Top 5 inspiring travel films

St Augustine of Hippo said: “The World Is a Book and Those Who Do Not Travel Read Only One Page”. I’m a few chapters into my World book, a lot of the places that I have visited have been because of the films I’ve watched.

Film gives you a glimpse into the life of a traveller, the beauty of worldwide locations and they feature relatable characters that make you think, I want to do that.

Here are the Top 5 films that have inspired my own travel adventures. What films have encouraged your adventures?


Starting the list at number 5 is…Into the Wild (2007)

A film depicting an extreme back to basics of travelling and living. This biographical drama follows the USA travels of Christopher McCandless, who instead of going to college turns his back on the conventional life that has been set out before him. Although this is not a lifestyle that many desire, the film portrays various national parks, reserves and beauty spots in the United States, which have now made it onto my hiking bucket list, for example, Stampede Trail, Alaska and Sierra Nevada Mountains. This film encouraged me to visit the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.


At number 4 is…Up (2009)

After watching 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen float his way to his dream location in the most colourful house ever you’ll have shed a few tears, shared a lot of laughs and learnt two very important things about travelling. Firstly, don’t put off your dreams. Secondly, sometimes life can delay your plans but it’s never too late to embark on an adventure.


Third on the list is…The Beach (2000)

Pure Paradise! This film encouraged a whole generation of university graduates to travel to Thailand, I have more friends that have been than haven’t.  The Beach has everything – tropical bliss, a treasure map, romance and a determined Leonardo DiCaprio. Unfortunately, it is not possible to recreate Leo’s adventure and search for paradise as visiting Phi Phi Leh Island in real life, is no longer as magical as the film due to the overcrowded boat tours full of tourists. But Koh Chang and Bangkok should appear on any Thailand Itinerary.  


Second on the list of top films inspiring travel is…The Way (2010)

Another great hiking film! The Way follows the journey of a bereaved father, played by the legendary Martin Sheen, who sets out to complete the Camino de Santiago trek, also known as ‘The Way of St. James,’ in homage to his son. I love trekking, and have complete ones along The Great Wall of China and Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria. This pilgrimage from France to Spain, is at the top of my to do list. If anyone has done it, I’d love to hear about your experience and any tips.


The number one spot goes to…Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)

The one and only reason why I travelled and lived in New Zealand for 7 months and it was brilliant from the moment I landed in Auckland. The landscape in all three films is as breathtaking in real life as on the screen, in most cases even more so. Throughout New Zealand there are Lord of the Rings tours, which take you to the exact locations within the film. The best two, for me, were in Wellington and Queenstown. Unlike the scenario in Thailand in relation to The Beach, New Zealand remains practically untouched by tourism, which makes you fall even more deeply in love with the place.


If this has inspired you to go the extra mile check out the ‘longer trips’ that Curious Kat Adventure Club has available to you, by clicking here.

Helen Critchley

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