My 15 Favorite Travel Movies

There are a few movies that will give me the travel bug every time I watch them. By the end of the movie I’m wanting to pack my bags and be on my way to the airport. Here are my favorite movies that make me want to travel:

  1. Catch Me If You Can – A movie about travel AND has Leo…. Of course it has to make my list. I also like that it’s based on a true story.
  2. Up – I wish I could travel the world with my pup.
  3. Eat Pray Love – I feel like this is almost a given.
  4. Airplane – This movie always makes me laugh (even more now that I’m a flight attendant)
  5. Eurotrip – This makes me want to backpack around Europe with my friends because Scotty doesn’t know.
  6. The Bucket List – This movie made me start my own bucket list
  7. Love Actually – One of my favorite holiday movies
  8. The Holiday – Another holiday movie on my favorites list
  9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – I love sharing travel stories with my friends
  10. Moana – This movie reminds me of home.
  11. Spy – It is an action movie but it makes me want to travel around Europe.
  12. Harry Potter – I want to fly to England and see if I can find the real Diagon Alley, walk through platform 9 3/4, and hopefully find Hogwarts castle.
  13. The Hangover – This movies makes me want to pack my bag and jump on a plane to go party with my friends.
  14. Lost In Translation – Because I love making friends when I travel.
  15. The Chipmunk Adventure – This was one of my favorite movies as a kid. It made me want to race around the world in a hot air balloon.

What movies make you want to travel?

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24 Things That Need To Be On Your Bucket List

The Bucket List! The list things you want to do or accomplish before you “kick the bucket”. For me it is the ultimate to do list that never ends as I keep finding things to add to it. Here are the 24 things I think everyone should consider having on their bucket list.

  1. Eat a spam musubi in Hawaii
  2. Go to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  3. Walk the Vegas strip
  4. Add to the gum wall in Seattle
  5. Give an elephant a bath in Thailand
  6. Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain
  7. Float in the Dead Sea
  8. Fly first class on a long haul with lay flat beds
  9. Walk through Central Park in New York City
  10. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  11. Swim with the pigs in the Bahamas
  12. Bathe in a Japanese onsen
  13. See the Northern Lights
  14. Walk Across Abbey Road
  15. Walk the Great Wall of China
  16. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
  17. Have a beer at Oktoberfest
  18. Watch the Sunset in Santorini
  19. Kiss the Blarney Stone
  20. Ride a Gondola
  21. Ski the Swiss Alps
  22. Attend the Kentucky Derby
  23. Book a trip on a whim
  24. Take a staycation

Add all 24 or just a few but these are the few things I would love to experience before I kick the bucket.

Travel Smart: Going From Point A To Point B

When booking a flight sometimes a direct route is not an option or going through another city is cheaper. If you are making connections be aware of the time you have between flights and what airport you will be traveling through.

It’s good to have enough time to get from one flight to another. I recommend having at least an hour (if not more) between flights. This gives you a contingency in the event a small delay happens. It will also save you from having to sprint from gate to gate in an attempt to make your next flight.

Think about the airports you are traveling through. Some airports are easier to navigate than others. You may want to research the airport where you will make your connection. Some have a train to get you between terminals and others you may need to go for it on foot. Larger hub cities will have larger airports. If you are switching between airline carriers you may also need to go another terminal which can also take time.

Malibu, California: Malibu Cafe

Took my mom here for lunch and had a nice little time. The food and drinks seem a little overpriced but were very delicious. I am a big fan of the frose (reminds me of NYC a little). I had the BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Fries and for dessert we split the S’mores Cake. The cake was delicious and I wish I could have had 3 pieces for my entire meal. The staff is nice and helpful.

The scenery is just adorable and I love the little games they have around like corn hole, giant jenga, and giant chess. They have a few different areas where you can hang out and relax with a cocktail. This would be a great location if you are looking for a venue for an upcoming event.

 

Glendale, California: The Nail’ery & Co

img_2743This place is awesome! I drive the 45 mins to get here because I love their service and the services offered.

The salon is clean and the staff is nice and open to answering any questions. The chairs are comfortable and I like the decor and music.

I have been here twice and both times were great! I like to get the unicorn polish which I can’t find at many salon at the same rate as The Nail’ery & Co. Their color options for gel is amazing and I often have difficulty picking a color. Both times Kelly has done my gel mani and it turned out perfect. No chipping in the 3 weeks between manis.

I like that they offer different drink choices including coffee, tea, water, juice, and MIMOSAs! It adds a little touch that you don’t find at other places.

I will definitely continue to come here!

Westminster, California: Eiswelt Gelato

img_2736Bunnies, Pigs, and Bears oh my! This place is so cute. My mom came across it on social media and insisted we go when she came to visit me.

The location is pretty easy to find and there is plenty of parking. The venue itself is fairly small but there is limited seating inside and outside.

We arrived at the right time as there was no line when we went which gave us plenty of time to decide what we wanted. Their characters are almost too cute to eat and their flavors are great too! There are almost too many characters toimg_2721 choose from. The characters you can choose from are bunnies, pigs, piglets, bears, and pikachu. Their decorations are made out of chocolate and marshmallows. I had a salted caramel bunny and my mom had a salted caramel pig with a pistachio piglet. Characters can come on a cone or in a bowl. Some of the flavors to choose from are salted caramel, pistachio, coconut, red velvet, jasmine milk tea, green tea, mango, strawberry, and chocolate.

I will definitely stop by again when I’m in the area.

