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Travel movies offer some of the best inspirations for those with wanderlust. These are some of the best travel movies that inspire wanderlust, make you dream bigger and chase real-life travel experiences.

Movie theaters closed, production came to a halt, and releases were indefinitely postponed as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. Despite that, we want to continue to inspire you with new travel content. Things are looking up, and this is the perfect time to start gathering some serious travel inspiration.

Since it’s also the time of year to watch a lot of tv’s and eat all the food, we figured the most realistic approach to researching future holiday destinations is from your couch.

So behold! The best travel movies on Netflix, Stan, Prime, and Disney Plus that will inspire your next trip abroad…

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Our Fav Travel Movies of all time

Feel nostalgic this 2021

This the season for nostalgic films, and streaming services are rolling out their best feel-good flicks. These are our most comfy travel favorites that you can find on Netflix, Stan, and Prime and even in Youtuberight now.

EVEREST (2015)

Everest movie is a detailed and realistic depiction of climbers—of various experiences—facing the worst possible conditions, at heights and climates that seem designed to shut a human body down.

Storyline: On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin) from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.

My Review: I only watched these travel movies recently, thinking it would not be my type of genre. However, I have to say I was deeply moved. I think some people not only seek danger and adventure but also have an overwhelming desire to rise above their human restrictions and be closer to or touch the power some call God and some call nature.

I believe the film captured that and also the desperation of the inability to physically go into survival mode in the face of one’s own death or act for others. The body has shut down and there is longing is for the mind to follow swiftly

Where can I watch this?

  • Youtube – Buy (AU$14.99) Rent (AU$2.99) 
  • Amazon Prime Subscription – monthly (AU$6.99) a month (AU$59)
  • Foxtel Subscription (AU$79.20) per month on a 12-month plan
  • Youtube – Buy (AU$14.99) Rent (AU$2.99) 

THE WAY (2010)

Journeys of self-discovery are clearly jolly good things, but do they have to be real-life treks? The movies would have us believe so. A trek from loss and grief to a life given greater meaning. On life’s journey, everyone loses their way but some of us find the courage to start again. 

Storyline: 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.

My Review: Doing the Camino is a tremendous experience and this film certainly captivates the beautiful scenery, atmosphere, challenge, at times pain and fun of it all. It’s hard to see how it could’ve been done any better as all the actors do a fine job. And it certainly is true, that the variety of characters one meets on the trail is relatively similar to those depicted in the film. Maybe I’ll get on the trail a third time next year as it’s set to be a special holy year after hopefully the coronavirus crisis is resolved. The Way movie makes us believe in hope.

Where can I watch this?

  • Netflix Subscription – Basic (AU$10.99) Standard (AU$15.99) Premium (AU$19.99)
  • Amazon Prime Subscription – monthly (AU$6.99) a month (AU$59)
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the way - A Trek From Loss and Grief to a Life Given Greater Meaning

Our Fav Travel Movies of all time

INTO THE WILD (2007)

Sometimes when life gets a bit tough, many of us find ourselves saying we want to sack everything off and head out on an adventure. You know, stick it to the man, hit the road, and wanderlust the hell out of this world.

Storyline: Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

My Review: Into the Wild is a sensitive and poignant cinematic experience. This movie will easily pull its audience into a philosophical debate for the truth about who was right and wrong isn’t easy to distinguish. The story, the story itself is great. He’s an example of what not to do when traveling.

Where can I watch this?

  • Netflix Subscription – Basic (AU$10.99) Standard (AU$15.99) Premium (AU$19.99)
  • Amazon Prime Subscription – monthly (AU$6.99) a month (AU$59)
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Alexander Supertramp from into the wild movie

FORREST GUMP (1994)

No matter what stage of life someone is at, everyone can take away something meaningful from Gump’s story. We can learn a lot when we see the world through his eyes.

Storyline: Slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save — his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).

My Review: This film is “like a box of chocolates . . . you never know what you’re gonna get” as it serves up an abundance of surprising treats, sometimes sweet and sometimes bitter. Tom Hanks has done an amazing job to portray this character

Where can I watch this?

  • Netflix Subscription – Basic (AU$10.99) Standard (AU$15.99) Premium (AU$19.99)
  • STAN Subscription – Basic (AU$10) Standard (AU$14) Premium (AU$19)
  • Amazon Prime Subscription – monthly (AU$6.99) a month (AU$59)
  • Youtube – Buy (AU$14.99) Rent (AU$2.99) 

Our Fav Travel Movies of all time

A Walk in the Woods (2015)

Growing old. It is something we all do, folks, like it or not. The inevitability of aging has more than been addressed in the film, often to the extent of emphasizing the search for ways to cheat it and/or at least delay it. However, when one truly looks at age, you can recognize all the roads walked, wisdom gained, lesson learned, and in joy and trial, ideally, a life lived to the fullest.

Storyline: After years of living in Britain, celebrated travel writer Bill Bryson returns to New Hampshire. But instead of retiring, the 60-year-old announces he’s going to hike over two thousand miles along the Appalachian Trail.

My Review: While this movie could have been an overly earnest drama or an embarrassing slapstick farce, it settles somewhere comfortably in between. It’s inconsequential, but it should please fans of codger comedies.

Where can I watch this?

  • Amazon Prime Subscription – monthly (AU$6.99) a month (AU$59)
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THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001)

You know where we’re going with this—how could you not? The movie is so long it might as well be a travel show on Netflix. For the past 10 years, The Lord of the Rings has served as one of the world’s best tourism adverts for New Zealand.

Storyline: The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the Ring and steps into legend. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer – to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

My Review: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring is an endearing, fantasy epic that has endured the test of time. The story revolves around a young hobbit (Frodo Baggins) who inherits a magical ring from his uncle (Bilbo Baggins) and is given a task by his wizard friend, Gandalf the Grey, to take the Ring to Rivendell. A beautiful and angelic, elf city. Now without giving too much away, things obviously don’t go to plan and the story has to extend its journey to somewhere far darker. But that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Where can I watch this?

  • Netflix Subscription – Basic (AU$10.99) Standard (AU$15.99) Premium (AU$19.99)
  • STAN Subscription – Basic (AU$10) Standard (AU$14) Premium (AU$19)
  • Amazon Prime Subscription – monthly (AU$6.99) a month (AU$59)
  • Youtube – Buy (AU$14.99) Rent (AU$2.99) 
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fellowship of the ring - riverdale

Did we miss anything? What are your favorite travel movies? Comment below!

Our Fav Travel Movies of all time
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