Rather than sitting at home watching the rain run down the window, why not watch these films and documentaries for some emigration inspiration. We’ve also thrown in a couple of books to make your commute more bearable.
Eat Pray Love
Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts), a woman who supposedly has everything you need to be happy – husband, house, career – drops everything to travel the world after her marriage breaks down. Her voyage takes her to three countries with the emerging themes of eat (Italy), pray (India) and love (Bali). What started off as a journey of self-discovery turns out to be a total transformation, as she meets lifelong friends along the way and finds love before her journey’s end. The story highlights the rewarding experiences encountered and relationships forged when travelling, leaving you longing to make the move overseas.
Rather than sitting at home watching the rain run down the window, why not watch these films and documentaries for some emigration inspiration.
The Bucket List
Two terminally ill men (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson), who having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, decide to embark on an epic adventure around the world, to experience everything on their “bucket list” before their time is up. This movie is inspirational and reinforces the message that life is short and we must live it to the fullest while we can. As the two men savour their experiences across the globe you will be inspired to seize the day. Will you take action, or just let the calling pass?
Vagabonding – an uncommon guide to the art of long-term world travel
Take a detour from your regular life to discover the world and be inspired by this book. In Vagabonding veteran budget traveller Rolf Potts reveals how with a free spirit and bit of savvy you can achieve your travelling dreams. The book covers everything from financing your travel time to working overseas. By the end you’ll feel ready to pack your bags and make the move.
The Alchemist is a story about an Andalusian Shepard who follows an impulse that takes him on a journey of self-discovery to the pyramids in Egypt, became an international bestseller after being translated from Portuguese into around 70 languages. The book is as much a spiritual quest as it is a travel tale and will leave you truly inspired to realise your dreams.
Baraka is a documentary film with no narrative or voice-over that exposes the viewer to a series of diverse themes: human, natural and technological. Set in 24 countries on six continents it takes you on a journey across the globe from the natural splendour of the Galapagos Islands to the history of Angkor Wat. Your list of places to go will definitely get even longer after watching this.
The Endless Summer
This seminal 60s surf movie chronicles two Californian surfers as they chase waves around the globe. Their adventure takes them to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa in a quest to discover new breaks and teach the locals how to surf. This classic documentary is full of adventure and touching encounters and will leave you dreaming of your own endless summer.