What Inspired Me to Travel



If you ask anyone who loves to travel why they decided to travel I’m sure they’d say that something like a book, a film, or perhaps a photo on Instagram inspired them to pack their bags and go explore the world. For me it was films. I’ve loved watching films since I was little, especially the ones that included an adventure that took the characters to different far away places, which incidentally initiated my hunger to explore the world and see these places for myself.

Today’s post is a collaboration with Panasonic who have recently launched an amazing range of 4K TVs that will bring the movie theatre to your living room, perfect for all you movie lovers. You can check out all of Panasonic’s 4K TV’s here.

Here are some of the films that have influenced my travels, as well as adding other places I’d love to visit on my travel bucket list.


Eat Pray Love
Countries: Italy, India and Bali.


Ever since the book and film were released they have been inspiring people to travel and discover who they are. It sounds cliché but travel and ‘finding yourself’ go hand in hand. I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s the motion of discovering a new place / culture that makes you look into yourself and allows you find out more about yourself through other people. Wow, that just got deep.

This film shows you three amazing countries, but the one that I love out of all of them is Bali. I’ve had Bali on my bucket list for years, but I loved how Eat Pray Love shows you a different side to Bali, where’s it’s not all about the beaches, there’s also spirituality and community.


Sex and the City
Country: New York, USA.


Need I say anything with this one? Sex and the City probably put New York on the map for most of us who watched the show. It put the Magnolia Bakery on the must see and eat map for tourists, as well as many restaurants and shops.

Who can honestly say that they have not used this show as a New York City guide?


James Bond
Countries: Worldwide.

I’m currently rewatching these and I forgot how much they influenced my travel bucket list. Of course we can’t all be a British spy who goes across the world to prevent one disaster after another, but we can hop on a plane to somewhere else and grab ourselves a martini – shaken, not stirred, while looking out across a cityscape.

It’s from watching the Bond films that I discovered places I never knew I wanted to visit, for instance:  Jamaica, Istanbul and Cuba.


Studio Ghibli
Countries: Japan / fantasy.


After writing many travel posts about Japan are you surprised to see this on my list? Although most Studio Ghibli films are fantasy based they represent Japanese culture in their stories and their particular animation style, which is partly how I began to be interested in visiting Japan.

You can check out my Japan guides here.


Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Countries: UK, Cambodia, Venice and Siberia.


Forget whether you thought this was a good film or not, you can’t deny that the location shooting in Cambodia was amazing. This film put Cambodia at the top of my bucket list, especially Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. The architecture and nature surrounding both of these places are just spectacular, and I would love to see them for myself.

What has inspired you to travel? Are there any films you’d recommend to inspire wanderlust?
Let me know in the comments below 🙂


*This is a collaborated post with Panasonic, but as always all opinions are my own.


**All photos are from Kaboompics.




  1. May 6, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Love your post!! Eat, pray, love also inspire me a lot <3

    • Tegan
      June 3, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you!

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