Last weekend, I decided I would not do anything not even washing the dishes. Suddenly I found myself craving to be in an extraordinary adventure. Can you imagine yourself playing the main character? I would not be surprised if you find yourself solving mysteries and enjoying the world of fantasy. Did I just say fantasy? Come on we have more reasons to get away for at least a couple of days to even a week agree?


Let me tell you that a perfect movie is something you will never forget until you get older. A great movie that makes you forget you’re sitting in a couch confined inside your room and will take you to a place you have not been to. An excellent movie that can make you jump off your couch and book a cheap holiday.


I asked some of my friends what film they would recommend to inspire a person to go out more. Well the usual choices are up for grabs. The Lord of the rings, The Beach, Slumdog Millionaire and a lot more interesting films, but I wanted to try to go with a little bit of a different list. Everyone knows that these are great movies so here are some of the excellent travel movies that will inspire you to go out, pack up your bags, see the world and be on your way!


Based on a true story, 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.




If you’re not familiar with this movie , Christopher McCandless was a young man who travelled throughout North America living off the barest of essentials and in most cases, off the land. He was a top student and athlete. Unfortunately, his adventure has its tragic ending as he was found perished in an abandoned Fairbanks City bus on the Stampede Trail in Alaska. His name became famous after Jon Krakaeur wrote an award-winning book about his adventures which eventually became a world-famous movie by Sean Penn.



I have watched Letters to Juliet a little while back. The film is about a romantic and exciting love story. I’m not a big fan of Romeo and Juliet love story and this film is not about the tragic end similar to the actual story by Shakespeare. Needless to say  as long as you constantly search for love then certainly love will always find you.


Ca de Ramos, a travel blogger,  suggests Letters to juliet.


“I’m not really a fan of europe but after watching the film, i wish i had the means to check all the places and activities I’ve seen in this film. The movie is indeed romantic.”




Paula Anntoneth O have always wanted to ride a big ship and Jack’s sense of adventure was really awesome! It came true a decade later which also became the reason why she does what she’s currently doing today!


Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson and Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater, members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage. Although the central roles and love story are fictitious, some characters are based on genuine historical figures. Gloria Stuart portrays the elderly Rose, who narrates the film in a modern-day framing device, and Billy Zane plays Cal Hockley, the overbearing fiancé of the younger Rose.




For Mich Borlagdan, The Art of Travel is her personal favorite.


It doesn’t just treat the viewers a cup full of beautiful places but it would literally wake one up from her craziness in love and life– “the art of travel is deviate from one’s plans”




The Art of Travel – The film stars Christopher Masterson, Johnny Messner, and Brooke Burns.


The decisions you make will change your life.




Ian Dela Peña likes The Motorcycle Diaries.


It shows us that travelling can open our eyes to what is really happening to the world, it can educate us with experience as our teacher and make us wiser enabling us to make our own decisions.


The Motorcycle Diaries is a 2004 biopic about the journey and written memoir of the 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara, who would several years later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist guerrilla commander and revolutionary Che Guevara.  It is a visit to the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru that solidifies something in Guevara. His musings refocused to how an indigenous civilization capable of building such beauty could be destroyed by the creators of the eventual polluted urban decay of nearby Lima. 


Now I want to go to Peru.




When it comes to local movies naman for Ian, so far most StarCinema movies inspire him.  


Well kidding aside lets take a look at Erich Gonzales and Mario Maurer’s “Suddenly its Magic” will make one go to Ilocos and Thailand!




Edcel Suyo recommends Catch Me if You Can – Gusto kasi nya ng hinahabol siya…


Based on a true story, Frank W. Abagnale was employed as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline company-all before reaching his 21st birthday. A successful con artist and master of deception, Frank is also a brilliant forger, whose skill at check fraud has netted him millions of dollars in stolen funds–much to the chagrin of the authorities. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty has made it his prime mission to capture him and bring him to justice, however Frank is always one step ahead of Carl, baiting him to continue the chase.


The thought of being anything you want to be regardless of your background and going wherever you can despite various challenges, is what thrills me. Either this movie inspired me to travel, or that the movie is just that interesting.




Mhe-anne Ojeda loves Mission Impossible 1 in 1996 starring Tom Cruise.


I love Tom Cruise and have watched all his movies, but it was M.I that got me hooked on travelling to all the places Ethan Hunt as IMF/CIA agent had been like US, London,Paris, Prague. Being a working student taking up law and who make ends meet, I made it my own mission impossible at that time to visit those places. In 2000, just in time for the second sequel of Mission Impossible, I traveled to the United States 13 states in August 2000, then followed by series of travels to at least 30 countries around the world and 28 US States!




AUSTRALIA is an epic and romantic action adventure, set in that country on the explosive brink of World War II. In it, an English aristocrat (Kidman) travels to the faraway continent, where she meets a rough-hewn local (Jackman) and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited. Together, they embark upon a transforming journey across hundreds of miles of the world’s most beautiful yet unforgiving terrain, only to still face the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbor.




The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Sri Lankan-Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje. The film, written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella, won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Ondaatje worked closely with the filmmakers.

Set before and during World War II, Hana, a French-Canadian nurse in an abandoned Italian monastery looks after a critically burned man who speaks English but is reluctant to disclose any personal information.

David Caravaggio, a Canadian intelligence operative and former thief, arrives at the monastery with completely wrapped hands and an acute interest in the nurse’s morphine and the English patient’s past.




Schindler’s list | Oskar Schindler is a vain, glorious and greedy German business person who becomes unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. A testament for the good in all of us.




The Killing Fields | Sydney Schanberg, a correspondent for the New York Times, covered the invasion of Cambodia with the help of Dith Pran, a local journalist and translator. When the country fell to the communist Khmer Rouge, the lives of all foreigners were immediately at risk, and Schanberg got out along with most of his fellow Western correspondents. He offered Pran a chance to leave with him, but Pran chose to stay.





History comes alive in the unforgettable epic picture PEARL HARBOR, the spectacular blockbuster brought to the screen by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay.


It was on an early Sunday morning in paradise when warplanes screamed across the peaceful skies of Pearl Harbor and jolted America into World War II. This real-life tale of catastrophic defeat, heroic victory, and personal courage focuses on the war’s devastating impact on two daring young pilots, Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, and a beautiful, dedicated nurse, Kate Beckinsale. PEARL HARBOR is extraordinary moviemaking — a spectacular reenactment and a heartfelt tribute to the men and women who lived it.





Wong Kar Wai’s classic film “In the Mood For Love” is a cinematic masterpiece set in 1960’s Hong Kong. What’s great about this film is that both the setting and the premise worked hand in hand to tell an unforgettable story of love sprung from an impossible relationship. It’s like a moving painting – where stills of narrow walkways, silent expressions from the characters and dark shadows of local color effect all leave a lasting impression from anyone who has seen it. It’s tragic, it’s heartfelt, it’s emotional – one can never sum up the many different facets of love.


As a writer by profession and traveler by passion, Jerik de Guzman “In the Mood For Love” surely fueled his mission to gather stories set in different locations and bring them to life through his blog.



The last scene, where Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) whispered in a hollow at the Angkor Wat before covering it with mud and leaving the place at dusk inspired him to do the same in Siem Rep, Cambodia. Indeed he has lots of stories to tell.



I’d like to be honest sometimes our work routine gets a little boring and the good thing about these movies somehow it gives us the chance to escape. Most likely we’ll be compelled to take on an adventure around the world. Soul searching? Follow what your heart tells you and please be reminded that these movies might just work and inspire you to travel the globe. If you think there are other interesting films you can recommend please leave your comments below. I would love to hear your suggestions.



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