6 Movies That Will Inspire You To Travel

One way to learn about different destinations is through movies. I made this list of movies that inspired me to add destinations like the DRC, Uganda, and Verona to my future travel list. I’m going to share them with you in hopes that they’ll inspire you to travel, too.

Movies To Inspire You To Travel

1. The Bucket List

This is a great movie that will inspire you to live life like it’s your last day on Earth. Laugh out loud and shed some tears as you watch this comedy drama about two terminally ill cancer patients, played by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, who break free from a cancer ward and set out to live life to the fullest before they die.

2. Queen of Katwe

Starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, Queen of Katwe is based on the true story of a little Ugandan girl from the Katwe slum, Phiona Mutesi. Phiona had to drop out of school early, but at age nine when she discovers that she has a talent for chess, she and her family are given the opportunity to get out of the slum.

3. Letters To Juliet

Sophie Hall (Amanda Seyfried) dreams of becoming a writer. When she travels to Verona, Italy with her fiancé (Gael Garcia Bernal), she meets and teams up with a group of volunteers, who respond to letters about love written to Shakespeare’s Juliet. Sophie responds to a 50-year old letter and inspires its writer to venture through the Italian countryside searching for her long-lost love. Sophie and her fiancé tag along. They experience some bumps in their relationship during the trip, but things work themselves out in the end.

4. The Ramen Girl

Foodies, whet your appetite as you watch The Ramen Girl, a story about an American girl who travels to Tokyo with her boyfriend only to be dumped by him while there. She eats a delicious bowl of ramen and finds her life’s true calling: to be a ramen chef.

5. Virunga

According to the Global Wild Life Fund, there are about 1,000 mountain gorillas left on our planet. This documentary will inspire you to journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo to get an in-person view of its breath-taking natural beauty. In this film, you’ll witness the harrowing work of the individuals risking their lives to save Virunga National Park. The park is one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth and home to about half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Take in the stunning landscapes, majestic animals, and the double-edged sword that is the connection between nature and humanity.

6. The Lion King

This was one of my favorite movies as a child. It’s a timeless classic. Watch as a young lion prince goes from tragedy to triumph once he learns to put the past behind him. You’ll be inspired to book a flight to Africa to see the savannas in all their splendor.

You’ll reminisce about your adventures if you’ve already visited the places in these movies. If you haven’t, maybe watching these movies will inspire you to travel and experience them for yourself. Either way, you’ll be well entertained by them.

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6 Powerful Quotes For The First-Time Solo Traveler

Change your location, change your life.

Taking that first step into solo travelhood can be scary, to say the least. Here are 6 quotes that are not all travel-related, but can be applied to the solo travel lifestyle.

#1. “To Travel Is To Live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

You haven’t truly experienced life until you’ve made your way out of your comfort zone and expanded your mind. Happiness doesn’t just happen. It takes work. Exploring and interacting with the world around you promotes, among many other things, confidence, happiness, and a zest for life.

#2. “To do what you are afraid to do is to guide your life by fear. How much better not to be afraid to do what you believe in doing!” – Jane Addams

It can be intimidating to go somewhere alone, but you’ll find that doing so makes you stronger mentally and emotionally. We risk not doing what’s best for ourselves when we give in to fear. Instead of letting fear dictate your life, face your fears every chance you get. The more you face your fears, the more empowered you’ll become to do the things that matter most to you.

#3. “There is not enough time to do all the nothing we want to do.” – Bill Watterson

Whether you live to be 50 or 100, life is short. Don’t waste it sitting around living a boring, mundane life or letting others tell you how to live your life. Get up and get out. Pursue your dreams. Learn something new. Live in another country. Find out what makes you tick and feel alive. Live life fully.

#4. “Before the development of tourism, travel was conceived to be like study, and its fruits were considered to be the adornment of the mind and formation of the judgement.” – Paul Fussel

Travel gives you the opportunity to live in the moment and expand your mind. Don’t just go to a destination, be the destination. Immerse yourself in the culture of your destination. Stay for a few days or more. Don’t be a tourist. Be one of the locals. Eat what the locals eat. Stay where the locals stay. Hang out in the clubs with the locals. You’ll gain a whole new perspective on life, yourself, and others.

#5. “Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” – Ralph Charell

Solo traveling removes you from the normal distractions you’re used to at home so you can free up time to truly think. There’s no familiar external voice in your ear trying to influence your thoughts and decisions. You’re able to put things into perspective and make your own decisions based on what YOU want for YOUR life.

#6. “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain

No matter if you’re a man or a woman, we’ve all experienced some kind of fear or apprehension of a possible future event. Leaving your comfort zone tends to do that to you. The mind is capable of dreaming up all kinds of imaginary obstacles. As you prepare for your journey, come up with ways to minimize risks to your health or safety and replace any remaining fears with curiosity– What will you learn from your experiences? Who will you meet? How will your life be enriched?

There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored by YOU. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, stop you from your dreams of experiencing different countries and meeting new people. Face down your fears and take the leap. You won’t regret it.

Friendless When Traveling

I’m totally in love with solo traveling, but once in a while I like to sit and have a drink or lunch with another person. Sometimes, just striking up a conversation with a local can end up in a walk to the coffee shop across the street. Other times, it may seem impossible to find a lunch or coffee partner. During those seemingly impossible times, there’s a really simple fix! You know the saying, “There’s an app for that”? Well, it’s true!

The Couchsurfing app is an excellent tool for meeting up with other travelers looking to hangout with like minded individuals. You can hang out with as many people as you want if you’re all in close proximity and agree on a time and place. Couchsurfing has a ‘Hangout’ feature that uses location services to find other travelers in the same general area. It also has a feature for finding nearby events.

I’ve used this a few times and met some really awesome people. Solo travel doesn’t mean you have to be alone all the time! While you’re out there exploring new places, make new acquaintances and grow your network.

Happy travels!!

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