27 Movies Set in Beautiful Destinations & that Will Inspire You to Travel

27 Movies Set in Beautiful Destinations & that Will Inspire You to Travel

Don’t we all love traveling? For us voyaging is our biggest passion and dream. That’s why we love experiencing beautiful destinations not only in real, but also on a screen. Thanks to this we get ideas for our next travels or get to relieve some amazing memories. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if you are looking for an inspiration for your future getaway, or don’t know what do watch on a Friday night: this list is made for you. We’ve gathered movies that not only show beautiful locations, but also have interesting plots. From comedies, through action and fantasy… In this 27 movies list you will find something for you that will inspire you to travel.

1 – The Tourist

The Tourist is one of our favourite movies. It’s a perfect balance of action and romance, set in one of the most beautiful cities on Earth- Venice. Together with the main characters played by Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp you’ll discover the stunning venetian canals, streets and majestic hotels. If you’ve already been to Venice, you’ll smile rewatching those incredible places. If not- you’ll look for tickets right away.

Read : The Ultimate Guide to Experience Venice

2 – Eat, pray, love

A beautiful story of a lost, unhappily married women, who leaves her safe home and sets for a journey to ‘find herself’. The movie is based on a best seller novel written by Elizabeth Gilbert and stars Julia Roberts. Together with the main character you will visit beautiful Italy, India and Bali.

3 – Wild

It’s an empowering true story of one woman’s 1100 mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy. This movie is based on an autobiography written by Cheryl Strayed, who can be an inspiration to anyone needing a change in their lives.

4 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

In this inspiring story a day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by setting out on an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Walter takes us along his journey though the astonishing landscapes of Greenland, Iceland and further in the world. It’s one of those (27) movies that just inspire you to travel.

5 – Midnight in Paris

A lovely Woody Allen movie set in beautiful Paris. During a holiday visit in the city of lights, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight. It’s a perfect movie for a first date or a dreamy evening.

6 – The Talented Mr. Ripley

This psychological thriller takes you back to the 50’s in Italy. Tom is a young man who thinks that it’s better to live the life of somebody else, rather than being nobody. Unexpected twists and dramas all set in the beautiful scenery of ‘la dolce vita’ era. Not to be missed.

7 – Under the Tuscan Sun

An American writer going through personal dramas, decides to turn her life around. She purchases a villa in a lovely village in Tuscany and moves to Italy. The place needs lots of restoration and not all locals are welcoming, but Frances doesn’t give up the idea of a life under the sun.

8 – Seven Years in Tibet

‘Seven Years in Tibet’ starrying a young Brad Pitt is one of the most beautiful movies which action is set in Nepal and Tibet. It’s an inspiring and true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet.

9 – Lord of the Rings & the Hobbit trilogy

Lord of the Rings is a film series of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The journey of Frodo and his friends are world famous. However, not everybody knows that most of the scenery in the movies is real and filmed in New Zealand.

Read : Visit the set of one of the scenes of LotR with our Glenorchy & Queenstown Guide

10 – Out of Africa

It’s a romantic-drama film based on a life-based novel written by Karen Blixen and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. Hoping to forge a better life, Denmark native enters into a marriage of convenience and moves to colonial Kenya, where she has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. In the 20th-century Africa, the picture is shown in a beautiful manner.

11 – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Is a 2011 British comedy-drama film. British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. The movie shows real India with its colours and problems.

12 – The Bucket List

The movie shows a heart warming story of two terminally ill men escaping from a cancer ward and heading off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. In the main roles beloved Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

13 – The Beach

If you are dreaming of a paradise, there is no better movie to watch than The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In this adventure-drama, a young man travels to Thailand, where with a help of strange map, he finds a solitary beach paradise. It all seems like a tropical bliss, until things take an unexpected turn. Movie The Beach was filmed at the paradisiac islands of Maya Bay in Thailand.

Note : The beach became so popular with tourists after this movie, that people completely trashed and destroyed the area. Maya Bay remains closed until 2021 to heal.


Travel consciously. Look for ecological alternatives, use less plastic, reef friendly sunscreen. Be an example, don’t follow the masses.

