25 Best Travel Movies Ever

Best Travel Movies of All Time

What are the Best Travel Movies?


These are the best travel movies ever (in my opinion). You can watch these films over & over again, and never get sick of them. Which ones are your favorites?

I started to realize I had a travel obsession when all my favorite movies were based on crazy travel adventures.

So here is my personal list of the best travel movies of all time.

Once I’ve finished watching any of these films, I feel the instant urge to pack up everything and head out to explore the world. Great travel movies like these have helped inspire my own personal travel goals over the years.

So if you’re looking for some motivation to push you into a backpacking adventure of your own, sit down and watch a couple of these fantastic flicks with a bowl of popcorn, a glass of wine, and a friend. It’s the next best thing to actually traveling!

Just make sure to get off that couch and experience the real thing once in a while, because no matter how good these movies are, they can never replicate the incredible experiences of actual world travel…

My Favorite Travel Movies (2016)


The Motorcycle Diaries

The Motorcycle Diaries Movie
The Motorcycle Diaries is one of my favorite movies of all time. The true story of two medical students embarking on a five month motorcycle trip across South America in order to use their medical training to volunteer for a remote leper colony along the Amazon river. Based on the personal journals of latin American revolutionary Che Guevara, it highlights the freedom, adventure, and personal discovery that is part of the travel experience. A beautiful movie about one of the most influential people to have ever lived, no matter whether you think his influence was positive or negative.

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Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Secret Life of Walter Mitty Movie
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty tells the story of Walter (played by Ben Stiller), an introverted, awkward, and anonymous photo editor at LIFE Magazine who’s real life is pretty boring. However Walter has a very active imagination. When his job is threatened, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling the world from Iceland to Afghanistan in search of his hero while taking risks and conquering new challenges along the way. A mix of incredible visual landscapes, a beautiful soundtrack, and some humor is just icing on the cake. The perfect movie to inspire those yearning for something more out of life.

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A Map For Saturday

A Map for Saturday Movie
A Map For Saturday is a travel documentary that follows one man as he quits his cushy job with HBO to travel around the world for a year and live out of his backpack. It shows the different ways people travel, and gives an accurate picture of what it is like to vagabond around the world long term. You get to experience both the ups and downs of his trip at a very personal level. If you ever thought of doing something like this, the movie will show you what the experience is really like. It also shows you that anyone can travel cheaply if they really want to. The only thing stopping you is, well, you.

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180 Degrees South

180 Degrees South Movie
180 Degrees South is a documentary that follows the adventure of a group of friends as they travel to Patagonia in the spirt of their heroes. They pack their surfboards and climbing gear as they sail and drive along the South American coast, learning about the losing battle against industrialization and the destruction of the natural world. Modern commercial interests fed by the growing human consumption of disposable goods is ruining our planet, and the film shows what some brave people are doing to try and stop it. The movie’s beautiful scenery and fantastic soundtrack mix together with a strong message and travel adventure to create a true work of art.

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The Way

The Way Movie
The Way is a beautiful and inspiring tale about a father walking Spain’s Camino de Santiago trail to honor his recently dead son. The experience is an eye-opening an emotional one for him, as he’s forced to make friends with complete strangers and examine his life during the 800km journey. It features a very eclectic mix of characters, all walking the path for their own personal reasons. The movie certainly made me more interested in traveling along the Camino at some point in my life.

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Que Tan Lejos

Que Tan Lejos Movie
Que Tan Lejos (How Much Further) is set in Ecuador, as Esperanza and Tristeza try to get from the capital city of Quito to the town of Cuenca. It is normally a 5 hour bus ride. The two women decide to hitchhike when local strikes force their bus to stop. One girl is a local trying to stop the love of her life from getting married, while the other is a tourist from Spain. Along the way, they learn from each other while meeting interesting people who help them re-evaluate the purpose of their journeys. The film is filled with beautiful scenery from Ecuador, and gives an authentic portrayal of life in that country.

