Quite often movies are not filmed anywhere close to where they are featuring. However, with all those great (Hollywood) techniques, they can make us believe anything nowadays, no? It doesn’t matter really; movies will always inspire people to travel more. At least it has inspired us and sometimes we still let ourselves be amazed of natural beauty that can be found in movies. As it’s Sunday that means social travel talk time … here are our 5 favorite movies that totally made us want to travel.
1. Into the Wild
Who hasn’t seen this epic road trip movie by Sean Penn? Young Christopher McCandles (a brilliant role by Emile Hirsch) travels around the US to eventually reach wild land Alaska. What happens to him there, we won’t tell. Although not entirely shot in Alaska, the setting is gorgeous and it immediately makes you want to pack your bags and head out into the wild. But beware: the Alaskans have become annoyed by the (inexperienced) hikers that try to reach the bus where Chris spends his summer. They are tired of having to put up a rescue for people stuck there because the river is too high. Tourists have died trying to cross that river. You get our point, right? If you want to see the bus, just go over to the 49th State Brewing Co in Healy where the one that was featured in the movie is exposed.
The music by Eddie Vedder is as awesome as the movie by the way. The soundtrack album became one of our favorite road trip sounds to listen to while on the way.
2. Lord of the Rings
This movie, or better said, these movies, don’t need introduction. We are not into fantasy (or however you may call this genre) but LOTR is just a must-see. Period. Even we were fascinated by the adventures of Frodo and his fellowship. Will he make it to Mount Doom or will he captured by the Orks? While traveling in New Zealand you will notice that they make good use of the fact that the movies were shot here. You can make LOTR tours everywhere and pay good money for them. No need to do that really, since the dramatic nature is pretty much all around you. The one tour we did make (as we couldn’t access it by ourselves) is to Hobbiton, the places where the Hobbits live. It´s not accessible on your own and still we wanted to see this with our own eyes, which was, in our opinion, totally worth it!
3. 127 Hours
Not for the faint hearted, this is a movie about young adventurer Aron Ralston who heads out to Canyonlands National Park (Utah) for some canyoneering. However things don’t go as planned as his arm gets stuck between a boulder and the wall of a slot canyon. Canyonlands National Park is simply gorgeous and even though we didn’t come close to the filming location (it is located deep inside the park and you need serious mountaineering/canyoneering skills to be able to get here) the pieces of Canyonlands we did get to see were stunning enough to satisfy our curiosity. Oh, and just to find out how it feels to clamp yourself between two walls, we went canyoneering too, but in Zion NP instead. With a guide and … a helmet.
4. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
In all honesty, we are not fans of Ben Stiller but he does an outstanding job in his role as office worker Walter Mitty. The plot of the movie is too bizarre to expose here but no matter what, you will love it. The scenes where he is in Iceland made us want to go back instantly (lucky Martijn, he’ll be back there for 3 weeks during the summer) and did not fail to impress us. This is probably the best promotion Iceland could have for the tourism industry. The only shame is that the parts that are supposed to be Greenland and the Himalaya are also shot in Iceland, but then again, can you ever get enough of Iceland? We sure can’t…
This is the movie that made me (Anto) fall in love with Alaska. And made me want to go there. Los Angeles detective Will Dormer (Al Pacino) is called to Alaska to solve the murder on a young woman. While there, it’s light 24 hours a day which makes him suffer from insomnia. How this messes up his brain and how this affects his job, you can see in the movie. Although most of the movie wasn’t actually shot in Alaska, the whole setting was beautiful. According to resources on the internet, locations used for filming were Hyder and Valdez in Alaska for the glacier shots and various places in British Columbia (Canada). After having been to Alaska a couple of times (locals may disagree) I think it comes close in some ways to what Alaska is really like, the filled with rough landscapes, loneliness and in my case always, insomnia …
We love watching movies, so tell us, which movies inspired you to travel? Which ones did we miss on our top 5? And which of the ones we mentioned did you like? Looking forward to hearing from you!
In our Sunday Social Travel Talk we always share something other than travel tips or hiking guides. Click here to read all the previous entries.
Want to read more about the above mentioned destinations? You may like any of these:
– 5 really cool (and cold) things to do in Alaska
– 24 hours in Mount Cook National Park
– Iceland’s Hidden (hot)spot!
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