Sometimes the best way to satiate a thirst for travel is by sitting in a comfortable chair with a snack tray and a blanket and watching a great film. Since the start of the art form, film has been a peak into other worlds, into far off places and the people that live there. Great films immerse you in characters and settings that feel like a new experience, taking you somewhere new, all while never having to leave your chair. Whether using special effects or shot on location, watching a film is a cost effective way of itching that travel bug, if only for 120 minutes or so.
10. 180 Degrees South (2010)
The first and only documentary on this list, 180 Degrees South follows a man as he retraces the 1968 trip Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins took (the founders of The North Face and Patagonia clothing companies) from California to Patagonia, Chile. Jeff Johnson, the man who this film mainly chronicles, aims to climb the Corcovado Volcano in Patagonia, and speaks to Chouinard and Tompkins for advice before setting out on his own journey. Johnson surfs, sails and climbs his way to Patagonia, with a delay in Easter Island in between. It’s an intimate and thought provoking look into extreme travel, and while at times it could feel like a promotional tool for the aforementioned clothing companies, it serves well as entertainment and most importantly, inspiration to start planning that next adventure.