This blog post was updated on October 11, 2018.
Finding inspiration to travel is not so much of a challenge in the age of information. However, unearthing those to emulate on our travels, examples you can learn from, those who seize the travel day everyday they are away, can be more difficult to uncover. While actual personalities provide a sense of modeling for travelers, there is nothing like a good chick flick protagonist that transforms or embraces travel to serve as your own personal guide for journeys and voyages around the world.
A little mermaid that wanted to live on land, a disgruntled ex-fiancé with a fear of flying on her way to Paris, an uptight wealthy American in the French Riviera, a sheltered romance writer facing adventures in Colombia and a princess on holiday in Rome all provide ideal travel role models for anyone looking to travel and transform in the process.
Ariel, The Little Mermaid: Why Ariel wanted to leave her life under the sea I don’t know. Apparently she was sick of swimming. Like most career breakers these days, Ariel leaves her normal life for a new world. Ariel deals with her new set of legs how travelers should. She doesn’t fit into this new world, using forks as hairbrushes, but she continues to be herself no matter where she is. I am a firm believer in staying true to who you are, no matter where you are on the globe. Personality and travel should never be afraid to coexist.
Princess Anne, Roman Holiday: Audrey Hepburn’s character in Roman Holiday may have been a princess in disguise, but she adapted to life in Rome, enjoying every aspect she could. Hepburn didn’t know when the fun would end, when she would be forced back into the life of a royal, so she lapped up the gelato, vespa rides, flirtations from Italian men and sightseeing for all it is worth. Every traveler can mirror her ways for you never know when you will return.
Joan Wilder, Romancing The Stone: Kathleen Turner’s character receives word her sister has been kidnapped in Colombia. A romance writer by day, Wilder is not exactly the adventure traveler, but quickly finds herself in scenarios you wouldn’t believe. However, she steps outside of who she is for the adventure of travel, oh and to get her sister back. Wilder undergoes a transformation due to travel, going from a closed off, homebody writer to an adventure seeking, passion embracing person.
Frances Stevens, To Catch A Thief: Grace Kelly’s character arrives to the French Riviera uptight and with her nose held high in the air, unreceptive to new people. With diamonds and unlimited sums of money, she becomes more down to earth as the film progresses due to her interactions with strangers. Kelly’s character is the prime example of travel and its ability to change a person. She may still have all the diamonds and rubies, but she learns to be more humble and less of a snob in the French Riviera of all places and with Cary Grant on her arm.
Kate, French Kiss: Meg Ryan’s character in French Kiss forges a trip to Paris with her fiancé Charlie due to a fear of flying, only to get a call that he has met a French woman and they are getting married. Kate conquers her fear of flying and hops on a plane to win Charlie back. In the mean time, she has all of her personal belongings stolen. She makes the best of the situation with a little sarcasm on the side. Trusting in locals and appreciating the 400 some cheeses in France, Ryan’s character represents the traveler who has it all go wrong, picks up the pieces and deals with the situation with humor. She was traveling for a purpose and found another purpose in the process.