As the plane began its descent, I was roused from my sleep by a flurry of movement in the cabin. What had been a black nightscape just three hours before, was now a tableau of glittering azures and deep ultramarines. Sunlight streamed through the glass and as we came into land it seemed we would do so on the crystal clear waters. I stepped out onto the tarmac and was warmed by a welcoming breeze. The chill of the early morning Melbourne air seemed like a distant memory. I’d arrived in paradise.
The travelling narrative is a populated one: images of half-dressed figures jumping into lagoons and friends smiling at the camera are the go-to when you picture a trip overseas. Going abroad for any length of time, it seems you’re expected to come home with a killer tan and 50 new Facebook friends whose native tongues combined outnumber the flights it took you to meet them.
There are travels that have inspired films and then there’s films that inspire travel: in fact, it seems to be a pretty cyclical relationship. Capturing a country’s sights and sounds in moving picture is one of the best ways to instil the prospective traveler with a sense of adventure. Telling incredible stories, capturing the most stunning landscapes or simply showing you what else is out there: these films will have you running to the nearest airport to book a one-way ticket on the next flight leaving the ground.