Friday, June 17, 2011

Adventure travelers - find your inner couch potato

Lust for travel isn't a 9 to 5 kind of thing - for me, it's 24-7, as they say. But packing up and heading out on a vacation at any time of the day on any particular day usually doesn't work because:

1. even the simplest trip takes at least some planning
2. not everyone in the family enjoys packing as much as I do (my shaving kit is always ready to go at a moment's notice...)
3. uh, I've got this work thing I need to show up for
4. your kids' teachers seem really fussy about when your kids are gone weeks at a time (likely has something to do with the only being able to travel at peak periods when airlines max out their prices and change your reservation more times than Lindsay Lohan has court appearances)

So for those times when you have that travel bug, but really can't get away, here are some travel movies to 'get you in the mood'. Outside Magazine, one of my favourite reads, recently posted an on-line article with the best 5 adventure travel movies ever made. I'm not sure they all would have made my list (believe it or not, there is NO reference to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure or Ferris Bueller's Day Off - so so sad). But there does seem to be some quality choices there that might actually satisfy that inner yearning to be far far away.

So tonight, if you wish you were jetting off to cycle through the alps in France, or to ride the class 4 rapids on the Bow River in Alberta, maybe these movies will help quench that thirst, couch-potato style. All from the comfort of your own living room, with no passport or full body cavity search required.

Travel on Ted...

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