ByRaymond Wilson, writer at Creators.co
Raymond Wilson

There are many genres of movies that suit our taste, but here’s one that teaches us the most important lessons of life: travel movies. They give us plenty of excitement for sure, but inspire us to do the unthinkable, too. For example, the movie The Endless Summer teaches us all about discovering new cultures — isn’t that what life should be all about instead of chasing for worldly materials?

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5. 'The Beach' (2000)

'The Beach' [Credit: Fox]
'The Beach' [Credit: Fox]

Kids of the 2000s will remember this travel movie, not just for the OST scored by All Saints, but also because of the main character, played by the handsome and the off-beaten path he takes that taught him life-saving survival skills. Love stories can develop anywhere and anytime, so for all of you reading this that want to fall in love: Fall in love with the idea of you and traveling solo. Sometimes a new world and new experience can teach you more than what you can learn otherwise. It’s all about loving yourself and exploring your inner senses.

4. 'Shanghai Kiss' (2007)

'Shanghai Kiss' [Credit: Anchor Bay Entertainment]
'Shanghai Kiss' [Credit: Anchor Bay Entertainment]

Why are we in love with this travel movie? Although it is a boy-meets-girl story, it isn’t in some quaint home town, but in another continent altogether. This is a movie that is asking you to get back to your roots, to discover it and to appreciate where your lineage comes from. Moreover, understanding a certain culture gives you perspective and you regain the heritage you thought was lost forever.

3. 'The Motorcycle Diaries' (2004)

'The Motorcycle Diaries' [Credit: Focus Features]
'The Motorcycle Diaries' [Credit: Focus Features]

Why are we rooting for this film over and over again as one of the best travel films to watch? Life’s calling is what we often talk (and daydream about), but do we really understand the concept? It is all about taking risks, chances and moving on in life when the path ahead seems new and not taken. Hope is always the straw you can hang upon, and this is what the movie talks about.

2. 'Outsourced' (2006)

'Outsourced' [Credit: ShadowCatcher Entertainment]
'Outsourced' [Credit: ShadowCatcher Entertainment]

What has Outsourced as a Hollywood blockbuster taught the world? To begin with, if you are looking for a typical travel flick, this movie isn’t for you. This is a movie where the main character is sent to India. Once there, he discovers his calling in a new culture (shocks and surprises et al). You have got to be ready for what comes your way in life without a warning. Outsourced is a movie that tells you the blatant truth of life: You don't always get to live life in your comfort zone.

1. 'One Week' (2008)

'One Week' [Credit: Mongrel Media]
'One Week' [Credit: Mongrel Media]

The 2008 movie One Week was an eye opener. Ben, the main character, is taken off guard when he was told of his terminal illness. Does that stop Ben from living life? No. Ben buys a 1973 Norton motorcycle and swooshes off to the Pacific. He spends time in nature, understanding new cultures and environments, and even finds romance. What we learn here is to always have a positive frame of mind, no matter what the adversities are — life has its own surprises.

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