We asked our Facebook community of awesome travelers for their favourite travel-themed movies - not necessarily about travel, but anything that would inspire you to get that passport out of the locker. Here’s what we got - an excellent list to get those travel juices flowing.
Cast Away (IMDB rating: 7.7/10)
A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.
The Lord of the Rings (IMDB rating: 8.8/10)
A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron.
The Hobbit (IMDB rating: 8.0/10)
A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug.
Highway (IMDB rating: 7.7/10)
Right before her wedding, a young woman finds herself abducted and held for ransom. As the initial days pass, she begins to develop a strange bond with her kidnapper.
Star Trek (hell, yes - why not space travel too!) (IMDB rating: 8.4/10)
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the Galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.
Star Wars (IMDB rating: 8.7/10)
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire’s world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Little Miss Sunshine (IMDB rating: 7.9/10)
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
The Motorcycle Diaries (IMDB rating: 7.8/10)
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling.
Sideways (IMDB rating: 7.6/10)
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California’s wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.
The Beach (IMDB rating: 6.6/10)
Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.
Into the Wild (IMDB rating: 8.2/10)
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
The Art of Travel (IMDB rating: 6.5/10)
High school grad, Conner Layne is about to marry his first love, but when wedding plans fail, he goes solo on his honeymoon to Central America, finding adventure with a ragtag group of foreigners who attempt to cross the Darien Gap in record time.
The Rum Diary (IMDB rating: 6.2/10)
American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1960s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there.
Eat Pray Love (IMDB rating: 5.6/10)
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself”.
Babel (IMDB rating: 7.5/10)
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
The Killing Fields (IMDB rating: 7.9/10)
A photographer is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot’s bloody “Year Zero” cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million “undesirable” civilians.
Lost in Translation (IMDB rating: 7.8/10)
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (IMDB rating: 8.1/10)
Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged.
The Darjeeling Limited (IMDB rating: 7.2/10)
A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.
The Hangover Part II (IMDB rating: 6.5/10)
Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Stu’s plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.
The Bucket List (IMDB rating: 7.4/10)
Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.
The Way (IMDB rating: 7.4/10)
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El camino de Santiago,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.
Eight Below (IMDB rating: 7.3/10)
Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival.
Seven Years in Tibet (IMDB rating: 7.0/10)
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.
One Day in Europe (IMDB rating: 6.6/10)
The day of the Champions League final between Galatasaray and Deportivo la Coruña stops life in four European cities, adding to the problems of tourists in trouble, who are already struggling with the language barrier.
Add your favourites in the comments and we’ll add it to this post. Heck, we may even publish a crowdsourced book from this (with your name in the credits ;)). Go!