17 Travel Movies That Will Inspire You to Pack a Bag

Movies are fantastic things. Since the first films, they have entertained us: made us laugh, smile, cry, cower in fear and swell with pride. Some movies do more, though. Some lift us up and show us the excitement that we can find out there. Here are 17 movies that will make you want to pack up your things and go out into the world for an adventure or two of your own.

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The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014)

For those of you who never read the Tolkien books, when you first saw Fellowship of the Ring, I’ll bet you were expecting great things. Epic battles, cool characters, a badass villain, lots of fantastical monsters, as well as orcs, elves and trolls. (Oh my!) But what many people weren’t expecting was one of the most beautiful adventure movies of all time.

Directed by Peter Jackson, who’s known for his roaring epics, and filmed in one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, the countryside of New Zealand, the adventures of Frodo, Bilbo and all the peoples of Middle Earth inspired us all to grab some trail mix and hit the road less traveled.

Try and tell me Lord of the Rings didn’t make you want to immediately grab a plane to New Zealand. I dare you. (For those of you who are honest with yourselves, you can take a real tour of Hobbiton.)

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The Bucket List (2007)

With two powerhouse actors like Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson taking the lead roles, it’s no wonder The Bucket List made audiences both laugh and cry. As the unlikely terminally ill duo seek to fulfill Carter’s (Freeman) “bucket list,” or list of things to do before he dies, the film got audiences thinking.

The movie inspired a lot of people to try and go out to see the world, have a big adventure and try to complete their own bucket lists. If you ever needed the motivation to go out on your own epic, this is it. Grab a dear friend, get your checklist handy and hit the road before you kick the bucket.

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Lost in Translation (2003)

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson star in this touching film about the connection two strangers can share in a foreign land. Brought together by their mutual dissatisfaction with life and by both feeling lost in a foreign country, they share a special bond together through their short time in Tokyo.

Lost in Translation shows us that when we travel, we have an opportunity to connect with special people whom we never would have met otherwise. It shows us that the memories we made when we go out to see the world can and will last a lifetime. And that anything can happen when you leave your comfort zone.

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