Sometimes, the movies we watch show us some of the most amazing and beautiful places in the world; so intriguing that they make us want to see them for ourselves. If a movie is able to move your heart like that, and make you want to just pack up and go, that might just be the sign that you should start traveling to the places you’ve never been before. There’s so much to see in the world!
From the epic journey across New Zealand’s natural wonders and landscapes in “Lord of the Rings” to America’s most impressive road vistas as seen on the award-winning movie “Forrest Gump”, here are some famous movies that are sure to set fire to your wanderlust.
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
In 2001, the movie “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, has made New Zealand stand even more visible in the eyes of the world, through its amazing movie scenes.
These film’s locations include Matamata (also known as Hobbiton now); Tongariro National Park, where volcanoes like Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro, and Mount Ngauruhoe can be found; Wellington’s Kaitoke Regional Park, Nelson; and more other great locations all across New Zealand.
The movie that features hobbits and dark lords has indeed inspired many to explore the country. One of the reasons why many backpackers love traveling to New Zealand is because there’s plenty of space for them to spend time alone with nature. There are more sheep than humans there!
There are only 4.5 million people living in the 103,483 mi² land. By contrast, its fellow commonwealth counterpart, Malaysia, has many more inhabitants, with 31 million people occupying a land of only 127,724 mi².
The Sound of Music
A classic movie that is still loved by many today, “The Sound of Music”, winner of 5 Oscars, is a great example of what music can truly make one feel – everything that the heart can feel!
The film tells a story about Maria (played by Julie Andrews), who works as a governess to a family with many young children — who later falls in love with the children and their widowed father. It may sound like a typical Hollywood love story, but it’s more than that. With all great elements combined (happy singing, dancing, inspirational moral lessons, etc.), the movie is indeed a great success in the world of film.
Its heart-warming storyline isn’t the only thing that contributes to its major success, but also the genuine beauty of the cities of Europe it portrays. And, the film introduces people to the beautiful city of Salzburg! As beautiful as Julie Andrews is, the landscapes in front of which she sang the movie’s theme song were also absolutely gorgeous! Go there now and let your heart sing!
Who would’ve thought that Jurassic Park” was filmed on the Hawaiian island of Kauai? Now that you know such a place actually exists, are you going there for your next travel adventure?
Relax, there’s no need for you to worry about the Gallimimus while you’re there, because there isn’t — and will never be — any of it on the island. Instead, what you’ll find are exotic and beautiful flora and fauna you can’t resist taking photos of. As you explore its lush jungles, you won’t be able to help but think, “Whoa, this looks just like in the movies!”
An animation movie that will inspire you to cross every ocean and sea in order to follow your dreams, “Moana” is a must-watch especially when you’re seriously looking for new adventures, experiences, and explorations.
Although the island where Moana grew up, Motunui, is a rather ‘mystical place’, what we can be sure about is the story’s setting — Oceania in the South Pacific. Do you find the South Pacific a wonderful place to be? If yes, follow the voice of the ocean and see how far you’ll go!
Into the Wild
Based on a true story, “Into the Wild” tells a story of a young student who excels in both academic and sports, and who later decides to leave everything behind so he can travel to Alaska by hitchhiking, with a mission to survive in the wild.
Filmed in areas throughout the States, specifically in Alaska, South Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and California, the movie features travel destinations that will take your breath away such as Lake Tahoe and Denali National Park in Alaska — and also irresistible man-made attractions like Las Vegas, also known as the ‘City of Lights.’
Indeed, the movie is an eye-opener to the world; that the States isn’t just famous for its bustling modern cities and high-rise buildings, but also stunning wildlife and natural wonders. There’s more than meets the eye, and the USA is a massive land, waiting for you to explore.
A movie that portrays the ups and downs in life, “Forrest Gump” is perhaps one of the greatest inspirational movies of all time. The movie which has inspired many, shares some important valuable lessons in life, such as not to limit yourself in whatever circumstances, and that disability shouldn’t define one’s life.
The movie was filmed in parts of Utah, Georgia, and South Carolina, although most of the scenes were focused more in South Carolina. Monument Valley, one of the most impressive road vistas in America, was where Forrest (played by Tom Hanks), completed his cross-country run.
Even though movies aren’t always real, or based on real-life events, they are undeniably wonderful tools to inspire you to unlock the door to a new escapade. Travel now, and create your very own story, too!