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7 Movies to Inspire Your Summer Travels

If you’ve decided to take the time off but are still lost on travel plans, or you can’t get away this year and are looking for a vicarious vacation, we’ve selected seven movies to inspire you.

Summer is definitely the time for adventures—the longer days and warmer weather inspire us to get outdoors and discover new terrain or venture abroad to do that trip we’ve always dreamt of. If you’ve decided to take the time off but are still lost on travel plans, or you can’t get away this year and are looking for a vicarious vacation, we’ve selected seven movies to inspire you. Each one of these features breathtaking cinematography from around the world and is sure to induce some wanderlust.

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7 Movies to Inspire Your Summer Travels

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Are you in need of some inspiration when it comes to crafting your summer plans? If so, then check out these seven travel films that will have you itching to go on your next great adventure.

  • "The Motorcycle Diaries" (2004)

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    This biopic about the travels of Ernesto Guevara (who would later become the Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara) is the ultimate film about youth, discovery, and self-exploration. The movie chronicles the journey (initially made by motorcycle) of Guevara across South America, in the company of his friend Alberto Granado.

  • "Eat Pray Love" (2010)

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    "Eat Pray Love" is a great film for any female travellers planning to jet off solo. Following the adventures of Julia Roberts as Elizabeth Gilbert, the movie takes viewers on a journey across Italy, India, and Bali.

  • "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003)

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    In light of a crumbling marriage, Diane Lane's Frances goes on a bus tour around Italy, where she impulsively purchases a dilapidated Tuscan villa. As the movie unfolds, with no shortage of gorgeous imagery, Frances realizes that her decision was probably one of the best she ever made.

  • "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008)

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    This Woody Allen film will have you ready to fly off to Spain in a heartbeat. There's unexpected romance, dramatic plot twists, plenty of exploration and adventure, and enough scenes of the beautiful city of Barcelona to inspire a full travel itinerary.

  • "The Bucket List" (2007)

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    What would you do if you were diagnosed with a terminal illness? That's exactly the situation Morgan Freeman's Carter Chambers and Jack Nicholson's Edward Cole find themselves in at the start of "The Bucket List." They go on a mission to travel the world and enjoy the remainder of their lives—this movie is full of laughs and moments to remember.

  • "500 Days of Summer" (2009)

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    This charming film starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes viewers on an intimate journey around Los Angeles. While the backdrop may not be exotic, the discoveries are still very real—even LA locals may find a new spot or two to visit after watching the film.

  • "A Good Year" (2006)

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    When London-based bond trader Max Skinner inherits his uncle's French vineyard estate, he travels back to Provence with the intention of selling the property. After taking time off from his busy routine, Max discovers the joys of the simpler life and gets more than he bargained for. "A Good Year" is full of breathtaking French scenery that will have you longing for a visit to the wine region sometime soon.