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In July

In July Movie
In July (Im Juli) is a movie about a road trip through eastern Europe and all the adventure that goes along with it. Daniel is a shy & boring young school teacher who never really does anything fun & exciting. He decides to break out of his shell while chasing a girl from Germany to Turkey on a crazy road trip that will change his life forever. His travel partner shows him what he’s been missing as they drive, hitchhike, walk, swim, get robbed, steal a car, get in fights, escape from jail, and bribe border guards to get to their ultimate destination. By the end of the adventure, he’s a changed person.

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L’auberge Espagnole

L’auberge Espagnole Movie
L’auberge Espangnole (The Spanish Apartment) is about a young, slightly uptight Economics student who goes on an exchange program in Barcelona to learn Spanish before he lands a big job. Xavier is not that experienced with the world, and is in for a surprise when he moves into an apartment filled with international students. He has to learn to live with 6 other roommates from different corners of the globe, putting up with their cultural and personal differences. The adventures they have will open his eyes to what life can be. It’s a funny and realistic movie, based on the real life experiences of the director.

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The Darjeeling Limited

The Darjeeling Limited Movie
The Darjeeling Limited is a wacky film about three wealthy, spoiled brothers taking an overland train trip through India. They haven’t spoken in a year, and the trip is supposed to heal and bond them again. Initially it all goes wrong as they bicker and fight with each other. They are all suffering from depression, and pop pain killers like candy. When it seems like nothing is going right, their crazy experiences along the way finally put things into perspective. The ultimate goal of healing and rejuvenation starts to happen. They finally start to grow up and turn into men. The movie is hilarious, and beautifully shot too. It will make you want to visit India.

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A Good Year

A Good Year Movie
A Good Year is about a high powered London stock broker who’s favorite uncle passes away, leaving him a chateau and vineyard in France. When he visits to quickly prepare the property to be sold for millions, he gets addicted to the laid back, stress-free lifestyle of the French countryside. He falls in love with a local beauty, and has fond flashbacks of his childhood under the care of his womanizing uncle. The whole thing is very funny, and it’s a great date movie! The underlying theme is that there is much more to life than money, plus it will make you long to visit the South of France.

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Lost In Translation

Lost in Translation Movie
Lost In Translation is based on two separate travelers, Bob & Charlotte, visiting Tokyo at the same time. They meet each other and form a friendship as they experience confusion and hilarity in a strange and curious city. Bob is an aging actor starring in commercials, while Charlotte is the bored wife of a photographer there on business. They are an unlikely pair, experiencing a degree of loneliness in a foreign city filled with millions of people. This is another beautifully shot film that also shows how funny and interesting traveling in a new country can be. The many little random experiences that present themselves while traveling are often the most memorable.

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Lawrence Of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia Movie
Lawrence Of Arabia is the classic story of a young, eccentric British army officer who heads into the Arabian desert to gather intelligence about the Arab revolt against Turkey during World War 1. He ends up leading a guerrilla force of them to attack the Turks. The setting of the film is fantastic, and it follows Lawrence as he learns about the people and starts adopting some of their customs. I think this is one of the benefits of travel. You learn from other cultures, and adapt your lifestyle around what you’ve learned. Although the “white man leads a bunch of natives” theme is kind of cheesy, overall the film is great.

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Into The Wild

Into the Wild Movie
Into The Wild is the true story of Christopher McCandless, a recent college graduate who gives away his live savings and hitchhikes to Alaska. He meets all kinds of people along the way, each with their own stories. In Alaska, he heads out into the wilderness to live on his own. His life is filled with random adventures and experiences while he makes his way up to “The Last Frontier”. This is what travel is all about to me. Experiences, good and bad, make you who you are. And long term travel is FULL of new experiences. The key is to not completely get in over your head (like Christopher did).

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Seven Years In Tibet

Seven Years in Tibet Movie
Seven Years In Tibet is about an Austrian mountaineer who heads out to conquer a Himalayan mountain in 1939. After getting captured and sent to a prison camp, he ends up breaking out with another man and sneaking into the holy Tibetan city of Lhasa. He befriends the young Dalai Lama just as the Chinese attempt to invade Tibet by force. Both men are from totally different worlds, yet become great friends and learn from each other. The character starts off as a selfish prick, but slowly changes his outlook on life when confronted with new experiences in a very foreign land. It’s a good movie that shows you how travel adventures can transform your life.

