6 Films to Watch If You Want To Be A Traveler

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Are you a travel junkie? An aspiring world backpacker? Check out these great travel films for inspiration!

  1. Airplane (1980)

              The one-liners in Jim Abraham’s “Airplane” are still used today. This air travel spoof is one of the most iconic comedies in American film. It tells the story of an ill-fated flight from Los Angeles to Chicago. Upon eating the fish served at dinner, one by one passengers fall ill with sweat, stomach cramps and madness. Airplane travel can be extremely fun if you make it fun. Sure, the guy next to you is boring you with his war stories, the stewardess could be clueless and the autopilot is untrustworthy. But, as shown in “Airplane”, as long as you get from Point A to Point B, it’s all worth it. So the next time you step on a plane en route to your next adventure, stay positive, for all of us. Good luck, we’re all counting on you.

  1. Almost Famous (2000)

            This happens to be one of my favorite films of all time. Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous”, starring Kate Hudson and Billy Crudup, depicts a high school kid’s opportunity to travel and write about an up and coming rock band for Rolling Stone. When you’re young and given the chance to travel, whether it’s in a van with a band, studying abroad or a paid vacation to the Bahamas: GO. But what if you fall in love with a band member? What if you can’t bear coming home from studying abroad? Or what if you hate the beach? In travel, it never hurts to try.

  1. Hidalgo (2004)

            If a horse can do it so can you. “Hidalgo”, starring Viggo Mortensen and directed by Joe Johnston, is a biographical journey through war vet and expert long distance horse racer Frank Hopkins’ decision to race against purebred Arabian horses. Hopkins decides to take his paint Mustang Hidalgo to compete in an annual 3,000 mile race across the Arabian Desert. This story is about trusting your travel comrades. Surely there won’t be a sand storm in London or a locus swarm in Sweden, but sometimes you need support from a friend while you travel. Hidalgo and Hopkins carry each other through the Ocean of Fire. Would you do the same for your travel comrade?

  1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

            Yep, Mitty. This film is featured in most “Travel Movies to Watch” lists. Walter Mitty, played by Ben Stiller who also directed the film, is a daydreamer who escapes to faraway places throughout his days in the photo editing basement of Life Magazine. One day Walter decides to set off to Greenland to track down a celebrated Life photographer. Walter ultimately has the adventure of his life and comes home a changed man who no longer daydreams, but follows his dreams. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” teaches a new traveler to go for it. Take a risk the next time you travel. You might end up hiking the Himalayas or escaping a volcano riding a skateboard.

  1. The Trip (2007)

            In “The Trip”, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take a Mini Cooper through the English countryside in search for the best go-to restaurants. These comedians explore the importance of food, and how traveling can lead you to the perfect meal. “The Trip” is a funny adventure complete with Yorkshire scenery and impressions amongst white table clothes with fresh meat. Food connects people all over the world; it’s something that we can all relate with. One of the best ways to get to know a new city or new country is to hit the local spots and dive into dishes.

  1. Wild (2014)

            Cheryl Strayed was at rock bottom. After losing her beloved mother she dove into a heroin addiction. To recover from this black hole, she decides to embark on a solo 1,100-mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail. Strayed, beautifully portrayed by Reese Witherspoon, shows us that you can get through your demons while abroad. Traveling can take you away from the bad stuff; and in the end of your trip, no matter how far you go, you come back different. Growth happens on two feet, so make the decision to walk a better path, whether it’s 1,000 miles or 5.

Honorable Mentions: Maidentrip (2013), Eat Pray Love (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).

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