Travel tips

Films to inspire your next adventure

By Tasha Kleeman |

With the Ocars just around the corner, we’ve rounded up our favourite travel films of all time.

Did we miss any? Get in touch and let us know your favourites.

Thelma & Louise (1991)


In this feminist classic, two housewives-turned-outlaws embark on a road trip, travelling from Arkansas to the Grand Canyon.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)


A Spielberg film starring Leonardo di Caprio, Catch Me If You Can is based on the true story Frank Abagnale, who fraudulently flew across the world posing as a Pan Am pilot, successfully forging millions of dollars’ worth of payroll checks.

Lost in Translation (2003)

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In this romantic comedy starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, two strangers’ lives become intertwined while travelling through Tokyo.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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In this uplifting comedy, an American family take an 800-mile road trip across the country to take their young daughter to the finals of a California beauty pageant.

Darjeeling Limited (2007)

James Hamilton

Inspired by India’s Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Wes Anderson’s touching comedy depicts three brothers who embark on a spiritual journey across India by train.

Into the Wild (2007)


Sean Penn’s classic adaptation tells the story of Chris McCandless, the college graduate who decided to reject conventional society, donating his entire savings to Oxfam and hitchhiking across the country to Alaska.

The Bucket List (2007)

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In this heart-warming comedy starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, two terminally ill patients escape from their hospital ward and travel across the world, determined to tick off all the items on their bucket list.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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Wes Anderson’s masterful comedy is set in the fading grandeur of a luxury hotel in the fictional republic of Zubrowka, and depicts an unlikely friendship between its eccentric concierge and an orphaned lobby boy.

Wild (2014)

Anne Marie Fox/Fox Searchlight

Reese Witherspoon stars in this poignant adaptation of Charyl Strayed’s memoir, documenting her 1,100 mile journey across the Pacific Crest Trail in the wake of her mother’s death.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople follows unconventional outlaws, 12-year-old Ricky and his foster uncle Hec, as they travel through the New Zealand bush evading the police in what becomes a national manhunt.

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