5 Travel Movies That Inspire Us!

updated on 01 September 2021

1. Mamma Mia!


This blockbuster brought about a tremendous amount of attention and tourism to the isles of Greece - be it for weddings, proposals or general sightseeing. Tripsavvy provides a more in-depth look into where the movie was filmed in the islands of Greece, particularly Damouchari, Skopelos, and Skiathos. 

<i>Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay</i>
Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay

Pop it in your television and be your own dancing queen!

2. Lost In Translation


Lost in Translation is a great contemporary movie that plays like a tourism ad for Tokyo! It tells of the budding friendship of two Americans in Tokyo and has a great message of what it means to be lonely—even in a city filled with millions of people.

3. Lord of the Rings Trilogy

<i>Photo by Bence Kondor from Pexels</i>
Photo by Bence Kondor from Pexels

If you’re more of a fantasy junkie like myself, you’d probably know all about the next movie we have on the list. Probably no other fantasy movie series was as epic or iconic as the Lord of the Rings movie series, and it also promoted tourism within New Zealand to an enormous degree.

<i>Image by falco from Pexels</i>
Image by falco from Pexels

If you love exploring and traveling like us, you’d know how it feels to want to travel to locations that you’d see in movies and films! In this article, we’re listing our favorite movies that best inspired travel to their respective destinations!

So, sit down, be comfortable and watch these movies to transport yourself to experience the magic of travel!


If you’d want to feel like you’re in Middle Earth, visiting New Zealand’s gorgeous landscapes or even visiting Hobbiton(!) will make your Tolkien fantasy a reality!

4. Amélie


This 2001 film is a French cinematic classic! Shot in over 80 Parisian locations, this fanciful comedy follows a young French waitress called Amelie, as she helps people in their search of happiness. The film is able to capture the exquisite charm and beauty of modern-day Paris - we definitely want to take a trip to this dreamy city soon!

Speaking of, if you’re planning a trip to Paris soon, check out our recent article on the best photo spots that you can find in the city!

5. Roman Holiday


If you’re more of an old soul, Roman Holiday is a great classic travel film to check out. With Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and a quirky romantic story set in the beautiful city of Rome, it's a simple tale that people cannot help but love!

Other Honorable Mentions:

  • Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Into the Wild
  • The Bucket List
  • Before Sunrise/Before Sunset/Before Midnight
  • Midnight in Paris

Any other movies that inspired you to travel to spectacular destinations? Comment below and let us know!

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