30 Travel Movies and TV Shows to Inspire Wanderlust

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30 Travel Movies and TV Shows to Inspire Wanderlust

There are a gazillion travel movie lists out there. This one is special because I've thought long and hard about the actual movies and shows that really make you want to travel to the locations they highlight. I mean, sure, movies like Up in the Air or The Terminal are great, but do they really make you want to book a ticket and hop on a plane? Not so much. Where would you even go to?


So, from a huge movie buff, here's my personal entertainment collection that showcases the beauty of specific locations and also ignites that wanderlust that really makes you want to go visit and experience it in person. Because they have all worked on me.


So, here they are, complete with location recommendations on where to go. Enjoy! 

Away We Go

"No one's in love like us, right?"


what's rad: dreamy idealism, wanderlust, quirky bits, love and a chill soundtrack.


travel to: Montreal, Phoenix, Tucson, Miami, Madison

The Beach

"For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven't tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it."


what's rad: scenery, adventure, backpackers' paradise, living the dream.


travel to: Thailand

Captain Ron

"El Caribe. The Spanish Main. It's the land of voodoo, hoodoo and all kinda weird shit."


what's rad: sailing, adventure, vacation, family fun, jokes.


travel to: the Caribbean

The Da Vinci Code

"What really matters is what you believe."


what's rad: adventure, mystery, suspense, secrets, history, art, and the illuminati.


travel to: Paris, France; London, England

Downton Abbey

"We must always travel in hope."


what's rad: classic British heritage, Highclere Castle, English countryside.


travel to: England

Eat Pray Love

"I wanna go someplace where l can marvel at something. Language, gelato, spaghetti, something."


what's rad: solo female travel, love, wanderlust, food, beautiful scenery, true life love story.


travel to: Italy, India, Indonesia

Expedition Unknown

"Hi. I’m Josh. I have an acute case of wanderlust."


what's rad: adventure, history, awesomeness. Also: Destination Truth.


travel to: the ends of the earth

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

"Buy the ticket. Take the ride." 


what's rad: crazy, wild, drug-fueled road trip, Hunter S. Thompson to the max.


travel to: Las Vegas, Nevada

Game of Thrones

"Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities."


what's rad: fantastical journeys through beautiful scenery. oh and dragons.


travel to: Iceland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Spain, Croatia, Malta, Morocco

A Good Year

"I would like a lifetime spent with an irrational and suspicious goddess, some short-tempered jealousy on the side, and a bottle of wine that tastes like you, and a glass that's never empty."


what's rad: deliciously French, good music, a winery, and a love story.


travel to: Provence, France

Hector and the Search for Happiness

"Happiness is feeling completely alive." 


what's rad: get out of your rut, travel the world, find happiness, find love.


travel to: China, Tibet, South Africa

An Idiot Abroad

"The fact that this one is called the 'Great' Wall of China annoys me. I'll decide if it's great or not. It might end up being the 'All Right Wall of China' to me.” 


what's rad: amazing sights, world wonders, incredible adventures. and Karl and Ricky.


travel to: anywhere

The Layover

“I think food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable." 


what's rad: food, travel, badassery, Tony. Also: No Reservations & Parts Unknown.


travel to: everywhere

Lord of the Rings

"It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to."


what's rad: adventure, risk, fun, fantasy, Frodo.


travel to: New Zealand

Midnight in Paris

"That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me."


what's rad: art, history, great artists, meandering in Paris.


travel to: Paris, France

Northern Exposure

"Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon."


what's rad: adventure, comedy, off the beaten path, and moose.


travel to: Alaska

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

"I am just a tiny person in Africa, but there is a place for me, and for everybody, to sit down on this earth and touch it and call it their own.” 


what's rad: a simpler, happier life in Africa with great tunes.


travel to: Botswana

On The Road

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”  


what's rad: vintage americana road trip with plenty of existential Jack Kerouac.


travel to: New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco


"It's a good country for myths. Things seem to take root here.”  


what's rad: travel, adventure, fantasy, love, and incredible views.


travel to: Scotland 


"The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland."


what's rad: the quirky, weirdness of the city and its inhabitants, SNL-style.


travel to: Portland, Oregon

P.S. I Love You

"Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you'll land among the stars.”  


what's rad: a love story, beautiful Irish scenery and great music. 


travel to: Ireland

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life."


what's rad: wanderlust, going out of your comfort zone, epic soundtrack.


travel to: Iceland, Greenland, Nepal


"I'm gonna show you a good time. We're gonna drink a lot of good wine. We're gonna play some golf. We're gonna eat some great food and enjoy the scenery and we are going to send you off in style."


what's rad: quirky road trip, wine, food, enjoying life.


travel to: California

Sleepless in Seattle

"Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental."


what's rad: classic movie, a love story, lovely Seattle.


travel to: Seattle, Washington


"The two important things that I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavour is taking the first step, making the first decision.” 


what's rad: overcoming odds, solo female travel, hiking, adventure.


travel to: Australia

The Trip

"Gentlemen to bed! For at daybreak I will breakfast."


what's rad: fun, adventure, road trip, unrivaled comedy, and food. Also: The Trip to Italy.


travel to: England, Italy

The Twilight Saga

"La tua cantante. Her blood appeals to you so much... It makes me thirsty."


what's rad: awesome scenery, a love story. and vampires and werewolves.


travel to: Forks, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Vancouver, Canada; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Montepulciano, Italy; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Under the Tuscan Sun

"Life offers you a thousand chances... all you have to do is take one.” 


what's rad: the ultimate sensory experience, adventure, Italy, and love.


travel to: Tuscany, Italy


"It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” 


what's rad: hiking, solo travel, adventure, boldness, spirit, bravery.


travel to: California, Oregon, Washington

Wild Hogs

"Come on, man, it's the open road. Riding free, that's the rush! This isn't freedom, this is a gas station built by the man, a prison for our souls!"


what's rad: fun, funny, epic road trip across the US.


travel to: New Mexico

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