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Movies to Inspire Your Future Adventures (From the Comfort of Your Own Couch)

Sit back, relax and get whisked away to far off lands. These movies will keep you inspired and dreaming until it is safe to travel again.  

A Walk in The Woods – After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends, Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte).

Sunset view from Annapolis Rocks, along the Appalachian Trail on South Mountain, Maryland

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – A 13-year-old boy in Malawi is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine. Based on a true story.

Village in Malawi



 

The Bucket list – Two terminally ill men left with only six months to live, decide to explore life and make a bucket list comprising all the things they have never tried before. A heart-warming film that will inspire you to do all the things that you want to do before you kick the bucket, including travelling. 

Encounters at the End of the World – Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica, where he finds a desolate, beautiful landscape, largely untouched by human hands, and a group of truly unique people who risk their lives to study it. Centered at McMurdo Station, the United States’ largest Antarctic research center, Herzog explores the minds of the scientists willing to abandon civilization and endure volatile conditions to learn more about the continent’s wildlife and awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Antarctica

Into the Wild – Christopher McCandless, a young graduate, decides to renounce all his possessions and hitchhike across America. During his journey, he encounters several situations which change him as a person.He meets all kinds of people along the way, each with their own stories. In Alaska, he heads out into the wilderness to live on his own. 

Alaska

Memoirs of a Geisha – In the years before World War II, a Japanese child is torn from her penniless family to work as a maid in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Sayuri. Beautiful and accomplished, Sayuri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man who is out of her reach.

Japan

Out of Africa – Initially set on being a dairy farmer, the aristocratic Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) travels to Africa to join her husband, Bror (Klaus Maria Brandauer), who instead spends their money on a coffee plantation. After discovering Bror is unfaithful, Karen develops feelings for hunter Denys (Robert Redford), but realizes he prefers a simplistic lifestyle compared to her upper class background. The two continue on until a series of events force Karen to choose between her love and personal growth. 

Africa

Seven Years in Tibet – Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian climber, breaks out of prison and travels to the holy city of Lhasa. He is employed as an instructor to the 14th Dalai Lama and soon becomes his close confidante.

Tibet

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was filmed entirely in New Zealand. Set in Middle-earth, the three films follow the young Hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, to ensure the destruction of the Dark Lord Sauron. But the Fellowship breaks, and Frodo continues the quest together with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum. Meanwhile the Wizard Gandalf and Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, unite and rally the Free Peoples.

New Zealand

The Secret Life of Walter MittyA man living a dull life dreams up romantic and action-filled scenarios in order to escape from monotony. When his own job is threatened, he sets out on a real romantic and action-packed journey. This is a lighthearted look at the adventurous spirit with some awesome travel mixed in.

Iceland

The Way – An American father travels to France to retrieve the body of his estranged son, who died while attempting the pilgrimage to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela. He resolves to take the journey himself, in an effort to understand both himself and his son. 

Santiago de Compostela

Under the Tuscan Sun –  Frances Mayes, a 35-year-old San Francisco writer, gets a divorce that leaves her with terminal writer’s block and depression. Later, she decides to buy a house in Tuscany in order to change her life. This romantic movie will inspire to you to travel to this Italian paradise.

Italy

Wild – Cheryl Strayed, played by Reese Witherspoon a recently divorced woman, decides to start a new life by hiking along the 1,100 mile-long Pacific Crest Trail. She begins to discover herself as she goes along her trek. 

Pacific Crest Trail

Enjoy!