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Feeling exotic: If you plan on going to somewhere in South East Asia then you can’t look further than Leonardo Di Caprio’s blockbuster ‘The Beach’. I first read the book, which is leaps and bounds better than the film, however the movie has grown on me, especially when I really got into travelling. The idea of escaping it all to a tropical paradise, and to forget the 9-5 and the cost of rent was something that will have the mind floating away.

Flights: Just about to jump on a plane? Not too scared of flights? Why not tuck into ‘Airplane’, easily one of the greatest comedies of all time, if not the greatest. As the entire plane falls ill with food poisoning, including the pilots, the passengers must work out how to land the plane, with painfully funny scenes.

You could be really evil and play at full volume ‘snakes on a plane’ while taking your flight, I know that’s what I would do!

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Halloween: I’m not a huge horror fan, however you always feel inclined to jump out of your skin once a year when October draws to a close. Watching Scream (1,2 or 3) is a good bet, while the first Final Fantasy is normally enough to freak us all out. However I still love to end a night of horror films with ‘Scary Movie’, completely taking the mick out of every production we have just viewed.

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Winter holidays: If you’re hoping to pick a classic to watch while snuggled up on the sofa with hot chocolate in hand, Tom Hanks really delivered with the Polar Express. Don’t get me wrong, this film is not by far the best animation film, with Finding Nemo, Ice Age and Shrek eclipsing this film into the shadows. However, there is something about Polar Express that makes you feel warm inside when it’s cold outdoors.

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Another film around Christmas time which seems to be able to do this is ‘Father Christmas’ by Raymond Briggs, leaving you laughing throughout at his ‘bloomin Christmas’.

While in the Christmas spirit, no winter holiday is complete without watching ‘Home Alone’. It’s sad to see he hasn’t really continued his acting career, however Home Alone has become a Bourlet family ritual in our household. It is worth mentioning that after the first one they really do get worse!

Everyone who knows me well knows what a big fan of Will Ferrell I am, from the moment I watched Anchor Man. Elf kept this respect for the godly actor going, and is easily the funniest christmas film you can see this year!

I will end with one more Christmas film, the relatively new ‘Bad Santa’ is a great one for the slightly older audience (don’t show the kids), offering a very different perception to what Christmas films are normally based on.

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If you are going on a long hike and you feel like going alone, have a quick watch of 127 hours to creep yourself out. Ironically, this film did actually inspire me to go out and try hiking somewhere, as the sense of freedom he had (before his arm was torn to shreds) was unbelievable. One film that is popular with travellers, yet I didn’t overly enjoy, is ‘Into the wild’. This film is based on a true story, about someone who went travelling and bit off more than they could chew. If anything, it showed me to have limits, then again, the idea of living on my own scares the hell out of me!

 

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What is your favourite film to watch before travelling or going on a holiday?

Written by | tombourlet

Tom Bourlet is the creator of Spaghetti Traveller and has been addicted to travelling ever since taking a roadtrip across the USA.

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