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Top 5 movies that inspire travel

Top 5 movies that inspire travel


Everybody wants to visit New York City. Even though I grew up in Brooklyn, I didn’t truly appreciate the city until I was an adult returning for family visits. As the setting for so many top films and TV shows, I chose this classic 80’s comedy (the original, not the 2016 remake) as one of my all-time favorites.

This movie shows off gothic Manhattan skyscrapers, the recognizable street scene (I always have to stop for what my Dad called a “dirty water hot dog” at a food cart)  and the regal NYC public library. On a vacation you can even walk by the Ghostbusters HQ firehouse which is located in the Tribeca neighborhood.

2.Roman Holiday

It should come as no surprise that Italy is always ranked as one of the top 10 most visited countries in the world. You probably expected me to select Eat, Pray, Love as a top film choice, but I prefer to go back to a classic film from the 50’s starring screen legends Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Roman Holiday is a romantic travel film with the recognizable sites of Rome as its awe-inspiring backdrop. Even though it is in black & white, the beauty and magic of the ancient city of Rome shines through in every scene.

3.Motorcycle Diaries

South America is a huge continent for traveling so I’m glad one film succeeded in showing its beauty, history, and diversity from bottom to top. This is a road-trip movie at heart and not a political film even though it was adapted from the writings of revolutionary leader Che Guevara.

The journey by motorcycle from Argentina, through the Andes of Chile, to the Peruvian Amazon, and ending in Venezuela is full of scenic splendor. While I have hardly explored South America myself yet, this movie inspires me to quit my job and backpack this continent.

4. ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’: Iceland

I know so many people who have the same fantasy as the lead character in this film: quit the work, travel with gay abandon, and play a hero. That the film’s shot in Iceland only makes it more enticing.

5. ‘Lost in Translation’: Tokyo

There’s no better movie made on ennui than ‘Lost in Translation’. The truth is without proper attitude — and sometimes, planning — traveling can turn boring too. You only have to watch this film to find brightness in your seemingly dull life (or travel plan).

 6. ‘The Darjeeling Limited’: India

Wes Anderson is one of the most visually gifted directors. In ‘The Darjeeling Limited’, he takes us on a journey across India in a fascinating way that generates curiosity and wonder in equal measure. You can’t avoid surrendering to wanderlust once you watch the film.

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