Top 25 Travel Movies That Will Inspire You

With fewer social commitments on our calendars right now, many of us are finding that we have more time for watching movies.

With that in mind, I thought this would be the perfect time to share my list of the top 25 travel movies that will inspire you and transport you to vibrant settings filled with culture, history and beautiful scenery!

NOTE: You can click on the movie titles or images below to view the trailers.

Under the Tuscan Sun Travel Movie Tuscany Italy Europe

1. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Romance/Drama set in Tuscany, Italy

“When Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) learns her husband is cheating on her from a writer whom she gave a bad review, her life is turned upside down. In an attempt to bring her out of a deep depression, her best friend, Patti (Sandra Oh), encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy. During the trip, the new divorcée impulsively decides to purchase a rural Tuscan villa and struggles to start her life anew amid colorful local characters, including the handsome Marcello (Raoul Bova).”

Mama Mia Travel Movie Greece Europe

2. Mama Mia! (2008)

Musical/Comedy set in Greece

“In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University -- leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam -- the latter whom she falls in love with, but he's also the man who breaks her heart. In the present day, Donna's pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother's old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi.”

Eat Pray Love Travel Movie Italy Europe Bali

3. Eat Pray Love (2010)

Romance/Drama set in Italy, India, and Bali

“Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali.”

Braveheart Travel Movie Scotland Europe

4. Braveheart (1995)

War/Drama set in Scotland

“William Wallace is the medieval Scottish patriot who is spurred into revolt against the English when the love of his life is slaughtered. Leading his army into battles that become a war, his advance into England threatens King Edward I's throne before he is captured and executed, but not before becoming a symbol for a free Scotland.”

French Kiss Travel Movie Paris France Europe

5. French Kiss (1995)

Romance/Comedy set in France

“When Kate (Meg Ryan) learns that her fiance, Charlie (Timothy Hutton), has become smitten with a young Parisian woman, she boards a plane for France. She is seated next to Luc (Kevin Kline), a small-time crook who uses her to smuggle a stolen necklace, leading Luc to the hotel where she's staying to confront Charlie. As Kate and Luc get to know each other, their sarcastic rapport grows warmer, and Kate must decide where her heart truly lies as Charlie tries to win her back.”

Into the Wild Travel Movie Alaska

6. Into the Wild (2007)

Adventure/Drama set in Alaska

“Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.”

The Bounty Travel Movie  Tahiti Bora Bora French Polynesia

7. The Bounty (1984)

Adventure/Drama set in Tahiti

“Captain Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) struggles to restore discipline among the crew of the HMS Bounty after the ship has an extended furlough in Tahiti. After the captain doles out floggings and other physical punishments, the crew mutinies, led by Bligh's former close friend, Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson). Unable to return to their tropical paradise, the mutineers find themselves stranded, while Bligh and his faithful crew members embark on a dangerous journey to the Dutch East Indies.”

Out of Africa Travel Movie

8. Out of Africa (1985)

Romance/Drama set in Africa

“Initially set on being a dairy farmer, the aristocratic Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) travels to Africa to join her husband, Bror (Klaus Maria Brandauer), who instead spends their money on a coffee plantation. After discovering Bror is unfaithful, Karen develops feelings for hunter Denys (Robert Redford), but realizes he prefers a simplistic lifestyle compared to her upper class background. The two continue on until a series of events force Karen to choose between her love and personal growth.”

A Room With a View Travel Movie Florence Italy Europe

9. A Room with a View (1985)

Romance/Drama set in Italy

"In this British drama based on the novel by E.M. Forster, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter), a young Englishwoman, is touring Italy with her older cousin (Maggie Smith). At a hotel in Florence, Lucy meets the charming and free-spirited George Emerson (Julian Sands). Although intrigued by George, once she's back in England Lucy ponders settling down with the wealthy, staid Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis). When George reappears in her life, Lucy must decide between him and Cecil."

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Travel Movie

10. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Drama/Comedy set in India

“Some British retirees (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy) decide to outsource their retirement to exotic -- and less expensive -- India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and imagining a life of leisure in lush surroundings, they arrive and find that the Marigold is actually a shell of its former self. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.”

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Travel Movie Iceland

11. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Adventure/Comedy set in Iceland

“Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. Walter fancies a fellow employee named Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life's new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.”

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Travel Movie Spain

12. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Romance/Drama set in Barcelona, Spain