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13 travel movies that will inspire you to quit your job and go somewhere different

Have you been feeling a bit stuck in your routines? With a lot of opportunity comes a lot of indecision. We know that we’re capable of making big changes or going on adventures, but at the same time it’s so easy to stay put and keep doing what you’ve been doing. Even people who are determined to do onlyapagesomething different with their lives often find themselves saying the same thing years later, because they never took action. It’s easier to remain on familiar ground than to forge ahead into the unknown. Life can get ahead of us very easily if we allow it.

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
– John Steinbeck

So how can you get your momentum going? What will it take to get you ready for a bit of a risk or the adventure of a lifetime? In many ways, we respond really well to other peoples’ stories. When we hear of a success story, someone who has ventured out into the world and come back with a new a_long_journeyappreciation for themselves and their life, we get inspired. And inspiration is key to taking action. If you want to go somewhere new, find yourself a new life, make things feel special and exciting, you can. And you’ll be thrilled to find out that you are capable of living your dreams.

So where can one find the motivation to break out of a mundane life? In Movies? Yes, Movies. Why not? Movies are someone’s vision put to the big screen. You’d be surprised how a good movie might inspire you to find the cure for civilization!

I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.
– Leonard Nimoy

Movies can help you to get inspired. Haven’t you ever watched a movie and felt compelled to take action? Here is a list of some of the best adventure movies out there, movies that will remind you how far humans can go and get you excited for the adventures that are waiting for you.

darjeelingThe Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Three brothers travel India by train, get into scrapes, make mistakes, and figure out a lot of things about themselves and each other.

craigslistjoeCraigslist Joe (2012)

The economy and jobs going south, and Joe decides to survive for a month traveling around the country relying solely on Craigslist user goodwill.

lost-in-translationLost in Translation (2003)

If you have already seen this one, it’s worth a second look. Clearly out of place, Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are on side-by-side adventures in Tokyo.

intothewildInto the Wild (2007)

A film about really leaving it all behind, the main character takes off for Alaska after getting rid of everything he owns, to confront what it is to survive. This is based on the real life events and book by Jon Krakauer.

a-map-for-satA Map for Saturday (2007)

This documentary follows the solo travels of a backpacker who meets curious and inspiring individuals along the way. Every story in this film will help you to get going, as people find ingenious and unique ways to make their lives feel worth living.

best-exotic-marigold-hotelThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

With a cast of brilliant and hilarious aging actors, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson, this is a romp about retiring to somewhere exotic. Namely, they move to India. Their ‘restored’ hotel is not what they expected, but their misfortune soon turns to good fortune as they learn to enjoy everything about life.

sidewaysSideways (2004)

This is another darkish comedy about a road trip that two friends take before one of them finally gets married. They seem doomed to fail at each turn, but their mishaps will be a reminder that you’ve still got time to do better.

The-WayThe Way (2010)

A man whose son died while walking the pilgrimage route “El camino de Santiago” decides to attempt to complete the journey on his son’s behalf. There are plenty of laughs as well as a few lessons about not being afraid to just go for it.

outsourcedOutsourced (2006)

A man is sent to India where his department has recently been outsourced. He’s training his own replacement and finds the culture to be challenging. This is another fun story of overcoming challenges when you’re somewhere new and very different.

the-bucket-listThe Bucket List (2007)

What would you do if your life was being shortened by terminal cancer? Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson tale off in order to do the things they’ve always wanted to do before it’s too late.

cast-awayCast Away (2000)

The adventure he never wanted forces Tom Hanks’ character to come to grips with the meaning of necessity. It will never be this hard for you to pick up and move to somewhere new.

forrestgumpForrest Gump (1994)

The epitome of inspiring movies, Forrest is the least likely character to succeed, and yet he does so with grace and humor.

secret-life-walter-mittyThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Dec. 25, 2013)

Walter Mitty, played by Ben Stiller, is always daydreaming about dangerous adventures, but his life is typical and boring. When his job is threatened, he finally takes action and goes on the adventure that goes beyond his wildest dreams.

Are these the only movies that inspire travel? No way! These are just a few that I have selected. They are not in any order and there are a lot of great travel movies that aren’t on the list. There simply is too many to list here. But these are the movies that have inspired me. I hope they inspire you.

The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.
– David Bowie

Going beyond your comfort zone might be a little… well… uncomfortable. But when you see how the characters in these films are changed at a profound level, you’ll realize that only once you venture out of your comfort zone will you be truly the best ‘you’ possible. Explore another culture, travel to a new place, be inspired by your own ability to overcome your uncertainty. We travel to find ourselves. And you’re out there somewhere just beyond the horizon. Now go, explore what’s out there in you!


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