Setting the Scene

Travel Movies

One of the brilliant things about travel films is that they are often shot in fabulous locations that you can visit for yourself. Not only can you enjoy the film from the comfort of your sofa but, you can be inspired by it.  Watching great travel films undoubtedly encourages people to travel but which has had the greatest effect on you? That’s the question being posed by The best films shape our lives and with travel films they can be the basis for your next holiday.

The Thai island of Koh Phi Phi saw the action of The Beach take place upon its paradise beaches and picturesque coves. If South East Asia isn’t your thing, try the urban metropolis of Tokyo, the backdrop to Lost in Translation or follow in the footsteps of Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in Australia by travelling to the Western area of the country.  Shirley Valentine was shot on the idyllic island of Mykonos in Greece and if that still isn’t enough, why not follow Julia Roberts’s journey around the world in Eat, Pray, Love which includes settings such as New York City, Rome, Naples, Delhi and Bali. The film’s producers were so keen to portray life in an ashram with accuracy that they employed spiritual consultants to help them whilst filming, so let the authentic scenery in Eat, Pray, Love inspire you.

Dead Horse Point

If you’re looking for somewhere off the beaten track, then follow where 127 Hours leads by planning a trip to Utah. It isn’t the only travel film to be shot there either: Thelma and Louise’s fictional journey from Arkansas to California was filmed almost entirely in Utah and California. The Grand Canyon scenes were actually filmed just south of Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah, so don’t be put off if you haven’t heard of the location before – you might just be in for a nice surprise.

What’s your opinion on the most inspirational travel film?

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