People often watch movies to transport themselves to somewhere far away. For some, it might be a way to prepare themselves for their future adventures. And for the others it is mere entertainment. Watching foreign locations, hidden valleys and endless waters on a screen is probably the closest they will get to being there. So, regardless of you hopping on a plane to get halfway around the world or looking for a 3 hours digital escape into wonderland, we have listed the top 15 travel movies on Netflix, for you.
1. The Bucket List
As the name suggests, it indeed is a movie that revolves around two men traveling around to complete their bucket list. It is a story of fate bringing two complete strangers to the same hospital rooms and them discovering same interests. With 6 months to love, they go against the word of their doctors. Set out on a journey to complete the list of things they want to see and do before they die. It is an American comedy drama film released in 2007.
2. Expedition Happiness
It is a travelogue documentary by a German couple. They buy an American school bus and leave the big city to wander in natural beauty. The documentation of visiting Canada, Mexico, Alaska, West Coast, US, and parts south is brilliant. The journey set out with their dog with great cinematography will make you relive their experience with a journey of your own. It was released in 2017 and would need parent advisory for kids to watch.
The film captures the journey of a 30 year old woman who travels to Barcelona on a business trip. It is a American romantic comedy film released in 2018. The movie captures great sunsets and takes you through different places. The movie gives inspiration for multiple quarantine goals, and this might come handy considering the situation around the world.
4. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
The story starts with three best friends bonding after years of no contact. They travel Spain for a vacation and find love, the lost connection, mend fences and heal wounds. The epic trip will want us jumping off our sofas and wanting to travel. They discover adventure in a way never seen and combat their worst fears. This Indian film is a must watch for travel enthusiasts.
An drama film released in 2016, Lion is a true story of a boy who fell asleep on a train and woke up 1000 miles away. Saroo Brierley, a 5 year old boy from rural India gets lost on a train and ultimately gets adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, with only a handful of memories, sets out on a journey back home to find his lost family.
6. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
It is a documentary film about Jiro Ono, one of the world’s greatest sushi chef. He runs a renowned sushi restaurant in Tokyo subway. It is a small place, but is awarded with 3 Michellen stars. The story not only gives you a serious sushi craving but also documents a foodie inspired trip to Japan.
7. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
An Indian romance drama movie, it revolves around 4 friends who travel together. Though it is a romantic drama, much of the movie involves trekking in snow filled mountains and traveling to places around the world. Kabir Thapar, a journalist goes around the world, exploring cultures, people and himself. It is a thrilling experience to watch the portrayal of different cities and their amazing cinematography makes it all the more better.
A movie based on the true story of a woman named Cheryl Strayed. Driven by the loss of her mother and dissolution of her marriage, she makes a decision to put her life back together again. With no experience outdoors, she sets herself out on a 94 day trek alone on the Pacific crest trail – one of the longest and toughest trails.
9. Eat Pray Love
A romance drama released in 2010, it is a story of a woman going through painful divorce who sets out on a one year journey to Italy, India and Bali. Along this adventurous trip, she realizes the true pleasure of life – traveling. The story is a true testimony on how travel can heal one person in and out.
10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
It is a comedy adventure movie and is highly recommended for travel enthusiasts. The story is positive, optimistic and will surely motivate you to get out of your comfort zone. The story revolves around Walter Mitty, an employee of a magazine company. His job is to take photos to publish. And his life suddenly turns upside down when he sets out on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.
11. One Week
One week is a story of a 20 something years old Ben Tyler, who leads a decent life. He starts a journey of road trip to make new friends and view life from a different perspective. This misguided trip on a vintage motorcycle is an adventure of self discovery against beautiful Canadian landscapes.
12. The Fundamentals of Caring
An American road comedy drama film, the fundamentals of caring is a movie that inspires you in different ways. The character of a writer played by Paul Rudd retires after a tragedy in personal life. He becomes a disabled teen’s caregiver. These two set out on an impromptu road trip and along the way understand the importance of friendship and hope in life.
It is an Indian comedy drama film released in 2014. Rani (translates to queen in English) is devastated by her cancelled marriage and decides to go on her honeymoon alone. She is in Paris, alone, exploring life as never seen before. It is a story of a girl from a conservative family who travels alone and experiences things she never thought existed. A movie worth the laughs and time, queen delivers a different perspective of travel.
14. Up in the Air
The story has a business twist to travel. Released in 2009, it is an American comedy drama film featuring George Clooney. He decides to take his co-worker on a business trip to reinvent the importance of face to face meetings. It is a bright, sassy and relevant story about home, unemployment and traveling light,
15. Into the Wild
A story of a son of rich wealthy parents, a graduate from a top university and an athlete. He chooses give his saving to charity, gets rid of all his possessions and sets out on a journey to explore the Alaskan wilderness.
Have you watched any of the movies in the list? If yes, did it inspire or motivate you to travel more? Or do you have movies which inspired you to travel? Let us know your go-to travel movie in the comment section below!
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