17 Movies For Travelers

unnamedIf you’re like me, you love movies just as much as you love travel, especially movies that speak to what’s happening in my life. As a traveler, there are several movies I can watch repeatedly and still love because I look at the backdrops or the characters and I feel a connection of some sort to them. Outside of that connection, these films also keep me looking forward to the next trip, and that hope is what sometimes gets me through a crazy day of bullsh**.

In No Particular Order (Film Synopsis From IMDB):

1. One Week: Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.
Where It Takes You: Road Trip Across Canada

2. Into The Wild: After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Where It Takes You: Into the wilderness of America

3. The Darjeeling Express: A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.
Where It Takes You: India

4. Easy Rider: Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.
Where It Takes You: Far West To Who Dat!?

5. A Map For Saturday: On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. A MAP FOR SATURDAY reveals a world of long-term backpacking. (thanks Calvin!)
Where It Takes You: Around The World

6. The Motorcycle Diaries: The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling.
Where It Takes You: South America

7. Thelma & Louise: An Arkansas waitress and a housewife shoot a rapist and take off in a ’66 Thunderbird.
Where It Takes You: Across America

8. Una Noche: In Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. Accused of assault, he appeals to Elio to help him reach the forbidden world 90 miles across the ocean. One night, full of hope, they face the biggest challenge of their lives.
Where It Takes You: Havana, Cuba

9. Copenhagen: When the girl of your dreams is half your age, it’s time to grow up.
Where It Takes You: Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Midnight in Paris: While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.
Where It Takes You: Paris, France

11. Amélie: Amelie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Where It Takes You: Paris, France

12. In July: Can Daniel follow the sun from Hamburg to the Bosporus by Friday to meet his love?
Where It Takes You: Eastern Europe

13. Central Station: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Where It Takes You: Brazil

14. Under The Tuscan Sun: A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.
Where It Takes You: Tuscany, Italy

15. Away We Go: A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover “home” on their own terms for the first time.
Where It Takes You: Across America & Into Canada

16. C.R.A.Z.Y.: The story of Zachary Beaulieu, from his birth on December 25, 1960 to his life as an adult. Tinged with comedy and fantasy, this film offers a portrait of a family as it traces young Zac’s amazing journey through life. The fourth boy in a family of five boys, Zac tries desperately to become “one of the boys.” C.R.A.Z.Y. is a charming, moving and funny story of a little boy who, in order to hold on to his father’s love, eventually, and bitterly, renounces his true nature.
Where It Takes You: Montreal & Jerusalem

17. To Wong Foo. Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar: Elite Manhattan drag queens Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze) and Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes) impress regional judges in competition, securing berths in the Nationals in Los Angeles. When the two meet pathetic drag novice Chi-Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo) — one of the losers that evening — the charmed Vida and Noxeema agree to take the hopeless youngster under their joined wing. Soon the three set off on a madcap road trip across America and struggle to make it to Los Angeles in time.
Where It Takes You: Across America

What are you favorites?

Darnell Lamont Walker, a self-professed traveling foodie, has been found sitting at tables eating baby goat sweetbreads, drinking tequila, and laughing loudly with strangers. The writer, filmmaker, artist, and sometimes photographer puts happiness above all.


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