My top 5 travel inspiring films

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My top 5 travel inspiring films

As you know I love to travel, so it’s not like I need any more encouragement, but here are the top 5 movies that give me itchy feet to get out and discover the world.

If you haven’t already, do yourself a favour and check them out, but be warned you’ll be planning your next trip soon after..!



1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The_Secret_Life_of_Walter_Mitty_posterI didn’t really know what to expect with Ben Stiller playing a role that wasn’t laugh out loud comedy, but I really enjoyed this one.  The only fictional story in my list, the movie is about Walter Mitty (played by Stiller) who has worked at the same magazine for years and lives a very routine and mundane existence, constantly daydreaming of doing something extraordinary.

The magazine is set to publish it’s final edition using images from a talented and mysterious photographer, when a negative goes missing, sending Walter on a worldwide adventure.  The cinematography and special effects are excellent, the scene where Walter is skateboarding through the mountains of Iceland is breathtaking.

Favourite quote: when the photographer has the elusive snow leopard in frame and lowers his camera, Walter asks him when he’s going to take the photo and he replies  “Sometimes I don’t. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.”   I think we could all learn from this, we are often so busy trying to capture the moment to share on social media that we forget to actually be in the moment and truly experience it.

Watch the trailer here.


2. 180 Degrees South (2010) 

180-degrees-southThis documentary follows Jeff Johnson who decides to retrace the epic journey taken by Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia in 1968.  Johnson meets up with Chouinard and Tompkins, who talk about their love of nature and the value of outdoor adventure.  The journey embarked upon is not an easy one, and the resolve of Johnson is tested along the way.

This film will inspire you to get outside and explore the world at our doorstep, and provides interesting insight into Chouinard and Tompkins, who not only founded well know brands North Face and Patagonia, but are working to protect the environment they love.

Favourite quote: while discussing the spiritual awakening and self change that occurs when you have a truly deep experience, Chouinard speaks about the way things happen today and the commercialisation of “adventure” saying “Taking a trip for six months to get in the rhythm of it. It feels like you can go on forever doing that. Climbing Everest is the ultimate and the opposite of that. Because you get these high powered plastic surgeons and CEO’s, they pay $80,000 and have sherpas put the ladders in place and 8000 feet of fixed ropes and you get to the camp and you don’t even have to lay out your sleeping bag. It’s already laid out with a chocolate mint on the top. The whole purpose of planning something like Everest is to effect some sort of spiritual and physical gain and if you compromise the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back.”

Watch the trailer here.


3. Wild (2014)

Wild2014PosterBased on the true story of Cheryl Strayed, Wild documents her solo three month hike along the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) after going through a dark and self destructive phase in her life due to the death of her mother.  I loved Reese Witherspoon as Strayed in the film, she captured the raw emotion perfectly.

The movie shows the highs and lows of her journey, both physically and emotionally, and demonstrates that sometimes we need to spend some time alone with ourselves.  The scenery is stunning and will make you want to get out on the trails and amongst the trees.

Favourite quote: while watching the sunset “My mother used to say something that drove me nuts. There is a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.”

Watch the trailer here.


4. Maidentrip (2013) 

maidentripThis documentary tells the story of Laura Dekker who set out on a round the world sailing voyage at the age of 14.  She spent nearly two years at sea, stopping along the way to experience as much as she could.  The film was particularly interesting as we see her change during these transformative adolescent years, and grow into herself.

Noticeably at the start of the journey she dislikes the long passages at sea and looks forward to seeing other people, but by the end of the trip she is much more at peace within herself and instead looks forward to the quiet time at sea.

I think back to 14 year old me and I have no idea how she managed this trip on her own, needless to say she’s got determination and guts!

Favourite quote: “Of course there were people who say you’re crazy, but it’s a dream, a great, great dream.”

Watch the trailer here.


5. Into the Wild (2007)

into the wildBased on the true story of Christopher McCandless who after graduating from university with a promising future, decided he wanted something else from life and decided to make his way to Alaska.  He gave up all his possessions and money, cut off all communication with his family and hitchhiked across America, eventually living in the wilderness of Alaska.

He meets many interesting people and embarks on all kinds of activities along the way.  Although his plan was somewhat poorly executed, I completely understand his motives and ideas.  This movie will ask you to question your life and the way you live it.

Favourite quote: a written quote, his final realisation, “Happiness only real when shared”.

Watch the trailer here.


Ok so I know that’s 5, but let’s be honest this list would not be complete if I didn’t talk about Eat, Pray, Love (2010).  A hugely popular movie, there’s no denying watching Julia Roberts roam the streets of Rome and discover the pleasure in eating, make some serious self realisations in India, and feel love and peace in Bali gets me every time.  Eat_pray_love_ver2

I also read the novel which gave me a deeper understanding of Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey, and helped me to see that just because we are in a life that is comfortable and perceived as meeting societal expectations, does not mean we don’t have the right to question it and decide we want to do something else.

Favourite quote: when eating pizza in Napoli she tells her friend to stop feeling guilty and enjoy the pizza, saying “I’m so tired of saying no and waking up in the morning and recalling every single thing I ate the day before. Counting every calorie I consumed so I know exactly how much self-loathing to take into the shower. I’m going for it. I have no interest in being obese; I’m just through with the guilt.”  Amen sister.

Watch the trailer here.

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