Thursday, April 10, 2014

Best Travel Movies and TV Shows

Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love

You already hate yourself for the amount of time you spend watching TV or Netflix instead of doing something productive. And no matter how much you try to tell yourself, "I need to get off this couch," it never actually happens. This is why I want to point you in the direction of best travel movies and best travel TV shows. These will not only entertain you but inspire you to get out of the gentle, yet life sucking, chokehold of your comfy couch.

Idiot Abroad - This is by far my favorite TV show of all time. In it, Ricky Gervais' best friend, Karl, a simple, settled, and pessimistic man is forced to travel around the world. The purpose of each trip is to  make Karl realize that there is more to this world than just sipping a cup of tea in England. Karl hates almost every single minute of it, and it is hilarious to watch him do things he would never in a million years do if it was up to him. Warning: you may die of laughter.

Eat Pray Love - What is not to love about this chick flick. It deals with independence, adventure, love, food, and it shows some stunning views of this magnificent world. The storyline follows a woman who decides to quit her job, and travel around the world for 9 months. Yes, it might not be the best and deepest movie of all time but if you are up for a fun flick, grab some popcorn, get settled, and watch this movie.

Into The Wild - A movie based on a true story about a man, Christopher McCandless, who decided to drop everything in his life, and embark on a hitchhiking trip to Alaska. His story, as well as the people's he meets, is sure to resonate and stick with you for a long time.

Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations - Anthony Bourdain is an awesome man. He's a phenomenal writer, a former cook, and a travel enthusiast. His show, No Reservations, incorporates all of those qualities. In this series, Mr. Bourdain travels the world and explores each culture through its food. The writing in the show is excellent, and I don't think anyone can describe the taste of food better than Anthony Bourdain. If you are really into food—which I know you are—please watch this show. Better yet, watch it in HD. You will start salivating.

Up - I simply love this Disney movie. In it, an elderly man loses his wife. She dies. In the beginning of their relationship, they used to love adventures and travel, but as life kicked in they have stepped away from that. Now that he is all alone, the older man decides to fulfill his wife's and his final adventure. During his journey, he encounters some incredible experiences that make him realize just how good his life has been. Tissues recommended: you will tear up

180 Degrees South - this documentary follows a group of friends traveling to Patagonia. The beautiful,vivid, imagery of nature, tied in with a strong message against materialism, sucks you in right from the start. After watching this movie, you will start recommending it to all of your family and friends. And if you live in New York, the occasional people you meet on the subway. We have all been there.

Life In A Day - I don't really know how to describe this movie. Amazing seems to come to mind. On July 24, 2010, the world was asked to film short clips of their day. Over 80,000 videos from 192 countries were submitted. This film compiles these short clips and stories into one, heartfelt, touching, motion picture. It shows you how similar, yet different, life is when you break it down to its fundamental basis. We all go through hardships, moments of happiness, and we all long for love. This movie shows the complex beauty of human life.

What are some of your favorite travel movies and TV shows? Please comment and share your favorites as I am always up for a good flick. Thanks!

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