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What Favorite Movies, TV Shows Or DVDs Do You Bring On Trips?

May 24th, 2007 · 2 Comments

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Every time we’re getting ready for a trip, Travel Boyfriend asks me which DVDs we should bring. He used to ask me which CDs to bring too, but now we’ve both got our own iPods so unless we’re doing a lot of self-drive road trips, we usually stick to our own music libraries.

It might seem sacrilegious to watch TV on the road, but you’d be surprised how often it comes in handy. When you’ve been sightseeing from 9-5 and your belly is full of dinner and maybe even a few drinks and you just feel like kicking back, but can’t stomach anymore Thai MTV, sometimes the only thing you want to do is watch something familiar from home.

When we went to South Africa and Namibia, we brought the entire first and second seasons of Deadwood. I’d never seen the show before, but I was instantly obsessed. It didn’t hurt that our room at the Cape Heritage Hotel was old and historic with lots of wood and charm. It made us feel like we were right there in Deadwood, swearing and fucking around with the hookers.

In Egypt, we stuck with the idea of bringing a series with us. And since they still haven’t written a show called Egypt, we decided on Rome. The best part was Caesar coming to Alexandria near the end of the first season. Not long after we finished watching Season One, we made a trip to Dendera where we saw the only known carvings of Cleopatra and her son Caesarian. Life imitating art imitating TV imitating life, perhaps?

For the long desert car rides, I actually spent a great deal of time just staring out the window watching the scenery go by and waving at children (they LOVE to wave in Egypt). It’s great because you never know what kinds of life snippets you might catch. Donkey carts piled high with sugar cane awaiting their turns outside of a sugar factory. A man swatting a little boy on the back of the head for no good reason. Women walking arm and arm wearing colorful hijabs on their way to the market. My most disturbing sight though was when we were on our way to the Dashur and Saqqara pyramid groupings and I found myself staring directly into the decaying anus of a horse left to rot in the canal running along the side of the road. Ew! And you know that not 30 seconds later, I saw someone sticking a bucket down in the very same canal for what I assume would soon be drinking water. That’s when it’s good to have something else to look at.

Right before my trip I splurged and bought a video iPod. I felt guilty at the time, but not for too long because it ended up really coming in handy. Besides being able to access music and shows, I was able to upload a bunch of my photographs to save space on my CF card. Mostly though, I used it to watch one of my favorite shows, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.

(Season One is now available for download)
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Season 1

I’m sorry, I love to travel and even when I’m traveling I can’t help dreaming about traveling some more. In fact, when Travel Boyfriend proposed in Luxor, my first thought was, “Awesome! Where are we going to honeymoon?!” Of course, he pointed out that we were already on vacation and maybe we could hold off on that decision until we at least got back home. I didn’t really see his point.

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So what kind of entertainment do you bring when you travel? Are there certain places where you like watching certain things? Madagascarin Madagascar? Lostin the South Pacific? Clue us in to some of your favorites in the comments section.

Tags: Egypt · Namibia · Pop Culture · South Africa · Travel Gear

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  • 2 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Zan // Sep 26, 2007 at 10:06 am

      I guess I am just a bit weird. I have to have John Waters movies with me when I travel. They make me laugh so hard and no matter how many times I’ve seen them I can always watch them again. My other option is Nip/Tuck. I get sucked into the storylines every time. Plus, it does not hurt that there are so many seasons out on DVD.

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    • 2 Travel Betty // Sep 26, 2007 at 10:41 am

      I love John Waters too! Might get a few stares though in the more moderate countries :)

      Haven’t seen Nip/Tuck, but you’ve got me intrigued, Zan.

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