Films often inspire us in many ways, from love stories to documentaries. Engaging storylines, characters we can relate to or even great costuming can be a gentle nudge to do or see something new. Movies set in locations far from home can often be an important factor when choosing the places we want to go. They can introduce us, educate us and help add to a bucket list of "must-see" corners of the globe by allowing us to see the destination's beautiful possibilities, depending on the film of course. Here's our list of movies every traveller should see!
The Beach (2000)
Set in Thailand, the film sees main character Richard, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, in search of a secluded beach where he then stumbles across more than he bargained for. Set on Kho Phi Phi Lei
beach, it's a perfect setting for such an idyllic getaway.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Set in the colourful and culturally rich country of India, the movie follows Jamal's journey from the streets of Mumbai to a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Flashbacks to his earlier years provide insight into religion, customs and the life of India's working class; seamlessly infusing the spirit of Bollywood with music and dance.
Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Based on true accounts of the iconic Ernest "Che" Guevara, the film tells the story of his journey across South America with friend Alberto Granado before his final semester of medical school in 1952. Originally meant as a fun excursion, Guevara and his friend are changed forever as they encounter poverty in various countries, bond with one another and solidify their notions of Latin American identity. The film captures the natural beauty of Argentina, Peru, and Chile.
Set in Paris, this romantic comedy sees Amelie set out on missions to bring joy to those around her while working through her own fears. The film's focus on everyday Parisian life, that somehow still seems charming & romantic even in its normality, provides the perfect backdrop for this eccentric cast of characters.
Lost In Translation (2003)
A chance meeting between two unlikely friends in a Tokyo hotel sets that stage for this film, which explores the difference between Japanese and American cultures. With a bustling city as the backdrop, the film also focuses on the sheer magnitude of the city and its population.
With any film, you can always discover something new and find more reasons to see the world, so choose a few and get inspired! Happy Travels!