6 Movies to Inspire Summer Travel

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It’s summer and there is no better time to book some much-needed vacation, pack your bags and go on a trip. If you’re picky about your travel destinations and can’t settle on where to go for your next adventure, look no further than TELUS Optik TV™. With the largest On Demand library and the Netflix app on every TV, you can simply turn to Hollywood for some ideas on where to go. Here are six movies that might just help you figure out where you should spend your well-deserved vacation.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Walter Mitty lives an unremarkable life. He has been stuck in the same tedious job developing photos at LIFE magazine for the past 16 years, doesn’t have the courage to approach the woman he likes and has never done anything exciting or noteworthy. LIFE is preparing for the publication of its final print issue and, when the negative for the cover image goes missing, Walter embarks on a journey to find it, which turns into the adventure of a lifetime. This film will transport you to Iceland, Greenland and the towering mountains of the Himalayas while inspiring you to stop dreaming and start living.

Best Travel Quote:
“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – Life Magazine motto in Walter Mitty.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Seven British retirees decide to travel to Jaipur India to spend their retirement at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: an upscale yet inexpensive senior’s facility. When they arrive, they find the hotel is nothing like it was described in the brochure. It’s old, run down and managed by an eager young man who is in way over his head. Despite their initial disdain towards the resort, the Marigold Hotel ends up bringing them all closer together while delighting them in unexpected ways—and teaching them that no one is ever too old to embrace life.

Cinematographer Ben Davis beautifully captures the vibrant colours and culture of the Indian state of Rajasthan, and the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur. Who knows, the movie might just convince you to take a little trip and discover your own Marigold Hotel yourself.

Into the Wild

Christopher McCandless is 24 and has the world at his fingertips. He has just graduated from Emory University as a top student-athlete with a promising career ahead. However, instead of pursuing this ordinary life, he donates his savings to charity, leaves behind his friends, family and possessions, and departs on a solo journey to Alaska in search of spiritual fulfillment. The film features beautiful shots of the most stunning and isolated places across the U.S. and will inspire self-discovery and independence in the face of mediocrity.

Midnight in Paris

Successful Hollywood writer and aspiring novelist Gil Pender is vacationing in Paris with his fiancé, trying to write his first novel. He gets in the habit of wandering the city alone at night and finds himself overcome by nostalgia for the 1920s, which he feels were a more glamorous time full of amazing writers and artists. When a cab full of strangers picks him up for a night of partying, he is transported back in time where he falls into a social circle containing some of history’s biggest cultural icons in art and literature.

This film portrays the Paris in its prime with dazzling shots of the city after dark, and will have you dying to hop on a plane to the world’s most magical city.

Eat Pray Love

After ending her marriage, Liz Roberts is facing a crisis. She has lost touch with herself, and no longer knows what she wants from the world. She decides that, in order to find happiness, she must step outside her comfort zone and set out on a global journey of self-discovery to Italy, India and Indonesia. Eat, Pray, Love will not only dazzle you with its stunning visual portrayal of these countries, but may inspire you too set out on a truth-seeking journey of your own.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

When financial advisor Harriet Chetwode-Talbot seeks out advice from fisheries expert Alfred Jones on a project to bring salmon fishing to Yemen, Jones immediately shuts it down calling it “unfeasible.” When forced to go through with the project, however, he discovers the joy of going against the flow and attempting the impossible. This feel-good film will transport you to the subtropical desert known as Yemen while inspiring you to believe in the extraordinary.