Awesome travel films

2013-06-27 12:52

Winter is coming. Except in Cape Town - it's pretty much here already in full fource.

Anyway, so the really great thing about winter is that it's perfectly okay to spend entire weekends snuggled under blankets with popcorn and hot chocolate (or red wine if you want to spice thing up a bit) watching movies.

However, for those of us who have the curse of the gypsy blood, sitting outside while the weather rages outdoors can be a little frustrating. So we suggest you keep the wanderlust alive by watching these great travel films.

If you have any suggestions of your own, tell us in the comments below or Tweet us the trailer!

Amelie - Paris

Set in the French capital - the city of light and love - Amelie is a quirky and colourful film telling the story of a shy 23-year-old waitress who tries to help those around her find joy in their mundane lives. The film provides a whimsical peek into contemporary Parisian life and is set in the artistic neighbourhood of Montmartre. Apart from leaving one feeling that life would simply not be complete if you don't rush around Paris on a scooter with the love of your life at least once, a travelling garden gnome adds an extra bit of wanderlust inspiration.

You will love it if you've always been a bit of a romantic and like off-beat humour. 

Motorcycle Diaries - South America

Telling the awe-inspiring tale of two young men, a motorcycle named ‘The Mighty One' and their 8000 km journey of discovery and goodwill across South America, this film will leave you yearning for the beauty and spirit of the hot-blooded continent, and breaking for its poverty and pain.

The movie is, of course, based on the memoirs of Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara de la Serna, recounting the free-spirited youth that preceded his life-changing commitment to the Cuban Revolution. Although the story doesn't touch on his later life, it hints at the fact that this very journey was in many ways the catalyst that inspired him to take action.

You will love it if you always want your travels to not only add value to your own life, but also to those you meet along the way.

Into the Wild - Backroad America and Alaska

I've often wished that, like Christopher McCandless aka Alexander Supertramp (played by Emile Hersch) - the larger than life American student turned vagabond on whose life the movie is based - I could just walk out of my life, donate the meager scraps of my savings to a charity, set all documentation connected with me alight and escape the restrictions of society with a mad cap journey into the wilderness. But, well... I'm just not quite crazy enough.

Although this solo adventure movie prods painfully at that primal desire to be self-sufficient and live off the land, it also provides a sharp reminder that ‘the wild' really is wild and sometimes, despite ourselves, we're just too tame.

You'll love it if you're a restless wanderer who desires a simpler life away from society's constraints.

Out of Africa - Kenya safari

Based on Baroness Karin Blixen's memoir of her life running a coffee farm in colonial Kenya, this 1985 film is nothing short of a love letter to Africa. It's awash with amazing scenery of wide open savannas, snow-capped Kilimanjaro and a vast array of wildlife. The highlight of the film is the part where Karin and Denys Fynch-Hatton, the man she loved, go on a real old-fashioned safari, complete with lavish tents, wine out of tin cups and a portable record player.

You will love it if your heart beats for Africa and you've always dreamed of going on a proper safari. 

Vicky Christina Barcelona - Spain

Centered around two American women - Vicky and Christina - who decide to spend a summer in Barcelona and both end up falling madly in love with a gorgeous artist named Juan Antonio, it gives you a tantalizing peak into this bright and beautiful Spanish city. With a cast including Javier Bardiem, Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz, the film is also super sexy, making you long for sunny, sangria-drenched summers in a city you don't know. 

You will love it if that little wild part of your soul is raring to come to light and live a bit.

The Way - pilgrimage

Written by Michael Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez in honour of the Camino de Santiago, a famous Catholic pilgrimage route in Southern France and Spain, it's a heart-warming film Estevez labeled as being "pro-people, pro-life, not anti-anything."

While walking the Camino after his son's death, the main character, Tom, meets an odd bunch of pilgrims from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. This happens despite his intention to do it as a solo mission. 

You will love it if you've ever been surprised by the amazing friends you've made on travels, love weird and wonderful people and would like to explore your spirituality in a way that doesn't involve an ashram in Nepal. 

Outsourced - India

Capturing all the wonder and whimsy of India, Outsourced tells the tale of Todd Anderson, a young American man who has to take up a training position in the subcontinent as part of his job. While he hates it at first, doesn't understand the diverse cultures playing themselves out all around him and has a hard time doing a proper job of training call centre staff, something changes after he attends the colourful festival of Holi. He suddenly finds himself able to be more open to the strangeness and even finds himself falling in love. 

You will love it if India is on your bucket list and will be able to identify with Todd if you've ever had to adapt to life in a completely new country and culture. 

Before Sunrise - Vienna

The film follows Jesse Wallace (Ethan Hawke), a young American, and Céline (Julie Delpy), a young French woman, who meet on a train and disembark in Vienna, where they spend the night walking around the city, getting to know each other.

Okay, so there's no explosive story line or anything like that, but there is something extremely poignant about watching the pair exchange their views about life, love and the world while walking through one of Europe's most picturesque historic cities. Taking place over the course of one night, their limited time together is always on their minds, and leads to their revealing more about themselves than they normally would, since both believe they will never see one another again.

You will love it if you've got a soft spot for classic Europe and also if you're a complete hopeless romantic.

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