Travel Secret #367
By Prerna Bidalia

2004: The Motorcycle Diaries

Interested in heading to the Latin-American continent, but lack the funds? Never fear! Just plug in your DVD player and sit back and relax as you watch Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries.” The cinematography depicting snow-capped mountains, lush-green forests and sun-kissed desserts is sure to have you glued to your seats as you take in the beauty. The film features shots from Miramar, Buenos Aires, Villa Gesell and more. Interestingly, this film also inspired Guevara themed road trips with travel agents answering a surge of queries on a daily basis.

2007: The Darjeeling Limited

After their father’s death three brothers take a trip across India to ‘bond’ and find some inner peace. Whether they find the latter or not is unanswerable, but they do find each other. The film tastefully captures the deserts of Rajasthan and the Indian Himalayas. So even if you can’t take a camel ride across the deserts, you at-least get to experience some of the grandeur through the picturesque visuals.

2007: Into the Wild

A young college graduate gives up all his life’s savings to rough it out in the wild. Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild” follows Christopher McCandless as he rides the rails, kayaks down the Colorado River and makes his way across snowy peaks. The film features an inimitable portrayal of American wanderlust- exuberant and unstoppable. The movie also offers breath-taking views of the north-american landscapes, from Alaskan peaks to gushing- gurgling rivers.

2008: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamoured with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture. It’s a beauty of a film, with a painting-like feel to the visuals and real-life intensity to the dialogue.

But mostly, we love it for the way it shines up Barcelona!

“I wasn’t thinking of anything other than creating a story that had Barcelona as a character. I wanted to honour Barcelona, because I love the city very much, and I love Spain in general. It’s a city full of visual beauty, with a romantic sensibility,” says Woody Allen.

2008: In Bruges

Where in the world is Bruges would perhaps have been the first question that popped into your head as you read the sub-heading.  Although the place doesn’t find a mention in many travellers’ bucket list, Belgium’s capital city has much to offer. Luckily, this film shows viewers enough to make them feel like locals. Two hitmen, played by Colin Farrel and Brendan Gleeson play hide-seek with their boss in the city’s storybook background. So let your eyes do all the travelling as you stay glued to your seats, wondering if places like these really do exist!

2009: Road, Movie

They say, if you wish to escape, travel! And that is precisely what Vishnu, the main protagonist in this movie does. Looking to escape his father’s hair-oil business, Vishnu hitches a ride on a 1942, Chevy that takes him across the harsh desert terrain of India. The film’s cinematography affords images that showcase the vibrancy of Rajasthan’s deserts, with picture perfect sunsets. “Road, Movie” also takes its characters along with the viewer on a culture trip across India and delivers a subtle message to simply ‘stop and smell the roses.’

2013: Secret Life of Walter Mitty

“Life is about courage and going into the unknown.” Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” truly lives up to this ideal. The film takes the viewer as well as its central character on a wild goose chase from Greenland through Iceland, whilst capturing panoramic images of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull and there’s also a slight detour to the Himalayas. Walter Mitty inspires the viewers to stop being a couch potato and go out and explore the unknown.