The great things about movies are that they transport you in to scenes without you having to move a muscle. If just imagining yourself being in stunning locales isn’t enough for the adventurer in you, then here are 10 Hollywood films every traveler needs to watch if inspiration is what you need to get up and go!
Eat Pray Love
This Hollywood hit starring Julia Roberts takes us on a journey that starts from New York and continues to Rome and Naples in Italy and further to Delhi and Pataudi in India before finally ending in Bali in Indonesia. The gorgeous backdrops shown in Eat Pray Love are inspiration enough to pack your bags and go!
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Filmed extensively in Rajasthan in India, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel showcases the state’s many gems including Amber Fort and City Palace in Jaipur and Lake Palace in Udaipur. The village of Ravla Khempur in the heart of Mewar is the site of the hotel pictured in the film. No doubt that the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel inspires to explore royal Rajasthan!
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Iceland may not be on your travel bucket list but after watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you’ll definitely bump it up to first place. Featuring stunning sceneries comprising fjords, glaciers, waterfalls and valleys, the natural beauty of the region is pristine and pure. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the perfect guide for a holiday in Iceland.
Lost in Translation
Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, comes alive in the Hollywood movie Lost in Translation. Two of the city’s most prominent areas, Shinjuku and Shibuya are extensively shown in the film with the former being notorious for its entertainment options. Lost in Translation will also motivate you to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, one of the most expensive hotels in the city.
Leonardo DiCaprio takes you on a tour of Thailand in The Beach. Guaranteed to awaken the sun, sand and surf seeker in you, you’ll want to head to paradisiacal Hat Maya, the main beach of Phi Phi Leh Island near Phuket after watching the movie. You’ll also want to visit Haeo Suwat Falls in Khao Yai National Park in the central part of the country.
Out of Africa
Over three decades old, Out of Africa is largely shot in Africa and will make you fall in love with Kenya after seeing Ngong Hills along the Great Rift Valley near Nairobi, the Shaba National Game and the picturesque expansive grasslands. If you harbour exotic safari dreams in to the savannah wilderness, then let Out of Africa show you the way.
Lord of the Rings
Filmed entirely in New Zealand, the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy is a window in to the country’s dramatic scenery. From Wellington to Fiordland, on display are forests, glaciers, rivers and mountains. The release of film sparked a surge in tourism to New Zealand with diehard fans embarking on the Lord of the Rings tour. Join them, why don’t you!
Little Miss Sunshine
A heartfelt Hollywood movie about a little girl travelling cross country to California to enter a beauty contest, Little Miss Sunshine centers around a family road trip to get to the venue in Redondo Beach. You’ll likely want to rent yourself an old Volkswagen van and make your way through the state discovering the Californian coastline along the way.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The filming locations of The Grand Budapest Hotel are magnificent and feature cities and towns across Europe. Actual sites shown in the movie do exist and are popular tourist destinations including the Zwinger Museum in Dresden in Germany, Sphinx Observatory in Switzerland and Castle Waldenburg in the district of Zwickau in Saxony in Germany.
Into The Wild
Based on a true story, Into the Wild offers a great travel itinerary across the United States for outdoor enthusiasts. Spanning Christopher McCandless’ journey from Georgia to Alaska through South Dakota, Arizona, Nevada, Mexico and California, the scenes are awe-inspiring and feature famous hiking trails like the Pacific Crest Trail in California and the Stampede Trail in Alaska.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.