Malibu, California: Malibu Wine Safari

img_2613Zebras, Giraffes, and Wine Oh My! I absolutely LOVE this place! My mom came to visit and wanted to take her some where fun that we haven’t been to yet. We did the Giraffe Tour so we could meet Stanley and were not disappointed. Our tour guide was Kristine and our driver was JC. On the tour you get to sample 6 wines (3 whites and 3 reds) and meet a bunch of different animals on the ranch. Everyone gets to sample each wine and if there is anything left over you can get another sample once everyone in the tour has tasted.

img_2556There are plenty of opportunities for photos in the scenery and with the animals. Kristine was very knowledgeable about the property and animals. I really enjoyed all of the animals’ names (like Llama Del Rey and Zebrina The Teenage Witch). I really want to know who gets to name the residents of the ranch because that might be the coolest job ever. I like that you can feed the animals but be sure to listen to your guide if there are any specific things to know about certain animals. The llamas love carrots and take great selfies and you definately don’t want to get your butt bit by a zebra.

At the start of our tour the weather wasn’t that great but it cleared up about half way through. I highly recommend researching the weather so you can dress accordingly. You really don’t have to bring much with you on the safari. I recommend a camera (or cell phones work too), wallet (for check in), sunglasses (if it’s going to be sunny), and jacket (for those colder days).

I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Malibu area!

Hollywood, California: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

IMG_2794“You’re a WIZARD Harry!” Anyone who has read the Harry Potter series will love The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the Universal Hollywood theme park. This has to be my favorite section of the park! I wish it was a little larger but it is still a lot of fun anyway. Be sure to try the Butterbeer while you’re here!

There are 2 rides in this area, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff. Ollivanders is considered a ride but it’s more of a show. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has to be my favorite ride in the entire park. I could spend all day riding it over and over. There is a locker room you must put your belonging in before going on the ride. Even the walk through the castle before you get to the actual ride is a fun experience.

If you purchase an interactive wand, throughout the wizarding world you can cast spells. Just look for the medallion on the ground and it will show you the wand motion as well as the spell.

There are also 2 shows that happen throughout the day. You have the Frog Choir and the Triwizard Spirit Rally. At the end of each show there is an opportunity to take photos with the performers.

The Three Broomsticks is where you would want to grab a bite if you’re hungry and looking for a place to eat. Hog’s Head Pub is your place to grab an adult beverage. The women’s bathroom also has a little surprise for those Harry Potter fans. A certain ghost may be hanging out in there.

There are many different shops to look through to find the Hogwarts gear you need for yourself or as gifts.

Six Foods To Try When In Hawaii

There are so many different cultures in Hawaii and that is reflected in the food. Some of these foods you can’t find anywhere else unless you make it yourself or find a specialty shop. If you make it out to the islands, these are the six things I recommend you try.

Kalua Pig – Some of you may know this as pulled pork but it’s cooked a little differently. The authentic way to cook Kailua Pig is by digging a pit, lining it with rocks and leaves, putting the pork in the center, burying it, and let the sun cook it in the ground. It goes great with rice and mac salad.

Meat Jun – You will find Meat Jun at Hawaii Korean BBQ sports. If you ask for it outside of Hawaii people will usually look at your like you’re crazy (I know because I’ve asked). It’s beef that’s had been coated in an egg batter and fried. It is one of my all time favorite lunch options.

Spam Musubi – This is Hawaii’s PB&J. Growing up you would bring a spam musubi for lunch on school trips along with a Hawaiian Sun juice and chips. It is a slice of spam (usually coated in teriyaki sauce), rice, and nori (seaweed). Best way to describe it would be spam sushi.

Poke – Yes I know there is a craze going on now and you can find poke shops across the country but most of these places don’t compare to the poke in Hawaii. The fresh fish and the seasoning is unlike anything you’ve had before. It makes for a perfect pupu (Hawaiian for appetizer) or a snack at the beach. Poke is raw fish that has been seasoned in a variety of different ways. It great on its own or you can pair it with rice.

Malasada – Heaven in pastry form. It is batter that has been fried and rolled in sugar. It makes for a great dessert or quick snack. Just be careful when you eat it as it can get messy with the sugar. The sugar will get all over the place if you’re not careful.

Shave Ice – Some people may call it a snow cone but I think it’s a little different. To me shave ice (Yes shave ice. Not Shaved Ice. No “d”) is finer which will hold the syrup better. You can put ice cream or azuki beans at the bottom and if you buy condensed milk on top it’s called a Snow Cap. There are a variety of different syrup flavors you can mixed together for endless combinations. Definately a great way to cool down on those hot Hawaiian days.

If you can’t try all six I recommend trying at least one thing on this list while your visiting the 50th state.

Dear Pax: Entertainment 

Dear Passenger in 11A,

Yes we can hear you complaining. I’m sure they can even hear you 5 rows back. The entire plane can hear how upset your are that there are “no TVs”. The more you complain isn’t going to change the fact there are no entertainment systems. The flight attendant will not run to Best Buy and get you a tablet if you keep complaining. Everyone heard you the first time. I’m pretty sure we heard you the other ten times as well.

This is a smaller aircraft and like most small aircrafts there are no entertainment systems. There was even a time not too long ago when all planes didn’t have personal entertainment systems. There was a time when you couldn’t pick which movie you wanted to watch. You were stuck watching whatever movie the plane was playing or nothing at all.

In today’s day and age practically everyone has some sort of electronic device and I’m pretty sure you can watch movies on your tablet, smart phone, or laptop.

So please stop whining like a 5 year old that there are no TVs. Read the magazine that is in the seat back pocket. Act like a millennial and play on your cell phone for 2 hours. Maybe take a nap. Just please stop complaining. We heard you the first dozen times.

Your’s Truly,
An Annoyed Passenger