Sometimes, travel inspiration comes in unexpectedly. It can happen through the pages of books, conversations, photos and life changing meals. But we’d be lying if we didn’t tell you that some of our biggest travel inspo comes directly from films. Yep, some of our biggest wanderlust strikes in the midst of compelling movies set in far off places. Today, we wanted to share twelve of our favorite films that will inspire any woman to travel this world!
1,100 miles of extreme solitude and wrestling the natural elements of the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl Strayed’s journey from the Mojave Desert to Washington State isn’t just her ticket to recovery, but also to fulfillment and courage. “Wild” had our hearts pounding, and we’re sure it will inspire you to reconnect with nature and push your boundaries externally and internally.
Is there a more classic travel film? We think not! Audrey Hepburn stole our hearts in her iconic role as rule-breaking Princess Ann, who gleefully whisks herself free from her royal schedule for a night in Rome. If there’s a more charming travel movie, call us liars!
Lost In Translation
After feeling trapped in the confines of their hotel, a neglected woman and a has-been actor form an unlikely friendship… and their boredom is dashed aside after they take on the bright lights of Tokyo awaiting them. This film’s cinematography brings the intense beauty of Japan to life. It’ll be hard not to book a one-way flight to the eclectic, ancient island nation.
Eat, Pray, Love
The journey to self discovery comes in many forms… and Eat, Pray, Love proves it. Told from the perspective of a woman who sets her sights on a new life’s direction, this movie is jam packed with all the good stuff women travelers hope for. Discovery, enlightenment, deliciousness, romance – it’s all there. We love how Eat, Pray, Love illustrates how travel brings more than beautiful destinations, but lots of self reflection and awareness.
P.S. we’re big fans of the book too! Check out some of our other fave female-focused travel books.
Thelma & Louise
The ultimate road trip movie! The dynamic duo take a trip of a lifetime, while escaping the law and finding love and discovery along the way. “Thelma & Louise” is a story of friendship formed over intense experiences together – quite like those we experience when traveling. Wouldn’t you agree?
Away We Go
The travel movie we’d recommend to any young couple. While awaiting the birth of their first baby, Burt and Verona travel across America searching for the perfect “home” for their new family. Their misadventures across the country bring them closer to old friends, and ultimately each other and themselves. We love the message of this movie – home isn’t always a place. It can be so much more than that.
Under The Tuscan Sun
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany – and the plot ensues! (Don’t we all wish this was our own reality?) After a heartbreaking divorce, Frances Mayes finds herself in Italy surrounded by new faces and unknown territory. “Under The Tuscan Sun” is the perfect movie for any female traveler making a big change in her life. Tuscany is truly the star of this film!
Out Of Africa
Africa’s stunning natural beauty will leave you breathless while watching. It’s no wonder that Meryl Streep’s character is swept away by more than the big game hunter she’s destined to fall for. “Out Of Africa” is shot with such detail and illustrative imagination, you’re bound to find yourself longing to experience the heart of Africa yourself.
If you’re looking for an excuse to visit New Zealand – look no further. This relatively unknown film is incredibly moving. Set in the quiet and fascinating Maori village on the island, “Whale Rider” tells the story of a girl of the tribe struggle to find her grandfather’s acceptance while highlighting the struggles of the indigenous people. It’s truly one of our favorites.
Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants
Four best high school friends living in Maryland set off on their summers separately – on to Mexico, another to Greece, and others right at home. The storyline weaves their collective experiences beautifully, while also featuring the beauty and contrasts of experiences had solo. This movie may be an unexpected choice – but we promise you’ll be reinvigorated to connect with your besties while also craving your next adventure.
When craving a trip of solitude and reflection, lead character Robyn embarks on a solo trip from Alice Springs, Australia to the Indian Ocean. With her faithful dog and four camels in tow, this story illustrates an impossible journey completed by an unexpected hero. Truly a remarkable film that will illuminates how travel allows us to face our fears, and find our way.
This series is perfect for the romantic traveler. On his way to Vienna, Jesse meets Celine, a student on her way back to Paris. After a conversation of a lifetime, the two get off the train and explore Vienna. The rest? We’ll let you watch and see. This film is truly a glimpse at the romance of discovering a new place with and new person.