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Top 10 Movies that will make you want to travel


Watching movies shot on location inspires you to dream about beauty destinations in full colour. You can almost feel the place… see the sights, hear the sounds and in some cases almost imagine the perfume of the destination. It’s these beautiful movies that make you want to travel.

The movie’s soundtrack can also be very captivating, making you feel many emotions and lyrics of which sometimes tell the story of the principal characters and the culture of a place. How often have you gotten up to dance to the beat of a movie’s soundtrack? Or have said ”wow” over and over because of the stunning location featured in a movie? You too can go there, so stop dreaming and make plans to travel, using the movies as a guide, to see distant places. It’s only a click away….book your flight ticket outta here!

Now let’s take a look at some of the movies that will inspire you to explore!

1. Lost in Translation

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Sofia Coppola directed the 2003 American comedy-drama film, Lost in Translation. It starred Bill Murray as Bob Harris, an aging actor who met a recent college graduate, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) by chance in a hotel in Tokyo. It’s a story of their immediate rapport and eventual friendship. Escaping their seemingly constricted world, they explored the streets and landmarks of Tokyo. Pretty soon there having hilarious encounters with Tokyo’s citizens, and also discovered a new belief in the possibilities of life.

The film takes viewers to the stunning cityscape of Tokyo. Coppola said that the idea for Lost in Translation came from her many visits to Tokyo when she was younger. She was particularly attracted to the blazing and colorful neon light of Tokyo and the beauty of Park Hyatt Tokyo where they shot all the interior scenes of the film. She used the hotel’s New York Bar, located on the 52nd floor of Shinkjuku Park Tower, which is a part of Park Hyatt Tokyo. Some of the outdoor scenes took Bob and Charlotte to the club Air in the Daikanyama district, San-mon gate in Nanzen-ji and the Heian Jingu shrine, a top-ranked Shinto shrine in Tokyo and a small reproduction of the Heian Palace that was located in Heian-kyō, which is the previous name of Kyoto. The San-mon gate is the most important gate of the temple dedicated to Zen Buddhism.

2. Before Sunrise

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‘Before Sunrise’ is a film about the 24 hours that Jesse Wallace (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) spent together after their chance meeting on a train. It’s a story of young love. This sweet romantic film was shot in Austria, Switzerland and the United States. In the film, the train they met on was travelling from Budapest. Jesse was in it to get to Vienna so he could catch a flight back to the U.S, where as Céline was returning to Paris. Jesse started talking with Céline and when they reached Vienna, Jesse convinced her to go with him, rationalising the situation by suggesting she might not be happy with her marriage in 10 to 20 years and would regret what she missed when she met this guy on a train. With limited time and no extra cash, they decided to traipse around Vienna instead. After checking out some of the city’s landmarks they shared a kiss at sunset while riding the Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna’s giant Ferris wheel. Wouldn’t you like to experience that yourself with your partner? (wink, wink!) Vienna is full of beautifully historic landmarks and is associated with many famous classical composers including; Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

3. Midnight in Paris

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Just saying… Paris certainly evokes a feeling of romance. Don’t you agree?! ’Midnight in Paris’, starring Owen Wilson (Gil Pender) as a successful Hollywood screenwriter (who still feels unfulfilled) and his fiancée, Inez, played by Rachel McAdams. Gil some how gets transported back to the 1920s where he meets various personalities from the past, including prominent people to writers and artists. Can you just imagine going back in time to when Paris was still the center of art and fashion. Gil is taken to a party for Jean Cocteau where he’s introduced to Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. Stein then introduces him to Pablo Picasso and Adriana, his mistress.What a chain of friends huh! He also, in the film makes friends with surrealist painters Luis Buñuel, Man Ray and Salvador Dali.

4. The Motorcycle Diaries

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Explore the beauty of South America for real! Get inspiration from 2004 movie, ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’, which stars Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna, as two friends who wanted to see South America aboard La Poderosa, an aging Norton 500 motorcycle.

Motocycle diaries 2The movie showcased South American culture and some of the most beautiful sights in the region. Mingling with the indigenous people of Chile and visiting the Chuquicamata copper mine. The scenes in the movie that were shot in Machu Pichu prompted London’s ‘The Daily Telegraph’ to remark that the scenes of Machu Pichu alone will make people watch The Motorcycle Diaries several times over. It’s such a wonderful, enchanting and breathtaking place. Machu Pichu is a 15th century Inca site located in the Cusco Region in Peru.

