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The lust and drive we get to explore the world regularly comes from stories told in person, on blogs and vlogs by fellow travelers and influencers.
That same feeling and energy can be captured from other mediums. Travel stories can also be told in TV shows and films, which don’t get discussed much personally. There’s a few on the list that may surprise you as being a travel film.
Here’s some travel-related films you should watch along with my favourite movie scene from each of them.
Into The Wild (2007)
Said to be one of the most touching and inspiring films out there for travel enthusiasts to watch, Into The Wild is based on the true story of Graduate Christopher McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch) leaving his wealthy life to go on a backpack road trip to Alaska and live there without his family or friends knowing.
Throughout the film, Chris embodied the whole backpacking and hitchhiking experience: going kayaking from Colorado to Mexico, games night with guys in a local bar and living in the rundown “magic” 142 bus in Alaskan wilderness that’s now an attraction for hitchhikers today. He also took up jobs here and there to fund for supplies. I can go on and on!
The core message of the film I got was that life is not about the amount of material things you have, your wealth or how long you live for. It’s about the experiences you have and the people you meet along the way who can define the person you later become. Furthermore, change, “radical” change, has to come from within you and it may come the hard way.
Also, I like how he went by Alexander Supertramp to others. For me as hilarious as the name is it shows us that maybe he doesn’t want to be the well-off, privileged “Chris”. Instead he wants to be thrill-seeking, free-spirited backpacking “Alex”.
Favourite Scene(s): Chris talks about how he’s going to travel to Alaska and escape from the big wide world then write a book about his travels.
Also The scene when he advises Tracy (played by Kristen Stewart) at Slab City to grab the things she wants in life.
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Broken from a failed marriage and losing her mother, Cheryl Strayed sets off on a 1000 mile hike to get past those traumatic experiences in Wild.
The Story goes back and forth between her time being with her partner, family time with mum and her hiking adventure.
Wild and Into The Wild both conveniently highlight the dangers of hitchhiking and its something I really like. Examples being when Cheryl spots a potentially venomous snake sleeping and the constantly changing weather conditions on her hikes.
Both Strayed and McCandless uses travelling as a way of dealing with trauma and personal emptiness they’ve had in their past life and moving past it. It’s medicine for the pain they’d suffered from and a chance to discover something about themselves.
Like Into The Wild, Wild is based on a true story. Big difference being that the traveller doesn’t die alone and find happiness in the end. The character of Cheryl Strayed is wonderfully acted by Reese Witherspoon. She makes Cheryl likeable and grounded as she goes through things a lot of people can relate to.
Favourite Scene: Cheryl getting to the peak of a hill and screaming when she throws away her hiking boots
Coming To America (1988)
Coming To America for me had a place on the list due to the sense of adventure and thrills. The main characters undergo some personal growth throughout the film. Something travellers can identify with when travelling.
Eddie Murphy in this comedy plays African prince Akeem who is disillusioned with his life of royalty decides with the help of his loyal servant and friend Semmi played by Arsenio Hall to go on a journey of self-discovery. This that takes Akeem and Semmi to America. Murphy at his comedic best along with Arsenio Hall putting in an excellent performance.
It’s somewhat refreshing to see characters of colour not portrayed too much with negative stereotypes. Additionally, the tone of the film being light-hearted helps the cause, even through the robbery scene.
Interesting fact: Murphy actually played three characters in the movie. Some who were in the EXACT SAME scene.
Favourite Scene: Attempted gun robbery at McDonalds (Or McDowells) by the cameoing Samuel L Jackson
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The Bucket List (2007)
You can probably make an educated guess about the via the title of the film but I’d give you a little synopsis. Two men who are from worlds-apart backgrounds diagnosed with terminal cancer. However they create a bucketlist of lifetime experiences to have to make the most of their time left.
Very few movies can make me shed the tear but the inevitable ending got me to. I’m sure wanderlusters and casual film goers alike will experience.
The Bucket List is only around 1 hour 30 mins long so the pacing of the movie is really fast from the beginning when Carter, played by Morgan Freeman and Edward by Jack Nicholson learn of their devastating news.
The differing personalities of Freeman’s and Nicholson’s characters is the sauce of the comedy and really help benefit each other’s character development throughout the filmthey both learn something before their timely deaths
Favourite Scene: Tie between Skydiving Scene/Edward throwing up his dinner after claiming it to be the best in LA. Carter makes jibe at it.
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Special Mentions to Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Out of Africa (1985)