Kids movies that inspire travel (Part 1)

Whether you’ve got little ones, or just a big kid at heart. Here are our top picks for kids movies that inspire travel:

The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986): a young cat (Milo) and dog (Otis), who grew up together, are accidentally separated. They cross mountains and rivers to search for each other. Originally in Japanese, it took four years to make.


Aladdin (1992): Disney’s Middle Eastern tale about a young man vying for the love of a beautiful princess. Pet tigers and monkeys, a magic carpet and of course, Genie (voiced by the late Robin Williams). Jasmine is my all-time favourite Disney princess!


Anastasia (1997): Two men convince Anya, an orphaned young lady, to travel from St. Petersburg, Russia to Paris, France to find her family.

  Bolt (2008): A movie star dog embarks on an American cross-country journey to rescue his human, Penny.


Finding Nemo (2003): The story of an overprotective father who leaves his home at the Great Barrier Reef in search for his missing son.


Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992): Movie sequel where Kevin finds himself, you guessed it, lost in New York.


Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993): Three family pets (2 dogs and a cat) go on a cross-country American adventure in search of their human family.


Indiana Jones (1981 – ): Movie franchise about adventurer-archaeologist Indiana Jones including:

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-1996) – television show Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

There are also rumours for another Indiana Jones movie starring Harrison Ford and Chris Pratt. The most memorable one for me is Temple of Doom where he travels to India and eats monkey brain! Mmm yum.


Lilo and Stitch (2002): Set in Hawaii, a young girl adopts an extra-terrestrial ‘puppy’ named Stitch that she teaches loyalty, friendship and the Hawaiian tradition of Ohana.


Madagascar (2005 – ): Four Central Park Zoo friends are unexpectedly sent to Africa where they become shipwrecked in Madagascar. Sequels and spin-offs include:

Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa (2008) Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012) Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

A rumoured Madagascar 4 will be released in 2018.


Madeline (1989 – 2008): Based on books by Austrian author, Ludwig Bemelmans, an animated series about a young orphaned girl named Madeline and her life in Paris. My favourite character was Pepito, Madeline’s next door neighbour and son of the Spanish ambassador. There was also a feature film released in 2008.


Want to see the rest of our list? Check out Part 2.


Disclaimer: For parents – these films and television shows are for a variety of age groups and will contain material that isn’t strictly travel-related. Please check the ratings and viewing recommendations for content that might not be suitable for your child’s age and development. Sorry, we can’t be held responsible, if your child has a nightmare 🙂