5. The Darjeeling Limited


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The story of The Darjeeling Limited (2007) revolves around three brothers who were not on good terms and have not seen each other for many years. They were traveling through India aboard the Darjeeling Limited, a luxury train, for the purpose of having a reunion with their mother who was a nun. They eventually have an emotional reunion with their mother and reconciled with each other. The movie was shot on location in Jodhpur, which is located in Rajasthan.

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It is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan. An extraordinary region known for the Thar Desert. One of the most popular destinations in the city is the area around Mehrangarh Fort where the houses are painted in vivid blue. Other scenes were shot in Udaipur, also part of Rajasthan and famous for its beautiful lakes and Rajput-era palaces, many of which have been turned into luxury hotels. One such palace is the Lake Palace, now a huge hotel with 83 rooms and suites. It was constructed over Lake Pichola. A hotel speedboat transports guests from the jetty to the hotel, which has been voted as one of most romantic hotel in the world.

6. Eat Pray Love

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Released in 2010, this film is a story about Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) who is a successful writer. She’s unhappy in her marriage, went through a difficult divorce and spent one whole year traveling. Elizabeth spent four months enjoying life in Italy then went traveled to India to find her spirituality. The last leg of her journey brought her to Bali, Indonesia as she searched for the balance in her life.

We were inspired by Italy, a place where you can have a gastronomic feast anytime. After all Italian food is one of the best among the European cuisine. Italy also has so many attractions, from art, music, architecture and natural sceneries. While India remains mysterious and intriguing, with age-old charm that is one of a kind. It has plenty of palaces, temples dedicated to Buddha and various gods and goddesses, and delightful festivals. On the other hand Bali is a destination where you can enjoy a tropical lifestyle and fully relax. Explore the temples and the palaces, enjoy the colourful markets and take our advice, spend plenty of time at the beach!

7. Amelie


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The 2001 film ‘Amélie’ is the story of a naïve Parisian girl who has a strong sense of  justice. Audrey Tautou plays Amélie, a shy waitress who decided to help change the lives of the people around her. Some of her secret missions led her to escort a blind man to the Metro and she gave him a rich description of the places they pass along the way. She persuaded her dad to fulfill his lifetime dream of going on a world tour by stealing his garden gnome and having her stewardess friend to take pictures of it posed in different locations around the world and making postcards of them.

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She fell in love with a young man, Nino Quincampoix, who collected discarded photos left by strangers in photo booths. He dropped his photo album and Amelie had a great time playing a cat-and- mouse game, as he chased her around Paris. It is a romantic city chockfull of landmarks to keep you occupied. See the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Grand Palais, Palais Garnier, Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Palace of Versailles and The Louvre to name just a few.

8. The Talented Mr. Ripley


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The Talented Mr. Ripley is a suspenseful psychological thriller released in 1999 and starred the equally talented Matt Damon and Jude Law. While Matt excels in impersonating a wealthy heir, Dickie Greenleaf, whom he has murdered, he cannot forgo the life of the rich.

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Playing a cat-and-mouse game with Dickie’s friends and the authorities, the movie takes viewers to parts of Italy, sailing in San Remo, and Venice. You too can enjoy the beauty of Italy!  So get ready and plan your trip to visit Naples, Tuscany, Venice, Milan, Rome, or perhaps the coast of Amalfi. Flights to these Italian cities are available several times a week.

9. The Grand Budapest Hotel


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Released in 2014, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a comedy film starring Ralph Fiennes. It was shot entirely in magical Germany. Fiennes plays the role of Gustave, a hotel concierge. In the film Gustave is framed for a guests murder and teams up with one of his hotel employees who helps to prove his innocence. Although the hotel and the place are fictional, you can always visit the real deal. Germany is wonderful place to visit, where you can have your fill of world heritage sites,history, spa towns and wonderful music from music prodigies such as Mozart, Wagner, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Parts of the old Berlin Wall remain while you cannot forget the annual Oktoberfest.

10. Seven Years in Tibet


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Seven Years in Tibet (1997) starring Brad Pitt, chronicled the life of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountaineer and his friend, Peter Aufschnaiter, played by David Thewlis from 1944 to 1951. They were imprisoned by the British in the POW camp in Dehradun because of their German citizenship when WWII broke out. They were able to escape and trekked back to Tibet. Although ordered to return to India, they were welcomed at Lhasa where they met the 14th Dalai Lama who was still a boy. Harrer becomes the Dalai Lama’s tutor and they stayed in Tibet until the military campaign of the Chinese in 1950.

Visit the naturally beautiful and captivating Lhasa, one of the world’s highest cities, located on the Tibetan Plateau at 3,490 metres above sea level. The city is also the site of many Tibetan Buddhist temples such as the Norbulingka palaces, the Jokhang temple and the Potala Palace.

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