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Films That Inspire Travel

Aug/20/2023 / by Melanie Fourie

These flicks will transport you to faraway lands

Church and canal view in Amsterdam
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Nothing inspires you to explore a new destination and plan a trip like an unforgettable travel film. Whether classical or contemporary masterpieces, they evoke feelings of exhilaration and carefreeness. Here is SEEMA’s selection of the finest travel films to fulfil your wanderlust.

Roman Holiday 

The beautiful cinematography of Rome and the unforgettable Audrey Hepburn highlight this timeless 1953 romantic classic. Many film enthusiasts rank this travel film as their all-time favorite. Ann, played by Hepburn, is a European princess who is bored with her humdrum existence while on vacation in Rome. She abandons her responsibilities and seeks adventure with journalist Joe Bradley, played by Gregory Peck. They become smitten with each other as they tour the city.

Around the World in 80 Days

This 1956 classic will spark fantasies of far-flung adventures. A group of gentlemen in England, led by Phileas Fogg, make a bet that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days. Traveling by gas balloon, he and his companion Jean Passepartout engage viewers as they visit many countries, including India, France, Italy, the U.S., and Spain.

Midnight in Paris

This Academy Award-winning movie, set in modern-day Paris, is a fan favorite among those who appreciate the city’s mesmerizing sights and culture. Every midnight, tourist screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson), is whisked away to an earlier era in Paris, where he forms friendships with literary greats like Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and artists like Picasso. This culturally infused film provides a wealth of motivation to book a flight to France.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Both this film and its sequel give viewers an overwhelming desire to see the world. In the first film, close friends Carmen, Lena, Bridget, and Tibby travel the globe while wearing the same pair of jeans that somehow manages to flatter every single one of them. Prepare to be mesmerized by breathtaking scenery when Lena visits Santorini, Greece. All of them sojourn to Greece in the sequel, but before that, Bridget ventures to Turkey on an archaeological expedition.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Simran and Raj meet in Europe on an inter-rail vacation. Although not drawn to each other at first, they later fall in love, and Raj travels to the Punjab mustard plantations to meet Simran, who has been promised to another in marriage in this 1995 flick. Europe’s scenery in the movie is spectacular. Even the second half of the film, which takes place in Punjab, has encouraged tourists to get their photo taken amid the renowned mustard fields of the region.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Before one of them gets hitched, three best friends agree to take a three-week bachelor road trip around Spain to reconnect and have some exciting new experiences together. The leisurely road trip, the spectacular deep-sea dive, and the Tomatina celebration will make you want to pack up with your pals and hit the road to find your true self. Thanks to this movie, many Indians have chosen Spain as a travel destination.

Jab Harry Met Sejal

This romantic comedy features some spectacular European scenery and is nothing less than a love letter to the continent. Beginning in the Netherlands’ expansive metropolis of Amsterdam, the film stars Anushka Sharma as Sejal and Shah Rukh Khan as Harry. Their hunt for Sejal’s engagement ring takes them on canal excursions to Vienna, with its magnificent combination of old and contemporary infrastructure. Next on their itinerary is the Hungarian capital Budapest, followed by Lisbon, one of Europe’s older regions. The architecture along the Lisbon riverbank is remarkable, and you will want to travel across Europe after watching this.