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10 Travel Movies Part 2

June 9, 2017

 

1. Eurotrip (2004)

 

This teen adventure comedy follows an American teenager in search of his German pen pal. With his best friend in tow, the two set out on their adventure, which takes them to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Bratislava, Berlin, and Rome.

 

2. In Bruges (2008)

Photo Credit: Focus Pictures

 

Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, this movie follows two Irish hitmen who are sent to Bruges, Belgium by their boss to await further orders after a hit job goes wrong. While one loves the city, the other feels nothing but contempt for it. Their stay in Bruges is nothing short of boring as their adventures take them across the city.

 

3. The Way Back (2010)

 

Inspired by a memoir written by a former Polish WWII prisoner of war, Sławomir Rawicz, who escaped and made a 4000 mile trek across Siberia and south to British India. His journey included 6 other people who escaped the prison, and all must survive the harshness of Mother Nature. While there is some dispute about whether the story is real or not, the movie itself is worth seeing.

 

4. Up In The Air (2009)

Photo Credit: DreamWorks

 

Up in the Air is a comedy-drama film about a corporate employee (played by George Clooney) who travels across the United States to help businesses downsize by firing or laying off workers. Living out of a suitcase, his goal is to reach a million frequent flyer miles but that goal is threatened when he meets the woman of his dreams, who is also a frequent flyer.

 

5. Kon Tiki (2012)

 

A different kind of travel film, Kon Tiki is a Norwegian film about the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition. The expedition saw five people build a balsawood raft using only materials that would have been available to pre-Columbian South Americans. The leader of the expedition, Thor Heyerdahl, sets out to prove that people from South America were capable of crossing the Pacific Ocean, without modern technologies, to inhabit Polynesia.

 

6. The Lord Of The Rings (2001-2003)

Photo Credit: WingNut Films

 

Although set in a fantasy world, all three Lord of the Rings movies (and The Hobbit trilogy) were filmed on location in New Zealand. As the Fellowship of the Ring make their way to Mordor to destroy the one ring, they visit many places that are incredibly beautiful. If fantasy is not your thing, then at least watch it for the scenery because I guarantee, you will not be disappointed.

 

7. 7 Years In Tibet (1997)

 

This movie is loosely based on the true story of Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer, and his experiences in Tibet from 1944 - 1951. During these years, he meets and becomes a tutor to the 14th and current Dalai Lama. They became close friends, which lasted until Harrer's death in 2006.

 

8. Point Break (2015)

Photo Credit: Alcon Entertainment 

 

This is probably my most favourite film on this list. Point Break follows an extreme sport athlete turned FBI agent (played by Luke Bracey) who infiltrates a group of extreme athletes suspected of committing heists. Keeping his cover means completing the Ozaki 8, which involves performing 8 stomach dropping, dangerous, and extreme ordeals. These ordeals take the FBI agent and the other members of the group all over the world.

 

9. Amélie (2001)

 

This film follows Amélie (Audrey Tatou), a waitress, who finds a long lost treasure in her apartment, which belonged to a former occupant. Upon returning this item and seeing the effect it has on him, she decides to make others happy, and does so by traveling to all parts of Paris. Along the way, she finds a little love in a man who collects discarded photo booth photos.

 

10. P.S. I Love You (2007)

Photo Credit: Alcon Entertainment

 

Set partly in Ireland and partly in the US, this film is about Holly Kennedy who grieves after the death of her Irish husband, Gerry. Knowing that she would need help with grieving, Gerry sent a number of letters and packages to Holly to be delivered at future dates, and involve getting her to travel, try new things, and reminisce about how they met.

 

I watched this before I went to Ireland, but I couldn't get to all of the spots that were featured in the movie. Since I'll be going back in a couple months, I'll be sure to get some pictures in :)

 

 

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