We are huge lovers of the movies in this house. When Scott and I first met he was studying film-making and script writing. For years our date night of choice has been a movie night; a trip to the cinema after dinner or just snuggling up on the sofa.
One of the things that I am truly passionate about in life is travel. And so of course, some of my favourite movies are ones that give me serious wanderlust.
Here are my top 10 movies that will ignite your wanderlust!
1. Roman Holiday – Rome
Released back in 1953 this one is definitely a classic. I have always loved Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck and this has been one of my favourite movies forever. Based in Rome (funnily enough) it’s about a disillusioned princess who escapes royal life and falls in love with an American journalist who shows her the city. Beautiful scenery, vintage fashion and a sweet romance – what more could you want from a film?
2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Iceland and Greenland
I honestly hadn’t expected to like this movie as much as I did. I never bothered going to see it in the cinema and only put it on when I was off sick one day. I’m not the biggest fan of Ben Stiller but I LOVED this film. The idea of walking out of the corporate World and going on an adventure is one that I love. Plus the scenery is incredible. I warn you – after watching this you will want to visit Iceland and Greenland!
3. Australia – Oz!
Goes without saying that a movie titled ‘Australia’ will have you lusting to visit Oz. I fell in love with this movie when it came out back in 2008 and have watched it countless times since. A romantic drama with a good dash of adventure as it tells the story of English socialite Lady Sarah Ashley and the rough and ready ‘Drover’ played by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The movie is set in the period just at the start of the Second World War and covers lots of different themes from a historical and cultural perspective.
4. The Lion King – Africa
Yeah yeah I know it’s a ‘kid’s movie’ but who doesn’t love The Lion King? I don’t need to tell you what it’s about as I’m sure most people have already seen it. Personally I can’t resist a little boogy to the songs by Elton John and love the bright, vibrant colours. I got to see the theatre show once when I was younger and am desperate to go back again with Lily – it’s magical!
5. The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit Movies – New Zealand
My nickname at school was Frodo Baggins (because I’m a shorty not because I have hairy feet *I don’t!*). I have always loved Tolkein’s books and the movies really brought the magic to life. The beauty of New Zealand shines through in the swathing landscape shots and makes me yearn to visit New Zealand. Such beautiful and rugged scenery which makes me think of adventure and excitement.
6. Into The Wild – Alaska
One of my Bucket List dreams is to roadtrip the USA and visit the Denali National Park in Alaska. Into The Wild follows the story of Christopher who leaves his life behind to travel across North America and settle in Alaska. It’s one of those thoughtful stories that everybody should watch. I warn you it doesn’t have a happy ending but it’s striking and shows the reality of life when you have to rely on Nature.
7. The Man From U.N.C.L.E – Berlin and Rome
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a 2015 American action spy comedy film directed by Guy Ritchie. It is based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name which was created by Ian Fleming (of Bond fame!). I loved this movie – it’s one of my all time favourites. 1960s style and pizzazz meets comedy and action in this thriller. Another vote for Rome here although the movie actually starts out in Berlin during the time of the Berlin Wall.
8. All of the Indiana Jones movies – Tunisia, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Jordan, South America, Hawaii and more
THere’s not many places that Indiana Jones doesn’t visit on his daring escapades. These family friendly capers are firm favourites in our house. He was the original explorer in my eyes – and made me want to be an archeologist as a kid (even if the scorpions and snakes did freak me out!). Indiana Jones was always heading off to some new place, usually picking up a pretty lady on the way too!
9. Bucket List – pretty much everywhere!
This beautiful, heart-warming story of two very different older men who have been given weeks left to live always inspires me. They head off on bucket list adventures together, seeing as much of the World as they can before (literally) hitting the bucket. It’s not just about the locations or the places – it’s the friendship and the sense of self that you get from travelling too. Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson are so good in the movie. Together they fly over the North Pole, visit France, India, China, Tanzania and Nepal among other places. It’s just such a great film.
10. The Swiss Family Robinson
As a child this was one of my favourite books. It was written by Johan David Wyss and is a real classic, having been published in 1812! The later movie adaptation was previewed in 1960 and pretty much gets shown every Christmas in the UK without fail! I loved this story of a shipwrecked family who had to work together to set up a new life on a remote deserted island. The family build inventions to make their lives easier, adopt local animals and have great adventures (including one involving a giant python!).
It’s one of those films that makes you want to pack a hacksaw and rope and head off to a deserted corner of the World (although that might just be me!).
So there you have it – ten movies to ignite your wanderlust and make you want to travel even more!
What are your favourite travel inspiring movies?