Top 5 Inspirational Travel Movies


The Beach
Based on an excellent book by Alex Garland, this movie is essential viewing material for anyone adventurous. It’s about a young American named Richard, who flies to Southeast Asia in search of an exotic journey.  He is looking for, “something more beautiful, something more exciting and yes, I admit, something more dangerous.” The movie truly embodies the spirit of a sporadic, raw adventure and will make you want to experience the sights, smells and sounds of Thailand like you never have before!

A Map for Saturday
Brooks Silva-Braga had a well paying and interesting job working for NFL films in New York City.  One day he decided to walk into his office and tell his boss he would be leaving to travel the world for a year. With a background in film, Brooks created a documentary about life on the road for one full year, visiting a number of intriguing locations throughout the world. From foreign romances to robberies, this documentary gets down to the honest truth about what it’s like to live out of a backpack on the road.

Baraka
This movie has no storyline, no characters and no dialogue. It is merely a compilation of scenes shot all over this incredible planet that portray the nature and culture of life.  From monkey’s kicking back in hot springs, to native tribes dancing in Papa New Guinea this movie does a phenomenal job of helping you visualize parts of this world that you’ve never even thought about. Anyone with an inkling of curiosity about the happenings of this planet must watch Baraka!

L’Auberge Espanol
Even if you are linguistically challenged, you can watch this ‘grin-producing’ French flick with subtitles and be taken on a fabulous ride. The movie follows a young, French graduate student who decides to take a year studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. He ends up living in a house chalked full of people from different countries all over Western Europe. Through experiences with his new roommates he learns valuable lessons about life and starts to question his intended career path in working for the French Government.

The Art of Travel
For reasons I can’t give away as they would ruin the awesome surprise of this movie, a young American decides to fly down to Nicaragua for a completely sporadic and unplanned adventure. From Central America to South America the main character wanders, stays in hostels and partakes in a plethora of adventures. If you’ve ever wondered what life is like as a Gringo down South, The Art of Travel will give you a fantastic idea!

By Alex Vere Nicoll

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