It’s Oscars night tonight, so I’ve decided to put up my 10 Best Travel Movies to inspire us to travel far, far away!

Got any film suggestion that is not on the list? Leave your suggestions in the comment area below!

1. Diarios de Motocicleta

Let the World Change you, and you can Change the World.

For me, this was the movie that as most inspired me to travel more, and travel better. It’s the dramatisation of a motorcycle road trip across South America that Che Guevara went on in 1952 – aged 23. This trip inspired him to his life’s calling. The movie stars Rodrigo de la Serna as Che Guevara’s travel pal Alberto Granado, who is in fact Che Guevara’s real life second cousin.

It won the Oscar for “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song”, for Jorge Drexler’s theme “Al Otro Lado Del Rio”.

2. Into the Wild

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. – get in for a wild ride in this movie! It will make you want to leave all behind and leave into the wild.

Nominated for two Oscars: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role andBest Achievement in Film Editing.

3. Wild

Fancy hiking? Must watch this!

An inspiring movie about life-changing decisions, solo travel, female travel, career shifts… Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

Nominated for two Oscars: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

4. 7 Years in Tibet

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet.

Once upon a time, this was the first time I had heard about Tibet. But at this point I already perfectly knew who Brad Pitt was! I remember being in awe the first time I watched this, and I’ve watched it at least once a year ever since. It depicts adventure, faith, cross cultural bonding and differences, war and peace.

No Oscars nominations, unfortunately.

5. The Darjeeling Limited

An epic train ride across India, in a humorous tale about three brothers trying to bond. It’s funny and colourful!

No Oscars nominations.

6. One Week

What would you do if you would find out you only have one day, one week or one month to live?

One Week reveals the inspiring answer by Ben Tylers’s great motorcycle trip.

7. The Art of Travel

Another epic movie depicting beautiful locations in South America. The main character is about to get married, but when wedding plans fail, he goes solo on his honeymoon to Central America. He finds adventure with a ragtag group of foreigners who attempt to cross the Darien Gap in record time.

No Oscars nominations.

8. Lost in Translation

Konichiwa! こんにちは

Welcome to Japan 🙂 We’ve all probably been somewhere where we feel completely lost in translation – we speak louder, slower, gesticulate, we understand nothing and understant it all!

Lost in Translation brought Sofia Coppola the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

9. Eat, Pray, Love

Gap year, career shift, love yourself before anyone else! Italia, India, Indonesia…

No Oscars nominations.

10. L’Auberge Espagnole

Picking up on being Lost in Translation, L’Auberge Espagnole is all about multicultural ambient where several people speak different languages but all understand each other.

A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship. 

It’s a really funny movie!

No Oscars nominations.

BONUS: Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain

Amelie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Travelling with the best tool of all – imagination. Ever since it’s release, Yann Tiersen’s music has been echoing in our heads. Easily you listen to his tracks and you are immediately transported to the sets of Montmartre from Amélie’s movie. I could not leave it out from the list 🙂

Nominated for five (!) Oscars: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Cinematography; Best Sound; Best Foreign Language Film.

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