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Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien Movie
Y Tu Mama Tambien is about two best friends who meet an older woman at a family wedding in Mexico City. They convince her to come with them on a road trip to a magical hidden beach that doesn’t exist. She agrees when she finds out her husband has been cheating on her. They head out to find a beach that matches their made-up story. Along the way there is passion, conflict, and jealousy. The film is unrated and has some pretty risqué scenes in it, and may not be for everyone. Their trip reveals the harsh realities of poverty that exist outside their privileged life of the city. It’s an eye opener that all travelers experience at some time in their wandering.

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Movie
Vicky Cristina Barcelona is the tale of two friends who take a vacation to Barcelona, where they meet a mysterious painter, Juan Antonio, who asks them to spend the summer with him. Vicky is the more reserved of the two, engaged to be married, while Cristina is more of a free spirit. The relationship between the three is sexually charged, and drama ensues. Things only get more complicated when Juan’s mentally disturbed ex-wife shows up. The movie is quite entertaining, and is set in the beautiful landscapes & cityscapes of Spain. I especially enjoy it because it shows how travel can open you up to new experiences. You learn what you’re really made of on the road.

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Encounters At The End Of The World

Encounters At The End Of The World Movie
Encounters At The End Of The World is an incredibly beautiful and funny movie about the people and animals who live in Antarctica. The film is done by Werner Herzog, one of my favorite directors. The individuals that work at the National Science Foundation research station are full of character, and most are permanent world travelers. Even if you’ve seen Discovery channel shows about Antarctica, this is totally different and fresh. I liked it much more than I thought I would, and it has earned a spot on my best travel movies list because as soon as it was over I wanted to pack up and head down there for a bit!

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Up Movie
UP is about an old man who spent his life dreaming of world travel and adventure with his wife, only for the both of them to grow old without ever taking any action. Then he finally decides to do something about it, and ends up having the adventure of a lifetime! This animated movie had it all, and was definitely not just for kids. Most people spend their whole life pushing travel goals off to the future, when they should be living those dreams right now. Life is short, and you have to fill it with interesting experiences as often as you can. This movie does a good job of emphasizing that theme.

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Indiana Jones Series

Indiana Jones Movies
The Indiana Jones Series are not particularly accurate travel movies, but they sure are fun! These movies helped plant the seed of adventure in my head many years ago. Who wouldn’t want to go searching for lost artifacts in remote jungles and deserts all over the world? Indy’s wild adventures have inspired many travelers over the years. Sometimes group tours won’t cut it. Heading out by yourself into the unknown is a whole different kind of travel experience, and very rewarding. But the last one, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, sucks monkey balls.

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Comments & Questions


  1. Back to travel
    February 3, 2016

    So glad to see the Encounters at the end of the world get a mention. This film blew me away the first time I saw is. It’s just so beautiful.

  2. Bicycle Junkies
    January 20, 2016

    Great list, some of my favorite movies are in there too!

    I would also like to add: ‘The Bucket List’ with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, great movie and great actors!

    January 19, 2016

    Watch Indian road movie “Blue Skies, Green Waters, Red Earth (2013)”
    It will force you for a long motorcycle ride

  4. krishna kumar
    January 15, 2016

    Great list.. you really made it well.

  5. Ashiq Rafa
    January 15, 2016

    There’s this alien language movie named “charlie” running few theatres all around the world with English subtitles.. It’s my favorite vagabond movie so far.. Everyone should watch it.. “Charlie Malayalam movie” released on 2015 December..

  6. tera
    January 12, 2016

    I really like this list. I have seen about 1/2 of them so it gives me more to watch. I would add Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which, along with Darjeeling Limited, makes me want to go to India; and Marigold, which is a silly Bollywood-inspired love story that will make you want to do the same; and Under The Tuscan Sun, which made me decide I need to retire there!


  7. Jessica
    January 6, 2016

    Great list, seen some of those movies and totally loved them!
    Travel movies keep me inspired on the road and motivate me to travel while at home, they have the same power of a real trip!

