travels: adventure films to inspire

Wednesday, 21 October 2015













what inspires people to travel? stories. here is a compilation of some of my favourites.

a. wild — driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother, the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destruction behaviour, cheryl strayed (reese witherspoon) makes a decision to halt the downward spiral and put her life back together again. with no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, cheryl sets out alone to hike the pacific crest trail — one of the country's longest and toughest trails.

b. into the wild — christopher mccandless, son of wealthy parents, graduates from emory university as a top student and athlete. however, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the alaskan wilderness.

c. 180° south — adventurer jeff johnson retraces a 1968 trip to patagonia undertaken by his heroes, yvon choinard and doug tompkins.

d. the way — an american father travels to france to claim the body of his estranged son, who was killed on a trek through the pyrenees.

e. touching the void  in 1985, two young climbers, joe simpson and simon yates set out to be the first to reach the summit of the siula grande in the peruvian andes. they succeed and the two embar on the treacherous descent down the mountain — only to meet with disaster when simpson breaks his leg in a fall, leaving yates to lower him the rest of the way with ropes. when a storm threatens both their lives, yates must decide whether to cut the rope and risk simpson's likely death.

f. darjeeling limited estranged brother francis, peter and jack reunite for a train trip across india. the siblings have not spoken in over a year, ever since their father passed away. francis is recovering from a motorcycle accident, peter cannot cope with his wife's pregnancy, and jack cannot get over his ex-lover. the brothers fall into old patterns of behaviour as francis reveals the real reason for the reunion: to visit their mother in a himalayan convent.

g. the secret life of walter mitty walter mitty, an employee at life magazine, spends day after day developing photos for the publication. to escape the tedium, walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. walter fancies a fellow employee named cheryl and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy. however, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when life's new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.

h. 127 hours — while exploring a remote canyon in utah, mountaineer and adventurer aron ralston becomes trapped when a boulder falls on his arm. over the next five days, ralston examines his life and considers his options, leading him to an agonising choice: to amputate his arms so that he can extricate himself and try to make his way back to civilisation or remain pinned to the canyon wall and likely die. 

i. tracks accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an australian satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from alice springs to the indian ocean.


any suggestions of films, which have inspired you to travel?

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