From road trips to studying abroad, vacations to holidays with the family, traveling can bring people together and create lasting memories. Some of the best movies out there have captured those feelings of freedom, adventure and the feeling of being alive. Take a look at the following Top Ten Travel Movies and decide for yourself the best way to travel.
1. The Motorcycle Diaries
Filmed in Spanish, this true story of two medical students embarking on a 5 month motorcycle trip across South America, best watched in Spanish but can be found with subtitles. Living from town to town and only using their wits to get by, The Motorcycle Diary teaches these young friends a valuable lesson in life.
2. The Darjeeling Limited
This wacky film is about three wealthy, spoiled brothers that take an overland train trip throughIndia. The trip is supposed to heal and bond them as they haven’t spoken in three years. Things go wrong, but even when it seems like nothing can go right, their crazy experiences finally put things into perspective.
3. Lost in Translation
Jetlagged and helplessly lost with his Japanese-speaking director, Lost in Translation follows a much older man, out of sync with the metropolis, Harris, as he befriends the married but lovelorn 25-year-old Charlotte. Floating adrift in life, this movie shows how easy two unlike people can relate to one another just from a chance encounter, and how funny and interesting traveling in a new country can be.
What better way to experience all the emotions one feels during travel than in the Pixar feature Up? This animated movie is not just for kids and shows the importance of love and promises, and that it’s never too late to take a trip to the places you’ve always wanted to visit. Emphasing that life is short, an old man, a young scout, and a hilarious talking dog teach us to fill our lives with as many interesting experiences as often as we can.
5. Stand by Me
It’s a classic story of four young friends who set out on adventure to find the missing body of a local teenager. With leeches, trains, death and friendship, these young men learn the importance of friendship and crazy things that happen while walking across unknown territory in a race to see who can reach the body first, if it’s there.
6. National Lampoon’s Vacation
A family classic, this film should always be viewed before long road trips, to ensure that nothing is forgotten, the picnic basket is packed, and there’s plenty of fun songs to sing. Join the Griswald family as they set off fromChicago to Wally World in an amusing, everything that can go wrong will, adventure.
7. The Beach
After receiving a not-so-secret map to a secluded island from a crazed man, a young man sets out to find the hidden paradise with a young French couple. What they find is a tropical commune existing in delicate balance with Thai pot farmers. It also takes a look at the clichéd trouble in paradise and the unbelievable things that can happen unexpectedly.
8. Thelma and Louise
Many agree that this film is the perfect balance of action, comedy, and doom. As two best friends set off a 1966 Thunderbird convertible for a weekend away together at a friend’s cabin, their road trip turns them into outlaws, only using crime as a way to survive.
9. Forrest Gump
Sitting at a bus stop, talking to anyone who will give him a listen, the lovable Forrest Gump has an extraordinary tale to tell, from the historical figures he’s met to the friends he made in Vietnam, it’s a comedy laced drama to fall in love with.
10. Up in the Air
Traveling for work has its ups and downs and this is a great film that explores the struggles and perks one experiences constantly being “on the road.” George Clooney perfects the role of Ryan, charismatic and charming, but lacking when it comes to friends and family.