Read : How to travel Eco Friendly

14 – Mamma Mia

For fans of musicals and Greece. Mamma Mia is a lovely, romantic story starring some of our favourites like Meryl Streep or Pierce Brosnan. A young couple prepares for their dream wedding on a beautiful Greek Island. The bride wishes for her father to be there with her. The problem is she doesn’t know which out of 3 men her mother was dating, is her biological father. So she decides to invite all of them.

15 – Slumdog Millionare

A young man takes part of a TV game and is on the way to win a million dollars. We discover how he knows the answers to the questions, in a retrospective of his life in India. We travel with him through rural India and the poorer areas, discovering how the country really looks.

16 – The Hangover II

Next in this 27 movies to inspire you to travel is one of the best comedies. A continuation of the first movie, which was set in Las Vegas. This time a group of friends travel to Thailand for a wedding. The problem happens when the day before the wedding they wake up in Bangkok, not knowing what happened and how they ended up there.

17 – Lost in Translation

The culture of Japan is just different than anywhere else. This movie captures very well the weird feeling one gets when traveling there. Lost in Translation takes you around some of the best spots in Tokyo.

18 – Indiana Jones movies

Without a doubt for anyone liking travels and adventures movies, those are a must. An archeology professor departs in a search of lost artefacts. Nothing brings out the wanderlust more than the exotic sets of an Indiana Jones movie.

19 – Thelma and Louise

It’s a story of two women driving across the American Southwest in search of adventure and friendship while escaping the law. The movie features breathtaking shots of the American West that will make you want to get in your car and see the country.

20 – Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona

In this Woody Allen movie, two girlfriends while on a summer holiday in Spain fall in love with the same painter. Things escalate as his crazy ex enters the scene. This movie not only tells an amazing story but shows off the beauty, excitement, and magic of Barcelona.

21 – Spectre (& other James Bond movies)

The movie’s intro scene follows Daniel Craig through a Mexico City Dia de los Muertos parade. Later on the plot takes the agent crosses a multitude of borders, from Austria to Italy to Morocco, as the MI6 agent fights the global criminal organization Spectre.

22 – Mission Impossible movies

Each movie shows off different part of the world. In the latest, ‘Fallout’ Ian Hunt chases terrorists in Paris. The ‘Rogue Nation’ visits in Austria. In the ‘Ghost Protocol’ we will see him running around Dubai and Turkey. ‘Mission Impossible 3’ was filmed in Beijing, China. In ‘Mission Impossible 2’ Ian travels between Rome, Berlin and China. While the first movie set was located in Prague.

23 – Crazy Rich Asians 

The movie tells the story of Rachel Chu, a Chinese-American professor who travels to Singapore to meet her fiancé’s wealthy family. Between of the posh yacht parties and royal weddings, we get glimpses of the city’s greatest landmarks and of paradisiac islands.

24 – Letters to Juliet

One of the best romance travel films ‘Letters to Juliet’ begins in Verona at Shakespeare’s Juliet Balcony, before travelling around Tuscany in search of long lost love.

25 – Lion

This movie tells as story of a five-year-old Saroo who became separated from his family in India. Eventually, he is adopted by an Australian family, but tries to trace back his hometown and biological parents. A beautiful film showing two nations and cultures.

26 – Murder Mystery

A Netflix movie for an easy night in. The story shows a married couple who is caught up in a murder investigation on a billionaire’s yacht. The scenery is set in the beautiful city ofMonaco and nearby in Italy.

Read : Guide to the Glamorous Principality on the Rock

27 – UP

The only animated movie on this list. However, the story and world created by Pixar are so beautiful, it would be a shame not to put it on our 27 movies to inspire you to travel list.

A 78-year-old balloon salesman is about to fulfill his and his lost wife dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. As he is high in the clouds, he discovers that a little boy named Russell unexpectedly came on a journey with him. It’s a real adventure movie for kids and adults.

We hope our 27 movies will inspire you to travel far, often and with love!

Blog comments (2)

  • John Roche

    Captain Corelli’s Mandoin should be on this list. Set on the beautiful Greek island of Kefalonia, it certainly inspired me to travel there and neighboring island of Zakynthos.

    • Voyage In Style

      Hi John, Awesome! we’ll definitely check out this movie 🙂

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