Though there are not many movies that truly capture the experience of travelling in a land very different to ones own, there are a few that do. Here are what I consider to be the five greatest travel movies ever made.
The Motorcycle Diaries
South America. Regardless of your political affiliations, this film simply screams the emotions encountered on the open road.
Capturing quite a bit of both the regions beauty, and its past poverty, this film goes a long way towards explaining why so many people choose to spend months of their lives exploring this vast continent. It also makes you want to purchase a motorcycle.
The Good Year
London and into the French countryside.
Romance and nostalgia ensue as he begins to question what he is doing with his life.
An excellent film in that it offers an interesting illustration of just how different ones daily routine can become once taken out of the environment they have for a long time grown accustomed to.
Lost in Translation
Tokyo and form a tight bond due to the fact that they are both in a strange city for reasons a little beyond their control.
Few films manage to depict just how disorientating this concrete jungle can be for westerners. Few films manage to make you want to go to Tokyo more.
Into The Wild
Based upon a true story, it shows you what can be gained, but also what can be lost, when someone decides to dedicate their life to the travelling ideal.
From there he encounters a beautiful French girl, an even more beautiful beach and more than one killer shark. If you’re considering going to Thailand in the near future, this film should seal the deal. It also illustrates why you should never take travel advice from a stranger named after a cartoon character.
About author: Mike Johnson is a passionate traveller. Some of his favourite destinations includes Spain and New Zealand. At present he writes for http://www.onemilebeach.com.au.
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