Ten travel movies you MUST see!

Whether you need a little travel inspiration or if you just want one of those “Duvet” days!

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The Beach

A young Leonardo Di Caprio plays an adventurous, spirited
and energetic twenty year old who comes across a peculiar map whilst backpacking in Thailand. Rumors have it, there’s a solitary beach paradise hidden somewhere amongst the natural beauty. Curiosity gets the better of him as he sets out to find it.
The cinematography is beautiful throughout this film and I think it was unfairly critiqued. Don’t be put off the IMDB rating, definitely worth a watch!

Mark’s Official Rating: 7.0/10
IMDB: 6.6/10

Departures (Seasons 1-3)

Most likely my favourite travel series to date. Three close friends; Scott, Justin and Andre decide to drop everything back home in exchange to travel the world. Follow their unforgettable adventures through Andre’s extremely talented cinematography.
I promise you this series will have you booking your next adventure.

Mark’s Official rating: 9/10
IMDB: 9.1/10

Watch this on Netflix!

A Map For a Saturday

After leaving his steady well paid job with HBO; filmmaker Brook Silva-Braga documents his solo travels around the world. Brook visits 26 countries on four continents and reveals what it’s truly like to travel around the world solo. We learn through the perspectives of the locals and other like minded travellers. A true insight into the challenges of travelling the world.

Mark’s Official rating: 9/10
IMDB: 8/10

Into the Wild

This film satisfies my urge to want to drop everything completely and disappear into the wilderness. This is exactly what Chris does after graduating from University. Based on a true story, Chris donates his $24,000 worth of savings to charity, he then ditches his car to hitchhike across Alaska to live in the wilderness. On his journey he meets a series of characters which help shape his life.

Marks Official rating: 8/10
IMDB: 8/10

Watch this on Netflix!


Cheryl makes a rash decision to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest trail completely solo. She’s Inexperienced, alone and suffering with a personal tragedy. But can she conquer this unforgiving personal journey through determination alone? What doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger right?

Mark’s official rating: 7.5/10
IMDB: 7.1/10


Accompanied by her trusty dog and four camels, a lone female decides to set off on a life changing journey which takes her 1,700 miles across the deserts of Australia. A national geographic photographer decides to document her travels along the way.

Marks Official Rating: 7.8/10
IMDB: 7.1/10

Watch this on Netflix!


Long Way Round

Even if you aren’t a keen motorcyclist it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this epic adventure series. Follow Trainspotting’s Ewan McGregor and Charley Boreman through challenging and frankly quite terrifying places such as Siberia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Alaska. Along the way you get to witness the breathtaking landscapes along with the true generosity of the local people who help the crew
through difficult and challenging times.

Marks Official Rating: 9/10
IMDB: 8.9/10

Watch it on Netflix here!

Long Way Down

Hungry for more? Charley and Ewan decide to embark on Part II of their epic adventure. This time we follow them from the North of Scotland through Europe to the most southerly part of Africa, Cape Town – South Africa. What challenges will they face this time?

Mark’s official Rating: 8.8/10
IMDB: 8.4/10

Watch it on Netflix here!

180 degrees south

A documentary style picture following a group of adventure seeking surfers and Mountaineers on their journey to explore Patagonia and recreate Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins’ 1968 excursion . This film holds valuable lessons that need to be learned by humanity to ensure there is a sustainable future for the next generation.

Marks offical rating: 8.5/10
IMDB: 7.7/10

Watch this on Netflix!

The Motorcycle Diaries

During his last break before the last semester of Medical School, Ernesto and a Friend travel from Brazil to Peru by Motorcycle. A trip which spans four months and 8,000km. This is where they truly experience the shocking truths about the South American disparities. An experience that essentially mapped Che Guevara’s life out before his eyes. An excellent biopic based on Guevara’s travelogue of the same name.

Marks Official Rating: 8.5/10
IMDB: 7.8/10

Can you recommend any other inspirational travel movies?

Let me know down below!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Giang Phan says:

    Fantastic list you have! And how funny when i just bought “wild” book before heading to a new adventure!


    1. markrambleson says:

      Thank-you! I haven’t read the book just yet. I must read it though. Good luck and safe travels for your next adventure!


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