspiration: Gorlitz-Germany

 What is a lobby boy? A lobby boy is completely invisible, yet always in sight. A lobby boy remembers what people hate. A lobby boy anticipates the client’s needs before the needs are needed. A lobby boy is, above all, discreet to a fault. Our guests know that their deepest secrets, some of which are frankly rather unseemly, will go with us to our graves. So keep your mouth shut, Zero.


If you haven’t watched them then I hope you do. If you did, I hope this list will inspire you to book your next destination.

Now you tell me: which are the movies which inspired you to travel?

***All quotes were taken from the respective movies***



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