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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The First Movie that Inspired Me to Travel

By Marianne Schwab | Best Travel Deals Tips Blog

It was the movie that first inspired me to want to travel: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It was also the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater as a little girl (yes, that's me on the left). For a kid, the movies were magic but to have Chitty Chitty Bang Bang be your first movie theater experience was magical. This movie even had an intermission. It might have been because they used to make a lot of movies longer "back then" and this film was two hours and 24 minutes long. Or it could have been because the writer devised a wonderful, scary and quite literal cliff hanger right before intermission when you see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang going over a cliff along with her occupants and you thought, "how can they get out this mess." But then...the magical surprises of the most amazing automobile ever built were revealed -- after you returned from the intermission with fresh popcorn and a soda.

Original Movie Trailer: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was the ultimate travel vehicle. It was perfect for road trips and (spoiler alert), this car could fly and float. This versatile vehicle took movie goers through the beautiful streets and countryside of Europe and to points beyond via the silver screen. Perhaps it's no surprise that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was an Ian Fleming flick since the car did have the personality and characteristics suitable for a covert operative like James Bond, but for kids, of course.

Theme Song Movie Clip: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The movie certainly feeds the imagination of children and adults alike and starred Dick Van Dyke and the very glamorous, Sally Ann Howes. Seeing this movie will plant a wander lust into kids of all ages and they will yearn to travel in style with the most amazing travel machine ever conceived - well, at least to a five year old. When you listen to the theme song, you won't be able to stop smiling or to get the tune out of your head.

DVD Movie Trailer: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was filmed in three countries, including France, England, and Germany. If you like movie locations vacation ideas, Venice and New York City make some of your favorite films come alive.

What movie or movies first inspired you to travel? I'd love to hear about them below in the comments section.

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