It's no big secret that I'm watching more TV and films than I'm doing anything else, so I thought I share with you some of my favourite movies that inspired me to travel more or further and caused my Fernweh to grow by every minute watching it:
The Bucket List (2007)
Do you really have to ask why I picked The Bucket List? Go watch it, write your own bucket list and try to fulfill as much as you can before you kick the bucket!
The Physician (2013)
The Physician is a movie adaptation from the novel by the same name written by Noah Gordon. I read the book first and I loved it! (I can only recommend everyone to read it!) So I had to see the movie! I wasn't so surprised that the movie took a slightly different turn from the book, but I enjoyed the movie as well, so that it made it into my travel movie list.
It is about the life of a Christian English boy in the 11th century who journeys across Europe in order to study medicine among the Persians. First of, the main character is amazingly hot, which makes it already worth watching, second the movie isn't directly about travelling, but Rob Cole takes a long journey (from England to Persia) encountering all kinds of cultures and learns the best travel lesson of all: There is so much more to learn in this world, go out and seek what you want to know!
Blue Lagoon (1980)
I had to pick this movie, simply because it is that one movie where you have that far-away-dream-island with white sand, crystal clear water and all the tropical experiences in one. (+ that steamy love scene of two young teenagers discovering love ♥)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
Might be the most obvious one, but it actually had a great impact on me. Discovering the world and doing it all in one round - the typical traveller's dream. I loved the movie, because it showed all the diversity the world had to offer and enough energy to only stop when you reached your goal. The movie also taught me that there will be obstacles on your journey and that travel changes your life forever.
Catch me if you can (2002)
This movie is not particularily about travelling per se, more about escape and airline fraud. But what better escape is there than to travel?
Big Fish (2003)
Big Fish is about going out into the world and seeking your luck. It teaches the valuable lesson that you'll meet all kinds of people and you'll be faced with all kinds of obstacles in life. It's best spiced with a tiny pinch of magic because the stories are told as they are felt. For me this is exactly what travelling is about: making your life extraordinary and having great stories to tell when you're older. Also where else could you meet so many interesting people from all around the world than on your travels?
The Child and the Fox (2007)
A little girl befriends a fox and they take little trips through the woods together. After a while she sees the world through the eyes of a fox. I've watched this movie just recently and it is truly beautiful. I mean this movie is worth watching just for the amazing visuals, but it also triggers my inner desire to explore and discover a hidden paradise that only you know of.
Okay, this movie is just adorable! This kids movie is a must-watch - even for adults! It has it all, love, friendship, dreams and hopes, tragedy, action, beautiful visuals! Just the first 8 Minutes tell the most beautiful love story there is.
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
and New York, I love you (2008)
These lovely two films are part of a series to highlight the most beautiful cities of the world. They both contain little episodic short films, show each city in all its facetts and are just fun to watch because a lot of famous actors playing in it.
Three more films of the series are soon to be released. They include Rio, Eu Te Amo, Shanghai, 我爱你 and Jerusalem, I Love You. All 3 films will follow the same style as the other two. No matter the country, the respective city stays the main topic of the movies.
In my opinion they should add some cities to the List:
Tokyo, daisuki desu!
London, I love you!
Granada, te quiero!
Some Honourable Mentions:
Life in a Day (2011)
Life in a Day is a Youtube documentary made out of many tiny films about life all around the world in all its facets highlighting cultural differences and the way we still can connect because of our feelings. What people love, fear and hope. And how beautiful life can be. A film simply dedicated to life itself. Availlable for free on Youtube. (Trailer + Full Movie).
FunForLouis ist the Youtube channel of Internet celebrity and daily vlogger Louis Cole who puts his travel adventures online for the world to see. "Peace out, enjoy life and live the adventure!" are the words he truly lives by and gives all kinds of travel details, tips and tricks in his vlogs inspiring thereby millions of people from all around the globe.
JacksGap is the Youtube channel of the twin brothers Jack and Finn Harries. They made it into my list, because of their video playlist called The Rickshaw Run.They have a lot more travel videos on their channel, but I wanted to hightlight this particular video series, because it does not only show all the beauty India has to offer, but also made me tremble with excitement! I was following the series so eagerly that I was even dreaming about driving a Tuk-tuk myself while waiting for a new video to come out. Furthermore they raised a lot of money for a great cause with their videos. So go over to their channel and give them some love.
This is a very beautiful documentary about our earth. I saw it a lot of times in school, but I never got tired of it. It's educational and entertaining!