10 Books, TV Shows & Movies Which Will Inspire You To Travel!
There are so many movies, books and even television shows which inspire my wanderlust. I'll be watching a movie, the characters strolling across Vienna and suddenly I'll get the urge to experience the same. So, here are a few items from the fictional world that inspire me to travel! Trust me, you will not be able to get through the list without getting bitten by the Travel Bug.
Wild, a memoir by Cheryl Strayed details her 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. She undertook the journey in an attempt to escape the demons of her past. PCT is a continuous wilderness undulating from Mexico to Canada over nine mountain ranges – the Laguna to the Cascades. Towards the end, despite the challenges she faced she writes: “I felt fierce and humble and gathered up inside like I was safe in the world now.” Wouldn’t you like the same?
Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara is one movie which celebrated friendship like no other. It follows three friends, who take off to Spain for a three-week stag party. The sights and sounds of Spain turn the movie into a visual treat. If that does not make you want to call up your friends and pack your bags, they also participate in untried adventure sports - skydiving, scuba-diving, running with the bulls - as a part of the exhilarating trip.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is for everyone who spends hours daydreaming about ‘seizing the moment’ but always found themselves short of taking the first step. The key moments in Walter’s journey - a helicopter jump in Greenland, a volcano eruption in Iceland, and a snow leopard in the Himalayas - have been captured stunningly. Consequently, the movie never ceases to remind us that Walter's story is awe-inspiring and it makes you want to get out of your comfort zone.
Every traveller who talks about a bucket list inspired by books will surely mention this book. Into The Wild is the real story of Christopher McCandless who decided to roam in the wilderness of the USA after abandoning his stereotyped life. The entire journey is beautifully captured. But especially relevant are the memories of the people whom Chris meets on his travels. The two years he explored the world will make you want to give up your monotonous life and take up an adventure of your own.
Eat Pray Love is Elizabeth Gilbert’s travelogue of spiritual seeking. Reeling from her personal troubles, she embarked on a one year journey. She chose her destinations to "explore the art of pleasure in Italy, the art of devotion in India and, the art of balancing the two in Indonesia". The book is honest and an incredibly engaging story that lets you live the experience through Gilbert along with her, forcing you to think about how to live your own life.
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The Alchemist follows a young shepherd's journey from the south of Spain named Santiago, who dreams of travelling the world and has the courage to do so. He travels from his home, through Tangiers, and into the great Egyptian desert. He experiences love, makes and loses money, learns a new language and meets different people. As a result, his journey is filled with adventures making you wish for an adventure of your own.
Before series by Richard Linklater is the finest part of the American cinema. Jesse, an American man meets Celine, a French woman on a train traveling through Europe. They sense a spark and thus, begins their beautiful story because of their willingness for new experiences. Wandering aimlessly across Vienna, the pair slowly build a lifelong connection continuing onto the next chapters, in Paris and Greece. The movie makes you wonder - what if?
Master of None is a web series starring Aziz Ansari as a 30-year-old actor and his attempts to navigate life. After his split with his girlfriend, he moves to Italy and learns how to make pasta - because when love goes wrong, there’s always pasta. He learns Italian, makes pasta and falls in love. Furthermore, watching the show will make you want to pack up your bags and move somewhere far away if only to escape the harsh reality.
On The Road is an autobiographical novel based on a series of automobile trips that Kerouac made between 1947 and 1950 in the USA. The book is revered as the defining novel of ‘the Beat Generation’. A novel of experience, it tells tales of madness with strange characters in diverse settings. The adventures are connected seamlessly through the characters’ determination to get the most out of now. This novel will make you want to seize the day and just live, live, live!
In a list about a bucket list inspired by fictional characters, I have to mention The Bucket List. The premise is simple - two terminally ill men decide to check off the items on their wish list before they die. They enjoy dinner in France, hike till Mt. Everest Base Camp, ride motorcycles on the Great Wall of China and even go skydiving. The movie makes you realize that you need to get out there before it is too late.
These are only a few items which inspire me to travel. So, get cracking and jot down your bucket list inspired by movies, and such. Drop a comment to tell me which movie, book or tv show I missed!
You can check out my complete Travel Bucket List: Bucket List.