  8. Eva
    January 1, 2016

    Really good list, the ones I’ve already seen are really as good as you say. And the unknown ones are definitely now in my list. Thanks!

  9. Natasha T
    December 30, 2015

    I just watched Walter Mitty and then Into the Wild. I should have watched it the other way around since now that I’m going to bed ~_~

  10. Fida
    December 10, 2015

    Fabulous list. Most are still on my list though. I only have seen abut 10, and my absolute favorite is, what else could it be, The Motorcycle Diaries!

  11. Balajee Prusty S
    November 23, 2015

    Dear Matthew,

    All you have mentioned here i am sure that they have their mark in everybody who watch, but i guess your list will be incomplete without a blend of Bollywood movie. it s the movie “Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara”,Yah you hear it right.

    Have a watch on it and i am sure you will like it. Just a request.

  12. angelalee
    October 29, 2015

    Secret life of Of Walter Mitty is very recommended movies you must seen :)

  13. Dale
    October 9, 2015

    but but but…what about Captain Ron? the funniest travel movie and my Fav.

  14. Jame | Hanoi Travel Blog
    September 28, 2015

    In the my previous trip to Singapore, I and my friends spend 2 hours in a cinema, but that movie is so boring :(

  15. Colin Taylor
    September 7, 2015

    Re Lawrence of Arabia:
    “white man leads a bunch of natives” theme is kind of cheesy,
    Are you kidding? It happens to be true. It is not just a cheap Hollywood bullshit trick.

    • Matthew Karsten
      September 7, 2015

      While the basic story is true, much of it is exaggerated. The Arab forces weren’t a bunch of dumb, simple-minded savages, as the movie portrays. There is plenty of cheap Hollywood bullshit in it.

  16. Andrew Kelly
    August 11, 2015

    Ok – My favorite and most realistic travel movie for me is Before Sunrise. Ive traveled a lot and Im sure some people will agree, that some of the very random romantic connections you make on the road really create some incredible memories. The script feels effortless, its innocence is magnetic and for all the movies Ive seen, this reflects my travel experiences. I really recommend this film to travelers coming to this blog. The whole series (there’s three now) is incredible but the first one definitely stands out.

  17. Nalini Chettri
    August 11, 2015

    Just the right thing i was looking for :)


  18. Darby of Green Travel Antics
    August 6, 2015

    I went to India because of the combined influence of Darjeeling Limited and Slumdog Millionaire, and am now headed to Patagonia thanks to 180 South! Some of the only movies I can sit through…

  19. Swati Saroha
    July 20, 2015

    Great work. Really all these movie are so good. Every person must watch all these at once and feel the magic of being a traveler in your life.

  20. Ranen
    July 8, 2015

    Do watch Marutirtha Hinglaj

  21. Sofia
    June 23, 2015

    I haven’t seen most of these movies. I saw Into the Wild and yeah, I felt really sad and frustrated while watching [SPOILER REDACTED]. It’s a very nice movie, and full of lessons; like you really must [SPOILER REDACTED].

    Lost in Translation and Secret Life of Walter Mitty and of course, UP are my favorites!

    • Rah
      June 29, 2015

      Hi Sofia! Generally if you’re gonna post a spoiler that may or may not ruin a movie, you should mention that it’s a spoiler ***BEFORE*** ruining the movie. Thanks for your future consideration!

  22. Allien
    June 21, 2015

    Really a great list of 25 best travel movies and I am pretty much happy that i have completed to see all of them. Thanks

  23. Aaron
    May 28, 2015

    Personally I love “A good year” with Russel Crowe. After reading this post I want to check out “Into the wild” and “7 Years in Tibet”.

  24. Jay
    May 10, 2015

    Hey Matt,

    I know this list is old now, But man we had some of the same movies on the list! I loved 180 Degrees South, It really speaks to the industrialization of the world. Imagine using more power for silly video games then all of San Diego!

