10 Movies That Inspire Travel

These films will take you around the world in search of a picture-perfect paradise.

We rarely pay attention to the locations in a film, unless they’re simply breathtaking—Monument Valley in John Ford’s films for example. When a location does catch your eye, it’s hard not to imagine yourself there, enjoying your own retreat or escapade. These 10 movies that inspire travel will give you an irresistible urge to pack our bags and hop on a plane.

  • the movie Skyfall is sure to inspire travel

    In Skyfall (2012), James Bond and M arrive in the Highlands on the A82 in front of the mountains Buachaille Etive Mòr and Buachaille Etive Beag in Glencoe, Scotland. If watching this doesn’t inspire you to travel, we’re not sure what will.

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  • roman holiday is sure to inspire travel movie

    It’s on the Spanish Steps in Rome where American newsman Joe Bradley encourages Princess Ann to try a gelato in Roman Holiday (1953).

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  • inspire travel mamma mia! movie

    The wedding scenes in Mamma Mia! (2008) are sure to inspire travel. The scenes were filmed in the Agios Ioannis Sto Kastri in Skopelos, Greece. Donna sang “The Winner Takes It All” to Sam on the rocky coast leading to the chapel.

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  • inspire travel james bond movie

    In The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Scaramanga’s island hideout is Khao Phing Kan, one of the jungle-covered limestone pillars in Phang Nga Bay by the island of Phuket in Thailand.

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  • inspire travel indiana jones movie

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) is sure to inspire travel. The prologue with young Indy was shot in Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

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  • inspire travel the talented mr. ripley movie

    One of the first scenes in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) is sure to inspire you to travel. The scene when Tom arrives in the fictional port of Mongibello and first encounters Marge and Dickie on the beach, was filmed at a private beach club in Ischia Ponte, Italy.

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  • inspire travel jurassic world movie

    In Jurassic World (2015), Kauai’s Na Pali Coast is a stand-in for Isla Nublar in approaching shots.

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  • inspire travel sleeping beauty movie

    The castle in Sleeping Beauty (1959) was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle near Fussen in southwest Bavaria, Germany.

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  • inspire travel sound of music movie

    The opening aerial shots in The Sound of Music (1965) are of the Salzkammergut—The Lake District of Upper Austria—in the heart of Austria.

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  • inspire travel pirates of the caribbean movie

    The harbor at Port Royal in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was Wallilabou Bay, St. Vincent. The beautiful waters will inspire you to pack your bags and travel.

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  • the movie Skyfall is sure to inspire travel
  • roman holiday is sure to inspire travel movie
  • inspire travel mamma mia! movie
  • inspire travel james bond movie
  • inspire travel indiana jones movie
  • inspire travel the talented mr. ripley movie
  • inspire travel jurassic world movie
  • inspire travel sleeping beauty movie
  • inspire travel sound of music movie
  • inspire travel pirates of the caribbean movie

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Marco Ruiz, AAA Travel Counselor, Monterey, Calif.

I love to suggest Italy and Spain because of the culture and the flair of the people–their fashions, language and way of life. They take time to enjoy life's pleasures. When you're there, you feel it, too.

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