Saturday 29 October 2016

The only thing that sucks about autumn is the fact that university takes priority and travelling has to take a back seat for a while, so the best thing to do in the meantime is watch other people having fun on holiday and make plans for next year. My personal favourites have always been those that involve some sort of road trip through America with a sick playlist and a bunch of pals #futuregoals. Anyway here's a list of some of my favourite travel movies that will make you want to drop everything and get on a plane! 


PLOT: Dumped by his girlfriend, a high school grad decides to embark on an overseas adventure in Europe with his friends.

I saw this movie years ago, and from I remember it was hilarious and showcases some of Europe's finest destinations (and the worst). Keep an eye out for the scene on the train, not to be missed. It's also the movie that gave birth to the iconic song "Scotty Doesn't Know" 


PLOT: 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.

To be honest with you I wasn't really paying attention the first time I watched this with friends and since we missed the first 20 minutes the rest of the film didn't really make sense. Having watched it a second time the movie has a great message and there are plenty of quotes for you to snatch for your Instagram caption. The guy playing the lead role isn't too hard on the eyes either. 


PLOT: A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.

I loved this movie, it made me laugh and had a deeper message too that we can do anything we set our minds to. The chemistry between Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts was great and I just wish I could have tagged along on their road trip too, sadly Selena Gomez beat me to it. It also had me googling "weird landmarks in my area". 


PLOT: Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

I'm actually watching this tonight, so can't comment my thoughts on it just yet. Just the fact that it stars Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson means it's going to be super adorable and hilarious.


PLOT: The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

If you haven't seen this already, then shame on you! The book is also great, but I love how this movie really brings South America to life and it inspired me to plan my trip across South America in 2018. 


PLOT: A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey. 

This is definitely one of those "find yourself" movies and it does make the idea of travelling alone less daunting and fun, but the book was better.


PLOT: A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

I mean apart from the fatalities and the fact that there was a clear divide between the upper class and the less fortunate, if you're thinking outside of the box it might inspire you to book a cruise in the hopes of meeting the love of your life in the space of a week.


PLOT: A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.

Throughout the first 30 minutes of this movie, I did not envy her. I don't even like sleeping in tents let alone sleeping in a middle of nowhere and having to eat like a caveman. This movie does however helps inspire you to leave your comfort zone and head out on a solo adventure, and to always bring good hiking boots. 


PLOT: After an all night adventure, Quentin's life-long crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime.

If you something a little bit more YA, then this film adaptation from John Green's book might be for you. From what I remember, they road tripped from Orlando to New York and since I spent quite a bit of time in Florida, I actually went on a date with someone who took me to all the spots mentioned in the book/movie in Orlando (without breaking into the SunTrust building), cute huh. 


PLOT: A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.

I thought this movie was going to be so boring when my mum picked it out at the cinema, I mean who wants to watch people climb a mountain for 120 minutes (likewise with 127 Hours) but it turned out to be really good and had me filled with suspense throughout, I even shed a tear or two seeing as it's based on true events. I won't be climbing mount everest anytime soon but it kind of ignited that spark in me to try and accomplish something challenging in my lifetime, even if that means climbing a mountain! 

Are any of these some of your travel movie favourites? I'd love to hear if you have more to add to the list!

♡ GS ♡

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