Travel inspiration can come in many forms, and often times, at the most unexpected places. For a film buff like me, movies are often the best inspiration for travel destinations and activities.
I recall watching movies as a little girl and dreaming of all the places that I wanted to visit and have adventures in. Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever believed I could do all that and more!
Here are some of my top five travel-inspiring movies:
1. Midnight in Paris. I love the idea of traveling and getting transported into a whole new time and place. And although in my travels, I’ve never experienced anything as surreal as Owen Wilson’s character in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” I can certainly relate to the frenetic, almost obsessive way we can lose ourselves into situations abroad that we just cannot seem to make sense of. Plus, Adrien Brody as Salvador Dali is absolute genius!
2. Endless Summer. I love a good surf movie and it doesn’t get any better than the classic, “Endless Summer.” Shot in 1966 and following two Californian surf legends chasing the sun and surf around the globe in search of the perfect waves, it made me want to follow in their footsteps. So much so in fact, that the idea of surfing for a year around the world is one of my travel bucket list items!
3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I owe a large part of my fascination of India to this Steven Spielberg adventure. I fell more and more captivated with the exotic land the closer Indy got to recovering the Sankara stones and knew that one day, I would have to see this intriguing country for myself. I have no idea why the heart ripping out, live snake and monkey brain eating, and human sacrificing didn’t turn me off, but I’m happy to report that I have spent a great deal of time in India and none of that actually happens.
4. Darjeeling Limited. I absolutely adore the quirkiness of Wes Andersen and in his wacky, and brilliantly executed film, “The Darjeeling Limited,” he explores the spiritual journey (and magnificent train ride) taken by three estranged brothers in India. Throw in long-simmering jealousies, India’s relaxed standards on over-the-counter medications, a lost cobra, and a laminating machine, all set in some very quintessential India locales, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an entertaining travel movie.
5. Weekend at Bernie’s II. You read that right. I am listing Weekend at Bernie’s II as one of my top travel-inspiring movies. Hear me out! Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman are in white sand, crystal blue watered St. Thomas where they spend their time befriending locals, scuba diving, and looking for buried treasure. Sounds like an ideal tropical holiday to me. So what if they’re doing it with a voodoo-possessed dancing corpse? I’ve had worst travel companions than a dead guy who likes to shake a leg every now and then.
So while these five travel-inspiring movies aren’t necessarily all high-caliber, award-winning films, they did inspire me to travel to new destinations and try activities that I may not have otherwise.
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