Travel is no longer merely a sub-genre in film. Some of the best films I have ever seen recount travel as a life altering experience for the protagonist, or offer uniquely deep philosophical insights into the ever winding conundrum of the journey or the destination, among many more. I strongly believe that films remain the closest source to temporarily quench your ever increasing non satiated wanderlust and desire for travel. The internet and social media especially has us all daydreaming at our regular jobs of travelling to exotic locations, simply for a kickback, while there are some who yearn for a deeper, more soul enriching experience.
For either category of travelers, Netflix hosts selective content buried beneath heaps of popular movies. The movies listed below may or may not have travel as a salient plot point, but for the latter, the reason for their inclusion would be their disarmingly beautiful utilization of a destination that would inspire you to pack your bags and move straightaway. The kind of films that especially evoke a love affair with a city or country are my absolute favourite ones. With all that said now, here’s the list of really good travel movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now. The list includes adventure travel movies and backpacking movies.
12. Expedition Happiness (2017)
Well, certainly not the best of travel documentaries out there, I have to admit at the outset. ‘Expedition Happiness’ is about two individuals, a musician and a filmmaker who set out to find “happiness” away from the confines of their home and outside their comfort zones. They refurbish a bus and set out on their journey through Alaska into the South, including Mexico and other South American cities, only to be set back by problems that usually accompany travels of such nature, and their mountain dog’s intolerance to heat, a thing I feel pretty sorry about.
Certain viewers have termed their journey inconsequential and their behaviour callous on certain occasions, and while I am inclined to agree, I have to give it to the makers to actually go out there and document their travelogue. They attempted what most of us only dream of, and that may be reason enough to watch this laid back, low budget documentary. However, if well-made travel documentaries are your thing, you might want to give a try.
11. Like Father (2018)