Travel tips from the movies

Joy Jonette Chuyaco - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - Traveling is such a fun thing to do. As long as you have the budget, the right travel companions (although some people would prefer to travel alone) and the perfect weather, you will surely have a trip to remember. But before you go ahead and take that journey, try to consider these travel tips from the movies. They could be of help in one way or another.

Hostel. This film and its sequels tell stories about how groups of friends enjoying a trip and looking for adventures end up being in torture dens. Tip: If you are in a new place with strangers, please, please try not to be wasted! You don’t wanna end up in some strange, scary and “yucky” place holding on to your dear life.

Vacancy. A couple checks into a cheap and isolated motel, and quickly realizes that they are not safe in the room after all. They are the main casts of a new snuff film. Tip: If you feel that there is something wrong with the place you’re staying in, trust your instinct. There are websites that carry feedback on places to stay. Make use of it.

Taken. It all starts when a girl and her friend innocently share a taxi with a charming young man. What seems to be a friendly gesture turns out to be an abduction plan. Well, not to worry, Super Dad is on the way. Tip: When traveling, don’t be too friendly. Also, don’t be tricked by good looks and angelic faces. They can be the most effective tools in fooling people.

Eat, Pray, Love. After her divorce, Elizabeth feels lost and confused. She travels and hopes that her trip will help her find the answer. Tip: Have you ever tried solo traveling? If it is possible, it is sometimes good to travel on your own and have that time for yourself — to reflect about life, to discover new things, to recharge drained energy and more.

Lost in Translation. An American celebrity shooting for a commercial in Japan is at a loss with the foreign culture and language. He meets an attractive lady and starts a friendship. Together, they take an adventure in getting to know the country. Tip: If you are going to a place that speaks a language or dialect you don’t know, then at least learn the basics. It will help you get by a lot easier, plus the locals are sure to appreciate your hard work.

Hangover. A group of male friends heads off to Las Vegas for some parties and wild nights. After enjoying themselves, they are in trouble. Problem is, they can’t remember anything that happened. Tip: There is nothing wrong with having fun, especially when you’re with your buddies. However, everything should still be under control. That means being responsible. You don’t want to get through what these guys in the film went through.

The Hitcher. A couple on a road trip takes in a hitch-hiker only to realize shortly that they have made a wrong decision. Now, they have to fight for their lives in order to escape from him. Tip: It is, of course, not bad to help someone in need but don’t forget your own safety. If you feel that something is amiss, then probably it is so.

The Bucket List. Two men in their senior years meet at a hospital and begin a friendship. Learning that they are terminally ill, they make a list of things to do before the end comes. One is taking a trip somewhere. Tip: This is especially right for those who have the budget. While, for most people, it may be impossible to travel the whole world, setting some goals of where to go would be great. It gives you something new and exciting to look forward to.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Kevin McCallister does it again! After spending the holidays alone in his house, now he is once again all by his lonesome in New York and the reason is: He is too busy with his gadget. Tip: For the kids, please don’t get too busy with your gadgets, especially while out on a walk or even on a tour. You don’t want to get lost like Kevin — it may not be as exciting and fun like what was shown in the movie.

Wrong Turn. A man gets lost in the way and finds himself in the company of youngsters stuck on the road. Together, they explore the woods for help. However, this may not be a good idea as there is something (or rather someone) hunting in the woods. Tip: When the road looks weird or the signs seem suspicious, then don’t proceed. It may be a road you wish you have never taken.

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