11 Inspirational Movies That Make You Dream Of Exploring the World

Many find themselves transported to another world while watching a film, but then there are certain movies that do more than just that—movies that have the power to ignite our wanderlust and make us want to pack our bags and explore the world. An online forum of movie lovers listed some of the movies that brought out the travel vibes inside them.

1. Call Me By Your Name (2017)

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This film might just make you surrender to the allure of endless Italian summer. Brightly lit scenes showcase the charismatic Oliver in the stunning backdrop of Lombardy, Northern Italy, a region celebrated for its captivating vistas, hills, and spirited cities, like Milan. The local places, especially Piazza del Duomo set before Crema Cathedral, breathe life into this beguiling love story. One movie lover remembers saying, “We have to go live there!” to their partner.

2. In Bruges (2008)

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It’s an interesting dark-themed comedy directed by Martin McDonagh. They shot the movie in the city of Bruges in Belgium. Remember the scene where Ken takes Ray in a canal boat? You probably want to experience it, too. Bruges canal tours are popular among tourists.

3. Lord Of The Rings (2001 — 2003)

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All three films were set in a fictional world but shot in New Zealand. The country whispers the stories of the movies. One worthy of note is the village of Hobbiton, in Matamata, which has become a permanent attraction. You’d feel how peaceful the Shire region is from how the movie depicts it.

The goldsmith, Jens Hansen, who created all forty rings, lives in Nelson Tasman. You can even find an original ring on display and a few cheap copies that can be bought. This trilogy made the country travel-worthy.

4. Lost in Translation (2003)

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Filmed in Tokyo and directed by Sofia Coppola, the ending of this movie annoyed a few, leaving people wondering what Bob whispered into Charlotte’s ears. It remains a mystery, but the beautiful city of Tokyo awaits exploring. Like Bob, the neon signs on Yasukuni Avenue would probably take you on arrival.

The scene where Charlotte visits the shrine, which is a temple, makes you want to take a flight. You’re probably wondering what being in such a divine presence feels like.

5. The Banshees of Insheerin (2022)

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The famous local watering hole has to be what most people look forward to seeing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist, and they built it for the movie. Unfortunately, they also destroyed it after filming. However, you can still visit the area where it was, which is Cloughmore in Ireland. At Keen Bay, you’d find the beach that was part of the final scene, among others. There also is Colm’s cottage location, which certainly makes you want to pack your bags and head to Ireland.

6. Mission: Impossible (1996-present)

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Unlike most movies, they shot this in different parts of the world. Picking this movie as a travel guide is a ticket to seeing most areas globally. It’d be easier to do one film after the other, although the last two of the six series haven’t been released. You can start with the city of Mumbai, India, where they shot Ghost Protocol. The town has excellent cafes that serve some of the best Iranian foods.

7. White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

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The Venice Beach Court tops the list of places to visit. You can find this in the opening scene of the movie. The Hotel Shangri-La is featured in the scene where Billy and Gloria are seen within the sheets. The streamlined modern architecture certainly made people want to head over to Los Angeles for a visit.

8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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A trip to Jupiter is going to be worth it. Unfortunately, that’s not something you can easily do. There’s the option of sticking with the virtual glasses to simulate the experience. You can enjoy the landscape views when you take a trip to Namibia. It gives an intimate experience of what the movie offers.

9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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The adventure comedy-drama was filmed in Iceland. It is admirable how they made scenes that supposedly occurred in Yemen, Greenland, Afghanistan, and the Himalayas. It goes to show just how great one’s imagination is. You can get a feel of this movie when you visit the country and maybe, like Walter, jump into the North Atlantic Ocean.

10. Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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A moviegoer quotes, “I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams.” The final shot in the movie shows Red and Andy reuniting at the beach in Mexico. The blue waters and the sandy beach make one want to drive down and lose themselves in the sands.

You can reenact that scene with your partner at St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s the location where they shot the movie. You’re welcome.

11. Amélie (2001)

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The movie is set in the city of Paris. It’s not mainly at the tourist centers but in the calm western area. An excellent place to check out is the càfe Amélie worked at, Café des Deuc Moulins. You can walk right in and make an order while gazing at the movie poster. There are other locations worth seeing; use the movie as a guide before going on the trip.

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