Have you ever had serious travel envy while watching a film? With the new year coming up we look for new adventures and trips to look forward to. Here’s a list of 10 films that will have you booking flights before the credits start.
Into the wild
Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and South Dakota; Into the Wild takes you on a beautiful journey throughout North America and reveals the beauty in each of its states. Based on a true story the film follows the life of a young student athlete who leaves everything behind after graduation and hitchhikes throughout the country.
French Kiss exposes the beauty of France from the bustling streets of it’s capital to the poetic vineyards of its’ countryside. The comdey follows a home-bird with a sever fear of flying. When her fiancé jets to Paris and leaves her for a french woman she sets off on an adventure throughout the country; which sees her form an unlikely friendship with a french crook.
Kate: “Did you know that there are four hundred and fifty-two official government cheeses in this country? Don’t you think that’s incredible?”
Krabi, Phuket, Phi Phi Leh, Khao Yai, Bangkok; Danny Boyle uses Thailand as a paradise backdrop for his thriller which follows a young traveller named Richard. He travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, intrigued, he sets out to find it.
“So what else do you need to know? Stuff about my family, or where I’m from? None of that matters. Not once you cross the ocean and cut yourself loose, looking for something more beautiful, something more exciting and yes, I admit, something more dangerous.”
Mumbai teen Jamal, who grew up in India’s slums, becomes
a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers. Not only do we see his life history but we are shown a history of India. From slums to rich cities India’s crowded and fast paced atmosphere is exposed as we discover Agra, Mumbai and Juhu.
In this classic we see Audrey Hepburn embody a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her guardians and falls in love with Rome – and a handsome American journalist. This film is responsible for the popular city walk in Rome which stops at the famous; Mouth of Truth, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain,Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps and the Tiber River as well as other locations.
Reporter: Which of the cities visited did Your Highness enjoy the most?
Princess Ann: Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to — Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.
Eat, Pray, love
New York, Naples, Rome, Delhi, Haryana and Bali; Eat Pray Love takes us all over the globe as we follow newly divorced Elizabeth who is at a crossroads in her life and decides to step out of her comfort zone. She risks everything to change her life, and embarks on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India, and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Indonesia.
“If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.”
Catch me if you can
Catch me if you can tells the true story of an FBI agent who hunts down a young con artist, Frank Abagnale Jr, who becomes a jet setter and successfully impersonates an airline pilot, doctor, and assistant attorney general, cashing more than $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in 26 countries. The film was shot in 147 different locations in only 52 days including;Los Angeles, California, Burbank, Downey, New York, LA/Ontario, Quebec City and Montreal.
Wild is a chronicle of one woman, Cheryl, who does a 1,100-mile hike alone throughout the Pacific Crest Trail. After years of reckless, destructive behaviour, the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl has lost all hope and makes the rash decision to go alone with absolutely no experience. Although a dramatic film the movie’s scenery would make any hiker drool; it was filmed mostly in Oregon (Crater Lake National Park, Ashland, and Bend) as well as in Vancouver, Washington.
Cheryl: Honestly? I’m lonelier in my real life than I am out here.
The sound of music
It may be a surprise to some that this 1960’s classic makes the list but it’s basically a love letter to the stunningly beautiful Austria. It tells the story of a woman who leaves her convent and becomes a nanny for the children of a widowed naval officer. Filmed mostly in Salzburg tourists can take a tour inspired by the movie which stops at the main locations where the film was shot.
Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning you greet me.
Small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me.
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow, bloom and grow forever.
Edelweiss, Edelweiss, bless my homeland forever…
The endless summer
This summer flick follows surfers Michael Hynson and Robert August on an around-the-world surfing adventure who are in search of the perfect wave. On their quest they end up meeting some colorful local characters. By the end of the film they boys have been everywhere from the uncharted waters of West Africa, to the shark-filled seas of Australia, to the tropical paradise of Tahiti and beyond. These Californian surfers accomplish in a few months what most people never do in a lifetime.
What’s your favourite movie that makes you want to pack a bag and travel the world?