It’s probably the most underrated memory of a holiday.
It happens before you drop your bags in the hotel room, before you step on to the plane, and before you even book your tickets.
It’s the moment where you know – you just know – that you will travel to a certain destination, try that new adventure and see just a little more of the world.
It’s a wave of inspiration, and it’s likely you’ll hold that flash of enlightenment in your memory as dearly as any from the adventure itself.
While any traveller knows that inspiration can come from the most random of encounters or occurrences, some are as simple as a movie. Here are three of our favourite travel-inducing films that will have you booking your tickets by the time the credits roll.
Long weeks and tough days inevitably lead to us pondering the possibility of giving it all up and travelling the world. This is the story of someone who did just that.
Travelling has a way of blurring the lines so every day feels like the never-ending bliss of a Saturday, with the buffer of a Sunday in place to keep the nasty reality of Monday at bay – hence the title, and the undeniable tug of the unknown that comes with a holiday.
A Map for Saturday is a window to the world of long-term, solo traveller ‘Nomadic Matt‘. It chronicles his stories as he experiences the most bizarre of situations, and in the process shares some travellers’ trivia, such as why the guesthouses of Nepal are tumbleweed-empty and why the stoplights in Brazil are largely ignored.
Elizabeth Gilbert was something of an unknown author when she wrote ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.
An overnight and overseas success, the book exploded on to the big screen with Pretty Woman herself Julia Roberts in the starring role, and the wonders of Italy, India and Indonesia as a trio of delicious backdrops for each story arc.
Throughout the movie, Italy drips and sizzles with culinary feasts, India inspires with a certain cultural nirvana and Indonesia endears with love and happiness.
Any traveller knows you don’t really know a person until you travel with them, and this film is the perfect example of how an extended journey in a confined space under certain pressures can bring people closer.
Three brothers take this idea to the extreme when they decide to cross India by train after the death of their father to spend some quality time bonding.
While the hilarious tale brings together an odd recipe of Indian cough syrup, pepper spray, a printer, 11 suitcases and a laminating machine, the final cake of a film offers the viewer a peculiarly appealing insight into Indian geography and culture.
Did one of these films inspire you to travel? Or was there another movie that inspired you to pack up your bags and head out the door?