How many times have you watched a movie and said “I would love to visit that place…”? Well, here are the movies that, over the years, have inspired me to leave home and travel the world.
1. The Bucket List
Starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Just like everyone else that has seen this great movie, I compiled my own bucket list and started working my way through it (… still have a long way to go…).
2. Mama Mia
Starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.
How can this fun film not want to make you visit the beautiful paradise that is the Greek Islands? We finally got to Greece in 2014.
3. The God Father
Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.
It has to be the Italian Tourism Board’s promotional movie of southern Italy and particularly, Sicily. I was lucky enough to visit Sicily in 2013 and found it to be a wonderful and relaxing part of Italy.
4. Into the Wild
Starring Emile Hirguh as Alexander Supertramp, a young student who gives away everything material in his life and travels through the American wilderness to ‘find’ himself. Unfortunately he ends up eating the wrong type of berries in the Alaskan wilds and dies, but that’s not the point. This movie has done more to inspire me to explore the vast expanses of the USA, than any other movie. Every time I watch Into the Wild, I end up being very restless for weeks as all I want to do is pack everything up and travel… (drives Inger crazy!)
5. Blame it on Rio
Starring Michael Caine and Demi Moore in one of her first movies.
After seeing Demi topless on the beach in Copacabana Beach, I dreamed of visiting the colourful city of Rio de Janeiro, with its spectacular beaches (and scantily clad beach goers…). It’s still on my bucket list.
6. National Lampoon’s European Vacation
Starring the super funny Chevy Chase. This movie was released when I was 11 years old and I always wished my family and I could go on the ‘Pig In A Poke’ game show to win a holiday to Europe (well, who didn’t, really?!?)
7. The Saint
Starring Val Kilmore and Elisabeth Shue. Set in Europe, but mainly in the Russian capital of Moscow.
After seeing this movie, I just knew I had to explore the amazing city that is Moscow.
8. Thelma and Louise
Starring Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon and Brad Pitt.
A dark movie of friendship and loyalty, as two women set out on a journey of self discovery, and when one thing after another goes wrong, they end up wanted by the police and in fact, end up driving their convertible over the cliff and into the Grand Canyon. The western scenery in this movie is simply spectacular, mainly shot in New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and Arizona.
9. The Way
Starring Martin Sheen. This moving movie tells the story of a father walking the famous El Camino de Santiago pilgrim walk through southern France and Spain, in memory of his deceased son. The full walk takes about 8 weeks, and I would love to do part of it in my lifetime. (Yes, it’s on my bucket list, too.)
10. The Hangover Part 2
Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis.
The boys are back and they are heading to Thailand for a wedding (… and a bucks night). The scenery of southern Thailand, particularly around Krabi is to die for – limestone rocky outcrops jut out from the ocean and rich tropical forests meet white sandy beaches to make a truly spectacular paradise.