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My 11 Favourite Travel-Related TV Episodes

Excellent news for those of us who love television: the US networks are about a week away from premiering many of our favourite shows for another season. I’m personally looking forward to Masters of Sex Season 4 and I’m still waiting for M.’s return from Europe so we can start Stranger Things.

In honour of the most wonderful time of the year, I’ve rounded up 11 (couldn’t stop at just 10!) of the best travel-related episodes of my favourite TV shows, as well as their real-life locations that are officially on my travel bucket list.

Friends – Season 4, Episode 23: The One With Ross’s Wedding

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The gang head to London to see Ross get married, leaving a pregnant Phoebe and heartbroken Rachel behind. While Chandler and Joey explore London and get on each others’ nerves, Rachel decides to fly to the wedding to tell Ross she loves him. A classic!

Best Quote

Monica: “You guys, hurry up! The flight leaves in four hours! It could take time to get a taxi! There could be traffic! The plane could leave early! When we get to London there could be a line at customs! COME ON!”

Chandler: “Six hour trip to London– that’s a lot of Monica.”

Real-Life Location: London, baby!

Bonus Episode: Season 5, Episode 23: The One In Vegas, where they take advantage of all the casinos have to offer: gambling, breakfast buffet and mini-bars included.

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“No one expects you to bring them something”: Souvenirs to buy on a budget

Souvenirs– when to buy them, how much to spend on them, where to pack them in an already-full bag, even whether to get them at all– they’re one of those tricky aspects of travel that everyone does differently.

I’m the kind of traveller who has high hopes of buying something amazing for every single person I know yet is brought crashing down to earth when I realize that I’ve already spent all my money on my own adventures.

M. is the best at balancing me out in these times. On our last trip, he said to me, “No one expects you to bring them anything.”

He’s right! No one does expect anything, so there’s no point in trying to meet expectations of lavish gifts that no one actually has. Our friends and family know us– they know we travel fast, cheap, and light, and they know we often have to ship their presents across oceans once we do buy anything for them.

But when we really want to buy a little something for a close friend or family member– and we do, because exploring little markets and souvenir shops is part of the adventure for us– what kind of things can be bought that won’t break the bank or the backpack?

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Save Money for Travel: Get Your Friends Involved

We live in a vibrant, urban area in a country that prides itself on delicious food, wine, and coffee. We’re foodies who appreciate a good drink (alcoholic, caffeinated, or otherwise), so it can be difficult to avoid the temptation of trying a new café, restaurant, or bar several times a week.

But when you’re saving for travel, every bit counts. (more…)