  25. Nia
    April 29, 2015

    A few of my favorites: “The Great Outdoors,” “The Long, Long Trailer,” “Undercover Blues,” “Coupe de Ville,” “Captain Ron,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

  26. Zachary Thompson
    April 28, 2015

    “In Bruges”- The setting in Belgium was amazing and definitely inspired me to visit a country I otherwise may have skipped through quickly. Also, this movie is darkly comedic and I love the dialogue in it.

  27. Frank
    April 16, 2015

    Some good movies there. Saw the way and really enjoyed it – you don’t have to be religious and more about self-discovery and meeting people along the way. And I felt the same way about wanting to do it :)
    Lost in Translation one of Spanky’s favorite movies. Had a hard time with it.
    Life of Walter Mitty – been wanting to see that so bad and finally found it on a recent flight from Kuala Lumpur to Frankfurt. Except I fell asleep and missed the whole thing. Darn.
    Frank (bbqboy)

  28. sunilkv
    April 12, 2015

    Thanks for this

  29. Maria Boechat
    March 24, 2015

    Nice list. Many of them our my favorite movies.Some of them i have never heard so definately will watch them.
    keep posting!!

  30. Rafal
    March 11, 2015

    Excellent list. Just watched “Into the Wild” recently and liked it. Some of these I’ve never heard of though so will have to check them out.

  31. Rebecca
    February 16, 2015

    Great post! I have been looking for a list like this!

  32. Milton Estrada
    February 11, 2015

    seen some of them! but needed some inspiration by watching some movies I havent seen before. i need to get on the road again! any other recommendations?

  33. Olga
    January 30, 2015

    Great list! Will definitely watch l’Auberge Espagnole tonight – never even heard of it before!
    I actually made my own list of 20 travel-inspiring movies. Check it out, maybe you’ll find something new to watch, too! :)

  34. nabeel sr
    January 29, 2015

    good list..i would sugest “the art of travel”,”the beach”,”neelakasham pachakadal chuvanna bhoomi (its in malayalam) but great movie

  35. Yen "daBeachBum" Phan @ Marginal Boundaries
    January 28, 2015

    love Secret Life Of Walter Mitty! i saw it on the airplane flying into south america.

    • Matthew Karsten
      February 15, 2015

      I recently returned from visiting Iceland, and the magic of that country matches up with how it’s portrayed in the movie. Amazing!

  36. Joel
    January 28, 2015

    There is a new movie called Hector and the search for happiness. It’s really good, I’m travelling at the moment, and I find it very inspirational, it’s one of my favorites, including into the wild, the way back, gadjo dilo, and so on.
    So I highly recommend it!

    • isa
      April 1, 2015

      i saw that one! great video!

  37. Sabrina
    January 26, 2015

    Love your list, some of them are my favs too. Here are some more ideas:
    “Eat, Pray, Love” Story about a young woman leaving her relationship, job and friends behind to find herself on her trip through Italy, India and Bali.
    “BERLIN TWO SHANGHAI”(berlin2shanghai). Especially love that one! About two brothers who go by bycicle all the way from Germany to China with all their obstacles, fights and victories. Amazing, authentic movie about a crazy adventure.
    “Wild” Movie about a woman hiking the PCT (Pacific Coast Trail)
    “Same same but different”, about a young german-thai couple in Bangkok, Thailand and their cultural differences.
    “The White Massai”, about a german woman falling in love with an African Massai.

  38. ErezIndie
    January 17, 2015

    The best travel movie ever is : Touching the void


  39. Steve
    January 11, 2015

    Great list, Matt! I was about to write a similar list for our blog but it looks like you have it covered! Haha! Up and Indy are both on my list. They both really inspire adventure and an interest in far out culture. If you haven’t already, watch The Lunch box with Irfan Khan. A great and hilarious slice of Indian culture.

    • Matthew Karsten
      January 13, 2015

      Haven’t seen that one, will check it out Steve. Thanks for the tip.

