12 Great Movies to inspire wanderlust

Are you looking for some great movies to inspire Wanderlust? We all lose motivation sometimes, myself especially when I start to feel stuck, and haven’t travelled for a while.

When I feel like this, I watch a few of these movies to inspire, motivate and give me ideas for future adventures. I hope they inspire you too.

1. Given

I chose this movie to be my number one because I absolutely adore it, and it truly is worth the watch. This movie brings out our inner child and reminds us to look at the world like we used to. I love how Given describes the world and reminds us just how beautiful it is.

Synopsis: GIVEN is the story of a legacy that takes one unique family on an adventure from their home in Kauai around the world. Told through the memories of a child, Given is the simple, yet powerfully contemplative story of a unique family legacy come full circle.

2. The Art of Flight

Whether you are a snowboarder or not, the cinematography in this documentary is enough to inspire me to want to see more. I am not a snowboarder, and I have to say I really enjoyed this one.

You get to see the beautiful views of Austria, Alaska, Canada, Patagonia, Aspen and Jackson Hole. They also have a second documentary called Fourth Phase; although, I think The Art of Flight is by far their best work.

Synopsis: Two years in the making, “The Art of FLIGHT” gives iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new tricks are landed, and new zones opened, alongside the lows, where avalanches, accidents, and wrong-turns strike. Immerse yourself in a cinematic experience as Brain Farm and their arsenal of filmmaking technology capture the culture, wildlife and scenic landscapes the riders take in along the way. Join in the ride as the creators of “That’s It, That’s All” completely rewrite the formula for action sports cinema with “The Art of FLIGHT.”

3. Amelie

I have absolutely adored this movie since I was a child. This French film will show you the beauty that Paris has to offer, what it’s like being a local Parisian, as well as the adorable quirks of Amelie.

The gnome’s adventures are just as inspiring. This is a French film with subtitles.

Synopsis: “Amélie” is a fanciful comedy about a young woman who discretely orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making. Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Delicatessen”; “The City of Lost Children”) invokes his incomparable visionary style to capture the exquisite charm and mystery of modern-day Paris through the eyes of a beautiful ingenue.

4. Wild

I loved the honesty of Cheryl Strayed’s story, her life before she decided to walk Pacific Crest Trail, as well as the mistakes she made while walking it. It was relatable, even the most experienced people make mistakes, and I loved that the most about this movie. It inspired me to get out of the house and go for hike.

Synopsis: Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern), the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behaviour, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) decides to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail — one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails.

5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Although Walter Mitty doesn’t travel to all of the destinations he imagines, they are just as inspiring. Reminds you that life isn’t always about the 9 to 5, and there is so much more out there. This movie has inspired me to want to see Iceland.

Synopsis: Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. Walter fancies a fellow employee named Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life’s new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.

6. The Way

Another movie about a gorgeous hike through France and Spain, which gives you a glimpse at some of the beautiful towns in between. This one is quite sad but inspirational movie at the same time.

It reminded me about some of the amazing people I’ve met while travelling, and that life is short so make the most of it.

Synopsis: “The Way” is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honour his son’s desire to finish the journey.

7. The Last Cab to Darwin


I just had to add this one to the list. This movie takes me home, it reminds me of my grandparents. It even has a snapshot of my hometown. With the Aussie humour, and the people, this movie is sure to make you cry as well as jump in the car and go for a drive. You get to see the beautiful and quirky scenery we have here in Australia, from Broken Hill to Darwin.

Synopsis: When Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver, is told he doesn’t have long to live, he sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.

8. Wolverine

I know this one might seem out of place. The first time I watched this movie was just before my first trip to Japan.

Although Wolverine is the star of this film, if you choose to look past the man and all the action, you’ll find yourself lusting over the beautiful Japanese culture and scenery.

Synopsis: Lured to a Japan he hasn’t seen since World War II, century-old mutant Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) finds himself in a shadowy realm of yakuza and samurai. Wolverine is pushed to his physical and emotional brink when he is forced to go on the run with a powerful industrialist’s daughter (Tao Okamoto) and is confronted — for the first time — with the prospect of death. As he struggles to rediscover the hero within himself, he must grapple with powerful foes and the ghosts of his own haunted past.

9.The Bucketlist

If this movie doesn’t inspire you to write a bucketlist, see the world, and experience something majestic, I don’t know what will. Edward and Carter show us some of the amazing scenery in France, India, China, Africa, Nepal, Egypt, Hong Kong and the North Pole. They see the world, experience new cutures, drive a Shelby Mustang, and skydive together.

Synopsis: Billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and car mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) are complete strangers, until fate lands them in the same hospital room. The men find they have two things in common: a need to come to terms with who they are and what they have done with their lives, and a desire to complete a list of things they want to see and do before they die. Against their doctor’s advice, the men leave the hospital and set out on the adventure of a lifetime.

10. Whale Rider

This movie shows you some of the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand, the native animals, life in a small town, and the Māori culture.

I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t enjoyed this movie, it’s a must see if you want to see what New Zealand has to offer.

Synopsis: Only males are allowed to ascend to chiefdom in a Maori tribe in New Zealand. This ancient custom is upset when the child selected to be the next chief dies at birth. However, his twin sister, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), survives. At age 12, she enlists the help of her grandmother (Vicky Haughton) and the training of her uncle (Grant Roa) to claim her birthright. But to break with convention, she’ll have to do the impossible: win over her ultra-traditional grandfather (Rawiri Paratene).

11. Braveheart

This movie is a classic that I hadn’t seen since I was a child. Braveheart was shot in both Scotland, and Ireland, and shows some of the gorgeous scenery and castles. I visited Trim Castle during my trip to Ireland, which was one of the places the movie was shot. Definitely worth the visit to experience, and feel the history around a castle that is more than 800 years old.

Synopsis: Tells the story of the legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero named William Wallace (Mel Gibson). Wallace rallies the Scottish against the English monarch and Edward I (Peter Hanly) after he suffers a personal tragedy by English soldiers. Wallace gathers a group of amateur warriors that is stronger than any English army.

12. Under an Artic Sky

Another documentary, but well worth the watch, just to see the cinematography of the northern lights and views around Iceland.

Although I am not a surfer I enjoyed this one. It has fuelled my hunger to experience the northern lights.

Synopsis: Surfers travel to a remote corner of Iceland in the middle of the winter to find perfect waves. A few days in, the worst storm in decades comes through, turning their trip into a life-threatening situation.

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