Travel Movie Monday: Into the Wild

Every second Monday I’m going to recommend you one travel movie (in no specific order). Each one of those mentioned, had some kind of an impact on me and I’m sure they will affect you too. Travel movies have the ability to inspire your wanderlust, the motivation to a new destination and give you the power to chase your goals.


Travel Movie Monday: Into the Wild | The Cheerful Wanderer

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.

This is one of those movies you could watch weekly and feel incredibly inspired by it. Into the Wild was released in 2007, but is still often discussed almost a decade later. Although movies rarely stay close to the books, Sean Penn’s spellbinding film adaptation did the source justice. It’s very easy to relate to the main character; haven’t we all at some point wished we could just throw it all away and escape the reality? Chris is an idealistic dreamer, who is intruduced to as someone most people would envy. He’s missing something in his life though, a connection with nature. What makes the movie so likable is the fact it’s based on a true story and shown that way. There’s a lot to learn about survival in the wilderness…

Emile Hirsch gives an astonishing performance. As Perry seibert writes in his review, “Hirsch succeeds grandly in the first rule of modern film acting — he doesn’t “act,” he simply “is.” The actor is so present in the part that the audience easily accepts how he changes the lives of those he meets during his journey.”

Travel Movie Monday: Into the Wild | The Cheerful Wanderer


Christopher McCandless: [written into book] Happiness only real when shared.

Christopher McCandless: If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.

Christopher McCandless: When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it.

Christopher McCandless: The sea’s only gifts are harsh blows, and occasionally the chance to feel strong. Now I don’t know much about the sea, but I do know that that’s the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. To measure yourself at least once. To find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. Facing the blind deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head.

Christopher McCandless: The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences.

Learn more about the move on IMDb.

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