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 For all movie fanatics: the 2018 Oscars are coming!

Newspapers are brimming with predictions on what the Best Movie will be, who will be the Best Actor and Actress, and who will receive the honour of being named the Best Director of 2017.

What’s sure is that the 4th of March will be an exciting day when a jury of top movie experts announces the Best of the Best in the movie world at the 90th Academy Awards.

But, before you settle in for a great night (or day) of TV watching, we thought it would be fun to make YOU the judge. We’ve lined up the greatest travel movies that appeared on the big screen since Amadeus came to life 30 years ago.

Be part of history and vote in the first-ever listing of favourite travel movies as selected by African travel consultants.

Here are the five categories:

1. Best Adventure Tourism Movie

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)


British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

  • The Darjeeling Limited (2007)



A year after their father’s funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.







  • The secret life of Walter Mitty (2013)



When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.


  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.









2. Best experience travel movie

  • Thelma and Louise (1991)


Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.


  • Into the Wild (2007)


After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.





  • The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

The dramatisation of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life’s calling.






  • Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

A married woman realises how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself”.






3. Best Business Travel movie

  • Up in the Air (2009)

Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire.






  • Lost in Translation (2003)


A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.





  • The Accidental Tourist (1988)


An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles.






  • Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back.





4. Best “different” travel movie

  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.







  • The Terminal (2004)


An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.






  • Up (2009)


Seventy-eight-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.






  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)


The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.




5. Best travel movie ever


Tell us your choice… Choose one of the movies from the previous categories or tell us your choice of travel movie from the last 30 years.





Help us create the ultimate list of travel movies, as chosen by African travel consultants.

Cast your vote here between January 16 and March 1 and you’ll stand a chance to win some amazing prices. Keep an eye on our Facebook page @AmadeusAfrica to see the amazing prizes you can win.

The selection of the best travel movies of all times, as voted by African travel consultants, will be announced in the week of the Oscars on March 6.