With the current health crisis that the world is facing, and the need to stay home as much as we can, the confinement between four walls can be hard. Of course, the hard work is done by the folks who are on the front line, be it medical staff, policemen, store cashiers, and food delivery drivers. For those of us who are at home, and who want to take a break from a remote job or think about better days hopefully ahead of us, we put together a list of the best travel movies that inspired us, and that will inspire you to travel again when the world starts to live again.

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Best Travel Movies

We all have different tastes in movies, so you might not agree with our list. Feel free to let us know if we missed one travel inspiration movie you feel should be added!

Jordan: Lawrence of Arabia  

Filmed in Morocco as well as Jordan, some of the most iconic scenes of the movie that follows the life of  T. E. Lawrence took place in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan. The scenes of riders on horses and camels across the incredible desert motivated me to explore Wadi Rum. I had the chance to see it up close, and I can say it was thrilling to be there in person! Watch Now

Master And Commander

The Napoleonic-era naval life movie features the unique beauty of the Galapagos Islands. I am a bit of fan of these types of historical film, and like Russell Crowe as an actor, so all combined with the Galapagos as a background scenery simply combine as a great movie. We got a chance to visit the famous islands and even without the fancy clothes and all, seeing the unique wildlife made the trip one-of-kind. Watch Now

Thailand: The Beach

The Beach, featuring young Leonardo DiCaprio, led millions of travelers to explore Maya Beach. On the negative side, that popularity drove Thailand to close the beach on Koh Phi-Phi due to over-tourism. We had been lucky to explore Thailand before the movie and enjoyed the beautiful beaches of Thailand. There is more than Maya Beach there! But The Beach movie shows how stunning the country coastline is. That, and I love The Beach soundtrack, probably one of the best out there, all songs included. Watch Now.

Tibet: Seven Years in Tibet

Brad Pitt shows the life of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer as he traveled Tibet in the years at the end of World War II and the arrival of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s in 1950. Watch Now

France: Before Sunset

The romantic story featuring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is centered in one of the most romantic cities in the world: Paris! Watch Now

France, Greece & Italy: The Big Blue

Set in Greece, Italy, and France, the Grand Bleu movie (as it’s called in French), follows the lives of champion free divers in the 20th century: Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca (played by Jean Reno). Le Grand Bleu soundtrack is also incredible! Buy Now

Kenya: Out of Africa

Filmed in the UK as well as in Kenya, the love story between the characters played by Meryl Streep and Robert Redford takes you through the stunning landscape like the Shaba National Game Reserve. Watch Now

Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun

A Romantic comedy that takes you along the gentle hills of Tuscany, the rolling vineyards ready for wine tasting, and the charming atmosphere of small Italian villages. Watch Now

France: Amélie

That movie, featuring Audrey Tautou, takes you through the streets of Montmartre, Pigalle, and the Canal Saint-Martin. As a native French, that movie can’t be any more French! Watch Now

USA: The Wild

Reese Witherspoon takes on the real-life experience of Cheryl Strayed, who trekked the Pacific Crest Trail, a 1,100 miles hike across the USA from the Canadian to the Mexican borders. For outdoor aficionados! Watch Now

Nepal: Everest

The movie takes you to some of the highest altitudes, following two expeditions that climb the world’s hike summit. We hiked in Nepal, though not the Everest, and consider the Himalayas as one of our most memorable trekking experience! Watch Now

Scotland: Braveheart

“They’ll never take our freedom!” That line still gives me goosebumps, watching the movie in a small theater movie in Edinburg. Local Scots rose from their seats and shouted as well so much emotion! Discover Scotland Highlands, with Mel Gibson as William Wallace, a late-13th-century Scottish warrior. Watch Now

Rwanda: Gorillas in the Mist

Sigourney Weaver’s interpretation of naturalist Dian Fossey revealed much of the lifework on the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and her tragic end in what will become the Volcanoes National Park. No wonder the movie was nominated for five Academy Awards. And one of the reasons we decided to for a glimpse of the gentle giants. Memorable moments… Watch Now

Vietnam: Indochine

The former name of Vietnam, Indochine, takes you through French colonial Indochina during the 1930s to 1950s, following a character played by Catherine Deneuve and today’s Vietname stunning landscape. Watch Now

Planet Earth

The popular BBC Series presented by David Attenborough will take you through the world to discover hidden natural treasures. A must-see! Watch Now

India: Slumdog Millionaire

Winning several awards, the film depicts the life of a teenage boy in Mumbai slums. Watch Now

Afghanistan: The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner is a father-son story in Kabul, Afghanistan, through several historical events in the country, from Afghanistan’s monarchy to the Taliban. While we did not get into Afghanistan, some of the scenery of Pakistan reminded us of what we saw in that movie. Watch Now

France: Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources

Based on the famous books from French writer Marcel Pagnol’s, and featuring actors like Gerard Depardieu, the part series wanders the life of rural Provence after the First World War. Pagnol is a classic French author, and Provence is close to my heart as I grew up in the south of France.

Croatia, Iceland, Spain, Malta, Morocco: Game of Thrones

GoT is probably the ultimate travel movie inspiration, featuring places like Croatia or Iceland glaciers. Some destinations like Dubrovnik have been seeing a sharp increase in visitors since then, but there are plenty of fantastic places to discover! Watch Now

New Zealand: The Lord of the Ring Trilogy

Based on the J.R.R. Tolkien books, Peter Jackson’s movies most definitely brought New Zealand’s incredible landscape to everyone’s attention. No wonder many people dream about exploring ‘Middle Earth’! One of my dreams would be horseback riding through the plains of Rohan!

Ze Wandering Frogs Youtube Channel

Well, we are not in the movie business, per se, but we hope our YouTube videos will give you travel inspiration as well! From the Hadzabe Tribe in Tanzania to kiteboarding in Sri Lanka, or exploring the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan or trekking the Baliem Valley of Papua.

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