Films are often about living vicariously through the lives of the stars we see on screen. But it doesn’t always need to be vicarious. If you’re planning to travel soon, you can recreate the journey of one of your favorite stars.
Hollywood is no stranger to travel films. From road trips in America to globe-trotting excursions, we’ve seen it all. And some fans have faithfully recreated these journeys online. So go on, follow in the footsteps of your favorite stars.
Into The Wild (Within the U.S.)
Sean Penn’s 2007 film chronicles the true story of Christopher McCandless, who did something many of us dream of. After graduating from college, he sold all his worldly possessions and set off on a cross-country trip.
Tripline, a site to plan and share your travels, has a full map of McCandless’s travels. It’s a total of 31 places, going over 11,000 miles from D.C. to southern USA and then up north to Alaska. It even pinpoints the exact place where you can find the abandoned bus where McCandless made his home in the forest, and eventually died.
If you’re looking for a road trip, take any leg of this journey. It’s beautiful and scenic, with a real feel of America. For added ambiance, play Eddie Vedder’s haunting soundtrack on your stereo.
Thelma and Louise (Southern U.S.)
In case you want to plan a road trip through southern USA, look no further than Thelma and Louise. This seminal flick is perhaps the greatest buddy movie made in Hollywood, even if the buddies are two middle-aged housewives.
One enterprising netizen dug deep into the movie to chart the possible route they took. It’s fictitious, of course, but that doesn’t mean it’s fake. You’ll start in Little Rock, Arkansas and make your way to Arizona. Before you start, check our guide for everything you need to know for a long road trip.
There’s no detour through Texas, since Louise refuses to travel to that state. But feel free to go for a look-see and then rejoin the path. It promises to be a fascinating journey.
Forrest Gump (East Coast or West Coast)
One day, Forrest Gump decided to start running. He had some thinking to do. And he just kept running, from one end of the coast to another. When he hit a dead end, he turned around and ran in another direction. “When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go, you know, I went,” he recalled.
Now, we’re not suggesting you run across the United States. But you could visit some of the iconic locations shown during his run. Centives gathered 11 major points and plotted them on a map, so that you can choose either an East Coast trip or a West Coast trip.
Eat, Pray, Love (Italy, India, Indonesia)
Eat, Pray, Love is perhaps the most famous modern travel book and journey of self-discovery. Its fame was only widened when Julia Roberts played the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, in its movie adaptation.
The story is about Gilbert’s journey to Italy, India, and Bali (an island in Indonesia), where she practiced the three cornerstones of what makes life worth living: she ate, she prayed, she made love.
Gilbert didn’t give all the specifics about the places she visited. She did give some clues and named a few points of interest though. Conde Nast Traveler made a short guide for fans, charting an “Eat, Pray, Love” itinerary for each of the three locations.
It’s all about getting a truly local experience on your travels. You can do one leg of Gilbert’s journey at a time, or if you have enough time, go for the full trip.
Around the World in 80 Days (International)
No list of famous journeys would be complete without Jules Verne’s classic novel, Around The World in 80 Days. It has been recreated on film several times, from the classic David Niven movie to the modern Jackie Chan version.
The protagonist, Phileas Fogg, sets off from London to travel the world and return back to his city in 80 days. The book was written at a time when you could only use steamer ships and trains to travel, so you can obviously do this journey much quicker now. But where’s the romance in flying by plane?
Go from London to Suez to Mumbai to Kolkata to Hong Kong to Yokohama to San Francisco to New York and back to London. Or start in any of those cities and complete the circle. It’ll be expensive, so you might need these five tips to save money while travelling. But plan and save up, this is one trip everyone should do in their lives. And if you want, you can read the classic novel for free on a Kindle.
Which Famous Route Will You Take?
I’m not sure when I’ll be able to follow in Phileas Fogg’s footsteps, but I hope to do that one day. Have you already finished any one of these amazing journeys?
Which famous route are you most looking forward to travelling on? And if there’s any other movie journey we missed here, shout out in the comments!