Thursday, January 24, 2013

10 Movies That Inspired Me To Travel

For the last time – I am NOT doing an "Eat, Pray Love"!

No offense to Elizabeth Gilbert and her personal journey… but if I hear another person say – “Aww, you’re doing an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’” in response to my decision to travel the world, I swear I’m going to lose it and throw my shoe at someone.

I can understand why some people might associate what I’m about to do with that book/movie, but please! Ms Gilbert did not invent round the world solo female travelers!
I do, however, have a list of (way better) movies that gave me an overwhelming sense of wanderlust. These are movies that made me go home afterwards and check flights to their featured destinations, and some of them actually made me book! A fair warning: Some of these (or all of them) are chick flicks… but if we can get past that, you’ll see that these visually stimulating films actually have a lot more to it than the sappy, fuzzy and unrealistic story lines. They got me out the door for one thing…

Here it is, 10 of the many movies that inspired me to travel.

1. Under The Tuscan Sun 

This is actually one of my favorite Diane Lane movies. A woman moves to Italy after a painful divorce, buys and restores a house, has an Italian love affair, gallivants across Italy… what’s not to like? Oh and did I mention Sandra Oh is in it? 

2. Midnight in Paris 

Seriously – the opening sequence of this movie made me want to get out of the movie theater and book my flight out to Paris. I did, eventually… about 2 months after the movie came out. Look at that… 4 minutes of uninterrupted Parisian beauty.

3. My Life in Ruins 

People usually say “Mamma Mia” made them want to visit Greece… but I say "My Life in Ruins" is a better movie for Greek Inspiration. For one thing, Nia Vardalos’ character is a tourguide in Greece, so the movie takes you to all these amazing places with a bonus commentary! It’s not a very good movie, but it showcases amazing Greek locations.

4. Brave 

I love "Brave"! And I LOVE Scotland! I know this is an animated movie but they based their animation on real places in Scotland! An example is the Callanish Standing Stones in the Isle of Lewis, or the Eilean Donan Castle in Loch Duich… I’ve been to Scotland several times, but watching Brave definitely made me want to go back and explore the country, Merida style!

5. Leap Year 

I saw this movie with my travel buddy, Karen, and it was a different experience for both of us. It inspired me to go to Ireland to marvel in its beauty, and it inspired her to go to Ireland to propose marriage to someone! Either way, it made us want to GO there and I think that says a lot. And Matthew Goode is hot!

6. Letters to Juliet 

Apart from the beautiful Italian scenery, and the fact that it made me want to go to Verona to leave a letter for Juliet, this quote is what made me really like it:
'"What" and "If" are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if?'

What if?

7. PS I Love You

OK now this movie, along with "Leap Year" is an Ireland overload - but in a good way. To those of you who have seen the movie, remember that scene where Jerry was describing the first time he saw Holly? How he said he's never seen so many colors on a woman before, but that she somehow looked like she belonged? That's it. That was the moment I knew I HAD to go to Ireland. And I did. And I loved it!
And yes, I did bawl my eyes out in this movie. Several times. *sniff*

8. Chasing Liberty

This movie is a "Roman Holiday" wannabe, but they go to Prague, Berlin, Austria and Italy! And there's skinny dipping in the Danube, and bungee jumping and a Love Parade! It's awesome! And Matthew Goode is hot! (Did I say that already?)

9. The Lord Of The Rings

Middle Earth. Rivendell. The Shire. Mordor. Need I really say more? 

10. The Lizzie McGuire Movie

This is probably the one movie in this list that I’m most ashamed of. First, because it’s Hilary Duff, and second, because I actually enjoyed it. Yes I used to watch Lizzie McGuire on the Disney Channel. And Yes I rooted for Lizzie and Gordo. Shut up.
In my defense, I saw this when I was a lot younger and I was still living in the Philippines then. I was jealous of American kids that had the opportunity to go on exchange programs or exposure trips to Europe. The farthest we got in the Philippines was a province 2 hours away from the city! Anyway… the Lizzie McGuire Movie poster also had a significant tagline: The only risk in an adventure is not taking it at all. It’s cheesy… but cute, right? Right??

Voila, everybody! That’s my top 10. There are still quite a few that I would’ve wanted to include on here but I don’t want to overdo it. Time to hear from YOU! What are your favorite travel movies? Anything in particular you want to recommend I should see to pump me up for the trip? Please leave comments below! I’d love to hear about your list! :)

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