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5 Movies To Get Your Travel Juices Flowing This Holiday Season

Cinema is a beautiful way to travel the world, see unimagined landscapes, discover destinations, feel nostalgic for the places visited on a trip and think about the friends you met on the way, those unforgettable characters and the moments that will remain etched in your memory forever.

There are hundreds of movies in the film history that transport us to a feeling so thrilling as traveling. How can you forget movies like The Beach, Out of Africa, Eurotrip, Lawrence of Arabia, Casablanca, Wild at Heart, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Seven Years in Tibet. In just two hours, you can get to travel thousands and thousands of miles without budging from your chair.

These are the top 5 travel movies, a must for anyone who is fond of the travel lifestyle:

1. Lost in Translation (2003)

This movie was a huge hit and was nominated for four academy awards. In addition to possibly falling in love with the protagonist, and enjoying a pretty little soundtrack, this film would show you Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, in a particularly interesting way: bustling, incomprehensible, difficult but beautiful.

Starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, it’s a film that shows that we can always make friends when traveling. The movie won accolades not only for Sofia Coppola’s script and distinctive direction, but also for Bill Murray’s acting.

2. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

It is a film inspired by the story of the journeys of young Ernesto “Che” Guevara. It shows the motorcycle trips of the iconic revolutionary and how they exposed him to Injustice, challenge, and endearing characters. Shortly after the film’s release, tour operators in the region received a huge number of inquiries and a few of them started offering trips on Che Guevara theme where the traveler’s could trace Che Guevara’s track on an adventure trip with friends.

It features an eight month long journey with friends undertaken by Che that spanned 14000 Km from Argentina through Chile, Peru, and Colombia to Venezuela. There are many locations shown in the movie including The San Pablo Leper Colony in Peru. This movie clearly brings to the fore, how travel can be instrumental in making one explore and know oneself.

3. 180 Degrees South (2010)

If you had always wanted to know Patagonia, but you did not because you did not have the money or because you did not get a traveling companion, this is your opportunity. The documentary film by Chris Malloy follows the adventures of Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia) and Doug Tompkins. Surfing, climbing and skiing from California to Cerro Fitz Roy, they discover the wild beauty that inspired these people to get involved in some of the most important biological reserves of Argentina.

4. In Bruges (2008)

It is a comedy drama film. While not exactly a film about the journey itself, it is one of the films that showcases the essence of Bruges, this charming and magical city of Belgium. If you are traveling to Europe, make sure to see it. This film received a huge positive response from film critics and was given high ratings by film critics. The film offers monumental sight of Bruges, when Ken and Ray, the two protagonists visit the Groeninge museum and see Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Last Judgment.

5. Eat Pray Love (2010)

The movie starring Julia Roberts makes it evident that it is never too late to reinvent, re discover and fulfill dreams. A married woman, after divorce, decides to travel for a year, visiting Italy, India and Indonesia. During the trip several things, including love, loneliness, food, friends and joy happen to her.

She ate and enjoyed in Italy, found spirituality in India and ultimately headed to Bali, Indonesia to seek balance between the two opposite experiences. Oprah Winfrey devoted two of her episodes to the film.

These five movies are a must for any travel enthusiast. Even someone not so fond of traveling would be adequately encouraged to explore faraway lands that these movies show in a spectacular manner.

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