Holiday Movies That Gave The Best Travel Advice

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I'm still not back from my holiday at this moment I'm either in bed getting some extra zzzs or a sunscreen ladden blob on the beach or buying a new pair of shoes... OK, the sleep and shoes bit is the most likely. This post borrows a page from our Pop Princess's book as I am talking movies. These are the best travel tips from the movies.

1. Elf (2003)

"After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity" - IMDb

This film follows the journey of a man named Buddy after he leaves the North Pole after learning that he's adopted and in fact not an elf. He goes to New York City to find his human (and biological) father.

Travel Tip:

When Santa Clause is on his rounds delivering presents his sleigh crashes because he lost its "Kringle 3000, 500 Reindeer-Power" jet engine. He then has to rely on the dwindling Christmas spirit in the city to power it back up.

The lesson here is to load enough energy to go to your destination and return. Never leave home without a clear return plan and always have pan B.

2. Home Alone (1990)


"An 8-year-old boy, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars." - IMDb

The holidays weren't the holidays without this movie! It's tied strongly to my childhood

There are few lessons in this movie:

1. Don't just count heads. I understand that it was a chaotic departure for the McCallisters but heads/numbers can deceive. I better bet is to assign a buddy system, which your children have to stick with.

2. Don't trust the clocks. The reason the McCallister family is in a mad dash is because they oversleep as a result of their alarm clocks being reset.

3. Hire a house-sitter, Kevin would not have been alone and his parents wouldn't have felt the need to rush back to him. Their home would also have been safe from the "burglars."

4. Don't leave the airport, something will come up. Kevin's mother flies from Paris to Pennsylvania and goes on a round-about road trip with a band and still gets home the same day as the rest of the family who waited in Paris for a flight.

Fun Pop Princessy Fact: As of 2009, Home Alonewas the highest grossing comedy of all time.

What travel advice have you gotten from your favourite movies? What are your favourite holiday movies? Please share in the comments

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