  40. wouter
    December 31, 2014

    apologies for recommending Gadjo Dilo. It would have been a weak list without :) Also check When the Road Bends… Tales of a Gypsy Caravan
    Thanks for Craigslist Joe and a map for saturday, very funny to watch!
    The gods must be crazy always bring back good memories…


  41. Katy Mantyk
    December 29, 2014

    Hey, I am so excited to share my favorite travel movie, and one of my favorites of all time, Latcho Drom. It’s hard to track down to watch, but I found the full length here on Youtube.
    “Latcho Drom” (by Tony Gatlif) 1993 – Gypsies around the world and their music.

  42. Anne-Marie
    December 29, 2014

    Love this list – BOOKMARKED! :D

  43. A Cook Not Mad (Nat)
    December 29, 2014

    and the Deepa Mehta trilogy, Fire, Water and Earth.

  44. A Cook Not Mad (Nat)
    December 29, 2014

    Like Water for Chocolate
    In Bruges
    Out of Africa
    Midnight in Paris

  45. Karine
    December 28, 2014

    Endless Summer 1 and 2. Great surf and travel movies, both inspired me to go to Costa Rica, South Africa and Australia.

  46. wouter
    December 27, 2014

    Gadjo Dilo

  47. Vishnu
    December 24, 2014

    I saw the film La distancia más larga (The Longest Distance) recently at a film festival. I felt that it is a very good movie which can be categorized as a travel movie. The Roraima the Venezuelan border forms the backdrop for the movie. Though i looked for a DVD of the movie to see it again, none was available. Would love to see it again.

  48. Lee
    November 28, 2014

    Some great films I hadn’t seen. In both the list, and the comments. Thank you!
    Here’s some others that inspired me to see the world. I don’t think they’ve been mentioned yet…

    1 Giant Leap
    1 Giant Leap: What About Me?
    Craigslist Joe
    Dances with Wolves
    Life in a Day
    Never Cry Wolf
    Oh My God
    Romancing the Stone

    November 21, 2014

    plz watch the Indian movie yeh jawani h deewani an asum movie

  50. Charles McCool
    November 18, 2014

    Wonderful list of movies.

  51. pingboo
    November 8, 2014

    Just watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It inspired me and that’s the reason why I’m craving for more travel films. I heard most from the comments about “Into the Wild” and “The Art of Travel”. Gonna watch them first :) Thanks people.

  52. Elliott
    November 1, 2014

    Yes Man inspired me to travel. It’s a sillly movie, but has a great message behind it. I’ve been travelling for years now because it inspired me to make one decision. I actually wrote an article about it. http://wp.me/p4g3Gz-7I

  53. Debbie
    October 30, 2014

    Wow there are loads here I wasn’t aware about. Let me recomend you one filmed in my hometown in the Venezuelan Andes.. Una Vida y dos mandados.

  54. Captain Adventure
    October 22, 2014

    It’s pretty much filmed in it’s entirety on location in Paris which is pretty much my favorite city on Earth so far. There’s not much travel except for a garden gnome that flies around the world, and I am pretty sure was the inspiration for Travelocity’s roaming gnome. Even though the main character’s never leave Paris, the film really takes you places. It’s a must see if you haven’t already guessed it, “Amélie”.

  55. Rory
    October 19, 2014

    I’ve walked the Camino twice, and let me tell you… While “The Way” is a feel-good movie, it does not show, in any way, shape, or form, how hard it can be! I didn’t see him get a single blister in that movie. LOL If you want to see A REAL documentary about the Camino de Santiago, check out “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.” (http://caminodocumentary.org/) I was fortunate to see this a week after I returned from my first camino, and it was incredible. Absolutely spot on. A true representation of the pain, joy, hardships, and friendships made along the way. It is scheduled to be out on DVD this fall (2014), but it is being shown at many film festivals. Check the website for up to date info.

    • Saba Akber
      October 20, 2014

      Rory, I plan to walk the camino in two years, you’re right about showing no hardships and it seemed quite difficult too taking three months to reach somewhere. But I’m determined. Guide a little on this, how to prepare myself for it and what to expect? the link you’ve given isn’t working for some reason.

      Hopeful :D

  56. Kate
    October 18, 2014

    A great one I found on Netflix was mile..mile & 1/2. It’s a documentary about a group of friends hiking the John Muir Trail for a month. Great scenery and enjoyable commentary

  57. Mirka
    October 17, 2014

    Matthew, thanks for sharing the list of movies.
    I may recommend ,, Cairo time” if you haven’t seen already.

