If you are an avid traveler chances are your movie choices are as seriously discussed and planned as your travel destinations. So when choosing the Best Travel Movies, we like to choose  movies that inspire the wanderlust in all of us. Here is our list of 7 must see movies if you need some travel inspiration.

1:The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

Probably the most iconic motorcycle movies of all time, the story of a motorcycle road trip that Che Guevara took in his youth and how it showed him his life’s calling. Based on the memoirs of Che Guevara, long before he became the revolutionary icon. This movie takes you on an awe-inspiring road trip as Guevara (Gael Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna) ride across South America for eight months and over 14,000 kilometers. The stunning visuals of the rainforests and the deserts of South America, this movie will make you want to explore this amazing continent.

Director: Walter Salles
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán
Where: South America


2: Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

Based on the life of Austrian Mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, Seven Years in Tibet is a story of Harrer’s life in the Himalayas during the second World War. The story follows the struggles of Harrer who is held captive by the Allied Forced for possession of a German Passport. After he manages to flee from the jail in Dehradun, Harrer escapes and finds himself in the uncharted territories of Greater Tibet and he enters Lhasa, the forbidden city, where foreigners weren’t allowed.What follows is an epic and life changing moment as Harrer meets the Dalai Lama and gets an outsider’s perspective on this remote nation and on leading a life in an unknown land.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako
Where: Lhasa, Tibet

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3: Eat Pray Love (2010)

A movie about a woman who runs away from her mundane life, her husband, house a successful career in search of inspiration and a change for self-fulfillment. The story follows the life of Elizabeth Gilbert, a modern day woman who takes a trip to 3 different countries to change her superficial life and travels all the way from US to the remote villages of India and Indonesia.While on this self-discovery, Elizabeth finds her passion to Eat in Italy, her Pray in India and Love in Indonesia.

Director: Ryan Murphy
Stars: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis
Where: Italy, India and Indonesia
4:Lost in Translation (2003)

A story about two unlikely souls crossing paths in Tokyo, one a faded movie star and the other a neglected young woman. Lost in translation follows the life of two travelers Bob and Charlotte who happen to visit Tokyo around the same time.Though an unlikely pair, the two meet and share a funny and deep bond brought about by experiencing loneliness and unfamiliarity with the culture, the language, and food in a strange city.

Director: Sofia Coppola
Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris
5: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
The story follows the life of  Walter Mitty who hates his job and dreams of a life filled with adventure.While playing the lifeline between Life Magazine and the mysterious photographer Sean O’ Connell, Walter finds his break when he realizes he has lost the only photo the magazine wants to use for the last issue.Walter goes on a life-changing journey while in search of Sean and turns his daydreams into reality. He embarks on a journey that turns into an extraordinary adventure and changes his life forever.
Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wig, Sean Penn
Where: Iceland, Australia, Canada
6: Wild (2014)
After going through a personal tragedy, Cheryl Strayed played by Reese Witherspoon undertakes a solo journey of 1,100 hike  across the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, Wild explores the journey of  a woman who hikes through the tough terrains of the Pacific Crest to find herself, get a grip on her life, overcome the loss of her mother and get a new perspective on life.
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman
Where: Mojave Desert, California, Oregon, Canada
7: The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
In an attempt to reconnect and bond after the death of their father, three brothers travel across some of the most stunning and remote places in India. The story follows the lives of three wealthy, spoiled brothers who haven’t spoken to each other in a year. They take this overland trip in order to try and get together but what follows is a wacky trip across India as they bicker and pop painkillers to get rid of their of their depression.
But just when it seems nothing can go right, the brothers find clarity and perspective in their chaos and their experiences along the way finally bring them closer.
Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan
Where: Darjeeling, Jodhpur

Well, that was our choice of the best 7 travel movies, you might have a list of your own very different from ours, so leave a comment and let us know what movies inspires the wanderlust in you!

If you are indeed aching for a vacation and want to get off the couch and head to unknown lands, consider our list of great destination homes in the Himalayas !
By : Richa Devi