Best travel movies to inspire wanderlust

Each of us once saw a movie that made you want to move to a specific place immediately after watching it. There is probably a dozen films, series, and books, but today we share some titles that we think are at least worth your attention.

The Chef's Table

To grow and to improve, you have to be there – at edge of uncertainty

Number one is definitely Netflix’s The Chef’s Table. Although this is not a movie but a documentary series (three seasons/ 18 episodes). And it is so good that we recommend everyone without exception. Even if you’re not a big culinary fan. It’s a genius document about food, travels, and extraordinary people. In each episode, you will be transported into the world of one of the most celebrated chefs of our time, to their restaurants, houses, orchards, gardens, and even to the Amazon jungle – wherever their inspiration for cooking comes from. The message is simple. Every one of the eighteen chefs you’ll meet is taking full advantage of their cultural heritage and enjoy local products with tremendous respect. It is worth seeing from pure curiosity, but also for beautiful landscapes and equally beautiful shots. The Chef’s Table is a beautifully realized story about extraordinary people who, in spite of everything, achieve their dreams.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

“Life is about courage and the unknown”

The number two on our list is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Known mainly for his comedy actions Ben Stiller played the title role of Walter Mitty – an incorrigible dreamer who abandoned his dreams many years ago. As a result of an unfortunate series of events, he embarks on the greatest adventure of his life. The film was realized with true cinematic panache. It looks astonishing, the landscapes on the screen and the brilliant background music will probably make you rewatch it few times. We can guarantee an injection of positive energy and the irresistible need to buy airline tickets, perhaps to Iceland. But you wanted to go there anyway…


“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves…”

Pacific Crest Trail is one of the most beautiful trails you can hike through North America. It counts several thousand kilometers stretching from Canada to Mexico and leads mainly through mountains and forests, bypassing the so-called Civilization. And this is the route (to be more exact a part of the route) you will go with only American favorite Reese Witherspoon. Cheryl, because that’s the name of the character Reese plays, hikes alone to face her past and herself. Maybe it does not sound too original. We’ve already seen it in “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “eat. pray. love. ” But unlike Julia’s Roberts character, no one here eats bowls of spaghetti or meditates in a Buddhist monastery. Cheryl walks forward regardless of sweat, tears, and blisters, oh a lot of blisters … Because Wild is not another sweet romantic comedy, just a real drama. We admit without beating, we watched it mainly for the sights, and there are plenty of them.

The Beach

“I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for, ’cause it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something, and if you find that moment… it lasts forever…”

One of the first films with a backpacker story, which got a lot of publicity was The Beach. Probably thanks to the incredibly popular at the time handsome young man – Leonardo DiCaprio. And although no one got the Oscar for this film, and the critics didn’t leave a thread on it, it’s worth watching mainly for the beautiful Thai background. For the more ambitious audience, we recommend Alex Garland’s book, based on which the script for the film was made. By the way, we have seen tickets to Thailand for less than 500 USD recently, so be careful, a paradise beach can be a bit crowded nowadays…


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