  58. Marah Howles
    October 9, 2014

    UP is one of my favourite movies. The story is really inspiring. But will watch other movies that you are recommending.

  59. Dari
    October 4, 2014

    My number one is The wild and not because it’s a real story but some how this movie really opened my thoughts like ,WOW what would you do if you were in his situation.

  60. Shankar
    September 28, 2014

    “Nowhere in Africa”

  61. Robin Berthelet
    September 22, 2014

    Outsourced made me long for the scent of cardamon and who could not like the craziness that was Eurotrip.

  62. Vishnu
    September 21, 2014

    Matthew – this is a great collection of movies which I keep coming back to, again and again. Not just the post, but the awesome set of comments here as well! Great job.

    I got to see “Beyond the pole” recently – although not a strict travel movie per se, it kind of portrays the complexities you always get while planning any travel. I think somebody already tried to mention about “Everything is Illiminated”, but I found the movie to be very inspiring, albeit because it had Eugene Hutz in it! Another movie which comes to mind is “Withnail and I” – again not a 100% travel movie, but I remember this movie everytime I go for a hiking trip only to have bad weather spoil the ‘very calculated’ trip. Another one that springs to mind is ‘Dil Chahthai Hai’, a Hindi movie from India – this movie was solely responsible for a million college students to bike to Goa on random trips! Only about 30 minutes of the movie is actually ‘spent travelling’, but it had quite a huge impact. I did not see ‘Latcho Drom’ in the comments anywhere, but its debatable whether its a travel movie or not.

    Other assorted collections: (apologies if people have mentioned this before!)

    Away we go
    One week
    Le grand voyage
    Que tan lejos


  63. Jonny
    September 20, 2014

    The Way Back starring Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess. Now the movie isn’t primarily about travel for the sake of traveling/expedition. It is about some convicts escaping a Russian jail and the gargantuan trek they take from Russia to India, traveling across barren lands, deserts, greenery and lakes. The movie is about their struggle during the travel, but the movie was beautifully shot and deserves a watch from every nature/travel lover.

  64. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    September 19, 2014

    This is an awesome list! I am going to watch the movies I haven’t seen before the year is over! Thanks :D

  65. Maddie
    September 17, 2014

    You should add Eat, Pray, Love. Great travel movie.

  66. Aygul
    September 7, 2014

    Sorry, I couldn’t read all the comments. Hope nobody mentioned the Art of Travel and Samsara. Outsourced is not bad too.

  67. Daniel
    September 3, 2014

    You must add “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio. I only watch the first 45 mins of the movie before the harsh story line kicks in lol

  68. Stephan
    September 3, 2014

    Great list! Have seen many of them. But cant believe no one mentioned Babel yet. That’s an awesome travel movie! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449467

  69. Muhammed Fazil
    September 3, 2014

    My favorite travel movie which inspired me lot is “Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi”

    after watching this movie I bought Royal Enfield and ride to same places which i saw in the film,

    The journey was amazing and also the movie was spectacular..

    • Matthew Karsten
      September 4, 2014

      Thanks for the recommendation Muhammed, I’ll check it out! Just watched the trailer and it looks great.

      • nithin
        September 6, 2014

        that’s a malayalam movie ( a regional language of Kerala) . I think those movie makers were inspired by the movie “motorcycle diaries”. But the story is entirely different.

  70. Fab M.
    August 13, 2014

    50 first dates
    007 series
    Mission Impossible series

  71. Ellie
    July 2, 2014

    Maybe it’s one of those series that are only really good when you’re young but I absolutely loved the tv-series Relic hunters about ten years ago. They travel the world saving ancient artifacts and it is definitely one of the reasons why I’m currently travelling wonderful New Zealand and planning my next trips to south America and se Asia!
    Great blog by the way!

    • Matthew Karsten
      July 4, 2014

      Thanks Ellie! I’ve never heard of that series before. I’ll look it up.

