10 Best Movies That Inspire Wanderlust

Films about main characters who travel far and wide to gain new cultural experiences inspire viewers with meaningful messages. Travel movies, like Reese Witherspoon Savage and Julia Roberts’ Eat Pray Love, are worth pursuing at all stages of life. When the two protagonists in these films decide to embark on a quest for self-discovery, their journeys help them cope with loss and grief.

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Between the thrill of adventures, stunning locations, and a thoughtful storyline, travel films can uplift the viewer. There are plenty of feel-good movies with strong plots that inspire fans to keep pursuing real-life adventures.

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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)


Hazel and Augustus in Amsterdam in Our contrary stars

How often does the movie heroine have the chance to meet her favorite author who has retired to Amsterdam? Hazel Grace’s journey comes to life thanks to her boyfriend, Augustus Waters, who shares his cancer wish with her (from the Make-A-Wish Foundation).

Corn Blame it on our stars, is an adaptation of the on-screen book for teens, it has lessons for people of all ages and walks of life. Amsterdam becomes a place of hope for Hazel and helps her understand life on a deeper level. She and Augustus take a boat cruise around the canals of Amsterdam, visit the Anne Frank House, and spend time admiring the scenery. Their adventure leaves fans wishing for a similar incredible travel experience in the scenic town.


How To Be Single (2016)


Alice travels the Grand Canyon in How To Be Single

Dakota Johnson’s Alice, who struggles to navigate life on her own, ends how to be single with a new respect for his celibacy. The character, at first, is an adventurous paralegal who put her romance on hold and moved to New York to work.

The film ends on a high note when Alice finally does the things she always wanted to do. She travels the Grand Canyon, and her optimism inspires viewers to embark on their own solo adventures. Biggest takeaway how to be single is that alone time is empowering, valuable and should be put to good use.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)


Vicky Cristina and Juan Antonio having lunch at

by Woody Allen Vicky Cristina Barcelona boasts an engaging story, excellent cinematography, and captivating narration by Christopher Evan Welch. The story is based on two best friends, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) who travel to Barcelona and fall in love with the same local artist, Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem).


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Besides being one of Rebecca Hall’s best films, Vicky Cristina Barcelona too makes for an aesthetically pleasing watch. Vicky and Cristina’s thrilling adventures in places like Oviedo remind fans that those rare experiences only come with travel.

Letters to Juliet (2010)


AManda Seyfried’s Letters for Juliet is an aesthetic treat. The amazing movie the visuals showcase both the noisy Times Square and the serene Veneto vineyards.

It stars Seyfried Sophie, who is traveling to Italy with her fiancé a few weeks before their wedding. They have spent the whole trip apart and Sophie finds herself attracted to an Englishman named Charlie. Letters for Juliet is a fan favorite and especially beloved by those unafraid to seek love in enchanting lands.


Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)


There’s something magical about escapist cinema that features main characters rising to the occasion and claiming their happiness. An example in this sense is that of Audrey Wells Under the Tuscan sun.

Directed by Diane Lane’s Frances Mayes, the film tells the story of a 35-year-old writer who travels to Italy after her husband’s infidelity breaks up their marriage. Mayes makes an impulsive offer on a ramshackle but charming house in Tuscany and calls it home. Between Maynes healing his heart and finding his true self, Under the Tuscan sun is the answer to questions for any adventurous and empathetic person. It’s about finding a home away from home and in the romantic Tuscan landscape.


The Vacation (2006)


Cameron Diaz as Amanda Woods in the English countryside in The Holiday

Vacations begins when two women, one from the United States and the other from the United Kingdom, exchange their house on the Internet and have a life-changing experience. The film is a powerful cinematic lesson in the benefits of travel. Kate Winslet’s Iris lives in a charming cottage in the English countryside, and Cameron Diaz’s Amanda Woods lives in a breathtaking California mansion.

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Iris and Amanda swap homes to escape their relationship troubles. They relish local experiences with people they feel like they’ve known for ages. Vacations is a well-known classic with relatable quotes and heartwarming moments. With his invaluable lessons in finding common sense, he cemented its place as a classic piece of popular culture.

Lost in Translation (2003)


Charlotte looks from her hotel window at

Scarlett Johansson stars alongside Bill Murray in by Sofia Coppola Lost in translation. She plays a young graduate, Charlotte, accompanying her famous photographer husband in vibrant Tokyo. Murray stars as a middle-aged movie star named Bob Harris going through an existential crisis.

Charlotte and Bob strike up an unlikely friendship that gradually turns into a platonic romance. For them, the neon streets of Japan become a retreat and an escape from angst and boredom. lost in translation is a visceral look at the effects of emotional anguish and boredom on people. The movie is about those deep, meaningful, and impactful travel experiences that enrich a person’s life, and it’s an easy favorite of viewers who find travel a rewarding experience.

Eat, Pray, Love (2010)


Elizabeth Gilbert eats frozen yogurt in Italy

The fascinating performance of Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love is a strong reminder that traveling can aid in the recovery of a troubled heart. Roberts plays Elizabeth Gilbert, a recently divorced woman who embarks on a quest for self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India, and Indonesia.

Gilbert discovers the pleasure of food in Italy, the power of meditation and prayer in India, and the value of inner peace and true love in Bali. The film features picturesque scenes from each country. Anyone wishing to visit one of the three countries for its culture, cuisine or landscape should definitely give Eat Pray Love since.


Wild (2014)


Lost Cheryl

Reese Witherspoon’s movie Savage tells the true story of Cheryl Strayed who hiked the incredible Pacific Crest Trail despite many setbacks. Every day, Cheryl tried to make more sense of her life and her losses. The difficult terrain allowed her to devote all her energies and she finished the course with a new sense of peace.

Witherspoon’s character-driven portrayal of a novice hiker traversing one of the world’s toughest trails earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Savage is not only a favorite among travel enthusiasts, but it is also good for the soul, the eyes and the heart.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)


Oliver and Elio in Lombardy in Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino’s visually stunning indie romance, Call me by your name, catapulted Timothée Chalamet to fame. The film tells the story of a teenager (Elio de Chalamet) who begins a fleeting but moving love affair with a visiting researcher (Oliver) in his parents’ villa in Lombardy. call me by your name teaches viewers that heartbreak is a natural part of life and should be acknowledged when it hurts the most.

call me by your name is driven by its powerful quotes and visual subtext. Elio and Oliver’s story is set in 1983 in the far north of Italy and the main locations are Crema, Moscazzano and Bergamo. The striking Italian landscape and detailed camerawork in the film inspires viewers’ wanderlust like no other.

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