Movies That Inspire Travel – Against All Odds

Today while thinking about what I would write here, a song popped into my head.
The song, Against All Odds, was the title song for the film, Against All Odds. It was performed by Phil Collins, who is one of my favorite musicians. I began to think about the way that music, like a photograph, can conjure such powerful memories of time and place.

To me, the movie is all about the relationship between the main characters, played by Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward. I’ve always thought of travel as having a bit of a romantic and mysterious aura. In spite of having an outstanding cast, including James Woods, Rachel Ward, and Jeff Bridges, the movie was not Oscar material. The locations and the scenery got my attention though…the amazing turquoise water and the ancient Mayan ruins, Chichen Itza and Tuluum.

That movie motivated me to go to Cozumel and Chichen Itza.  Which poses the question, have you ever watched a film that inspired you to book a vacation or trip?  Do movies inspire you to travel?

I found this snapshot from that trip. I think it was about 1990? I was using a small film camera then, about the size of a point and shoot digital camera today. The quality is not great, but I am  amazed at how true the color of the water is. This particular shot is a classic angle that you see in tourist and travel brochures for Tuluum and the Yucatan Peninsula.

The music video has some great scenery. In fact, you’ll see the same shot of Tuluum , with Jeff Bridges in it. Sadly, he wasn’t there the day I was. The title song, performed by Phil Collins, is  probably one of the best things about the movie. Let me know if you like it as much as I do.

If you haven’t been to the Mayan ruins do you want to go? Check it out: Against All Odds.

For more movie inspiration, read my post Writing Inspiration – Letters To Juliet.

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