  72. kaaist
    June 28, 2014

    My vote is for Into The Wild. That film is so epic. I love the soundtrack by Eddie Vedder too.

  73. TheSpeakingMind
    June 22, 2014

    Thank You For sharing this beautiful list. May you be happy for ever.

  74. Dr Peter Sloane
    June 8, 2014

    I think that you’ll have to add “Tracks” just out. Very good.

  75. Hidde
    June 4, 2014

    Great list, sir! Thank you! There are quite a few on there that i haven’t seen yet. Some of my suggestions: Kon-Tiki, The Endless Summer, Before Sunrise, Baraka, Easy Rider, The Beach (although the book is way better) and Tracks (just went to see it and I was blown away:))

    • lazoon
      July 4, 2014

      Just a note to agree with Hidde about “Tracks”….Brilliantly understated experience of what must’ve been a gruelling solo trek…well, solo ‘cept for the camels!

  76. Regin
    May 27, 2014

    You forgot Up in the Air, Last Stop for Paul, A Map for Saturday, The Beach, The Art of Travel, and Before Sunrise-Sunset-Midnight

  77. David
    May 22, 2014

    I would go for Only You with Robert Downey Jnr & Maria Tomei. Bit of a soppy film but some majestic Italian scenery compensates for this!

  78. Jujujulio
    May 17, 2014

    I think “The Bucket List” should be in the list too.

  79. nomadbiba
    May 8, 2014

    Baraka, a documentary that’s just beautiful images and sounds from around the world… no words.

  80. Pat
    April 27, 2014

    I’ve just watched “The way” and I have cried the whole length of the movie!!!
    The ending was great thought, great message!!!

  81. Echo Santos
    April 26, 2014

    Into the Wild is the best in my book. I also agree with one commenter here about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Movies that compels you to just go live your travel dreams!

  82. SArdar Awais Ali
    April 22, 2014

    THE WAY BACK. guyz must watch this movie you’ll really love it ahhhh!!! one of my favourites

    • Basharat
      October 4, 2014

      The Way Back ……………… no match … great movie greatest movie ever i watched.

  83. Chris
    April 21, 2014

    I have been searching for some travel movies to refresh my memories of past journeys, and to inspire me to new adventures. Thanks for this wonderful list, Matt! I don’t recall having seen these films mentioned in the comments, so I’d like to suggest Richard Linklater’s exceptionally executed “Before” trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight). Taken as individual movies and as a complete oeuvre, these little narrative and cinematic gems have transported me to their gorgeous locales and served as inspiration for new trips.

  84. HoboNoa
    April 19, 2014

    I would recommend “Hobo” , by John T Davis. In this movie John is traveling with trainriding hobos in USA. Its a really good movie, it have all igreedients – information, portrait of people, the travelfeeling,,,, its just a really good travelmovie that will make you grab Your backpack and head for the road. Or the railroadtracks.
    And while Im at it – “Sans toit ni loi” , also known as “Vagabond”. A french drifter in france. Really an inspiering travelmovie if You are into ruff travel and dont mind sleaping outside. /Noa

  85. Discerning
    March 30, 2014

    Out Of Africa

  86. Christine
    March 29, 2014

    Eat Pray Love

  87. SaharMarianne
    March 23, 2014

    The Seltering Sky, Under the Tuscan Sun, Letters to Juliet, The Painted Veil, The English Patient, Eat Love and Pray, Australia, The City of Life (about Dubai), Before Midnight (greece)

  88. Umm e
    March 22, 2014

    Under the Tuscan Sun has always made me dream about traveling to an unknown quaint place in Europe and just settling there

  89. Supertramp
    March 18, 2014

    North of the sun! ;)

  90. Alex
    March 13, 2014

    Arctic Extreme is a must!

  91. Vriezen
    March 6, 2014

    I don’t recall seeing this in the comments. Not sure if it should count as a travel movie but since Up was mentioned I was reminded of the french movie Amelie. Especially the part where she took her father’s garden gnome and had postcards from all over the world sent to his house of garden gnome selfies inspiring Amelie’s father to travel for the first time since his wife died.


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