The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
You know the story, but let me refresh your memory. Best friends Bridget, Tibby, Lena, and Carmen are preparing to spend their first summer apart, when they find a pair of magical pants that miraculously fits them all. They end up sharing the pants throughout the summer, going on adventures, finding love, getting heartbroken, and dealing with loss. This book will make you laugh, cry, cringe with embarrassment, and fill your heart with love. Whether you’ve never read it or have read it a thousand times, opening this book up is like slipping on that perfect pair of jeans.
The Greatest Race (Amazon)
Two early 20th century daredevils, the Great Leslie and his despicable rival Professor Fate, will stop at nothing to beat the other. A proposed automobile race from New York to Paris leads to a few unexpected turns – not to mention the biggest pie fight of all time. It stars the classic Some Like It Hot duo, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon alongside Natalie Wood and Peter Falk. If anyone loves this movie as much as I do… do I dare say… remake? Push the button Max!
I know this movie isn’t technically a travel movie but I would argue that it has one of the best flight scenes (and dress fitting scenes) of all time. On the way to Maya Rudolph’s bachelorette party to Vegas, you’ve got xanaxed Kristen Wiig seeing a colonial woman on the wing of a plane, a skeptical Melissa McCarthy accusing a man (her husband IRL) of being an air marshal, drunk and emotional Ellie Kemper venting to Wendi McLendon, and the perfect and composed Rose Byrne… what could possibly go wrong?
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Amazon Prime)
This is one of, if not THE most known and beloved Bollywood movie across the board. Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol meet on a train during their travels through Europe, but that’s just the beginning of their love story. He attempts to win her traditional family over before she weds someone who sucks, only for them to be met with one obstacle after the next.
The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Disney+)
The Lizzie McGuire Movie is my everything. Did it give me absolutely ridiculous standards for school trips? Absolutely. Was I bitter that when I went to Rome, I was not asked to perform at the Italian Music Awards? Maybe! This movie has everything you want in a feel good film from childhood. Make-over scene – check. A romance that makes you squee – check. Musical numbers that you totally remember all the moves to – double check. The only question is – are we ever going to get the reboot ???
Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (Amazon)
To this day, I don’t think I’ve ever tried White Castle. But boy did I think it was the coolest thing ever when this movie came out! (I was nine) John Cho and Kal Penn make the best monosyllabic named best friend stoner duo as they travel through heaven and hellfire in the depths of New Jersey for a bite of those sliders.
I remember the night it happened. My grandparents were babysitting me and my brothers when we accidentally turned on the pilot. We immediately became obsessed with Oceanic Flight 815, Jack Shepard, Kate Austen, and Charlie Pace and from that point on, Wednesdays became my favorite day of the week. Whether you loved or hated how it ended, this show was a phenomena that opened the genre of television. Best part? Now you don’t have to wait until Wednesday to watch another episode.
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (Hulu)
So I’m currently at my parents house, which means Triple D is perpetually on our television. What can I say, my dad unironically loves Guy Fieri. But, this show is perfect when you don’t know what to watch. You can pick any episode and you might just pick up a few recipes to make this weekend. Plus, is there anything more soothing than watching people make food that’s about to be deep fried or covered in chocolate?
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