A Geek’s Holiday Gift Guide

A Geek’s Holiday Gift Guide 

I love the holidays and I love giving gifts, but it can also be stressful, especially if you have a tight budget or the person has “particular taste”. So that’s where I come in! I’ve created a travel holiday gift guide to help you master the holiday season versus staying hidden in a dungeon.

A Geek's Travel Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Scratch off world map so you can scratch off all the places you’ve been
  2. Make sure no one suspects you’re hiding droids with this Star Wars luggage tag
  3. Be a professional photographer with this phone lens kit
  4. Be a hero by bringing a collapsible water bottle to the airport
  5. GoPro Hero 6, one of my favorite cameras to capture life’s adventures
  6. There’s no wonder why Ready Player One is becoming a movie, it’s an amazing read!
  7. Pocket size Totoro umbrellas are perfect to carry when traveling
  8. Keep your chargers and cords organized with this Star Wars zip bag
  9. Tote around loot in this stylish Disney canvas bag
  10. This Bombshells passport cover makes a statement
  11. Connect Lego key chains on bags or keys
  12. One of my favorite travel companions, the Popsocket!
  13. Have a carry on that says you love the 90s with this Nickelodeon bag
  14. Drown out the noise around you and only sense the force with some Star Wars headphones
  15. Create a masterpiece with the Surface Pro

Now kick back, relax and drink some hot coco you filthy animal.

Helping Northern California

Not all road trips are a vacation or for pleasure, sometimes life smacks you in the face and you need to help others. On October 8th devastation and chaos would soon sweep over Northern California, Sonoma County and the people that live there. Thousands of structures like homes and businesses were burned to the ground. There was little notice for people to evacuate let alone grab valuables or clothes.

Waking up to see the lose this community had endured made me want to help in any way I could. I drove 10 hours to Santa Rosa to donate the goods I had collected. I dropped the collected items at a local donation warehouse and took a dozen teddy bears to the Sonoma County Fair Grounds for the families that had to evacuate.

There is such a strong community there and it was amazing seeing them come together in a time of need. There were overpasses with signs thanking the first responders and all those helping, it truly made me smile. 

A huge Thank You! goes to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country, for hosting me and supporting my journey. They took in a lot of fire victims and also collected donations. They really have a wonderful caring team which made everyone feel welcomed.

If you would like to help Northern California or those in need…
https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation they also accept monetary donations via phone by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999

#SonomaStrong #HelpingNorthernCalifornia

The Ongoing List of Travel Movies

One of the best ways to inspire you to travel or go on an adventure is watching flicks where they go to amazing destinations. So here is my ongoing list of travel movies I recommend, be sure to add your favorites in the comments below!

Almost Famous

Image via DreamWorks

One of my favorites! 15 year old, William is hired by Rolling Stone Magazine to tour and write a piece about up and coming band, Stillwater.

Amelie

Image via Miramax

Amélie is a waitress at a Parisian café who wants to make those around her happy.

Away We Go

Image via Focus Features

Parents to be (Maya Rudolph & John Krasinski) travel across America to find the perfect place to raise their family.

Back To The Future

Image via Universal Pictures

No matter which one you watch from the trilogy you’re in for an adventure with Marty and Doc Brown.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Image via Orion

Alex Winter & Keanu Reeves play a couple of high school buddies wanting to start a band but risk the failure of their history class which means Ted would be sent to Military school. I mean, adventure is in the name. This movie gives you a history lesson and great quotes.

The Bucket List

Image via Warner Bros. Pictures

Two strangers (Morgan Freeman & Jack Nicholson) meet in a hospital where they share the same room and decide to complete their bucket lists before their time is up.

Catch Me If You Can

Image via DreamWorks

The chase is on around the world to catch Frank Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio)

Chef

Image via Open Road Films

I love Jon Favreau! I swear the DMV instructor who tested me when I was 16 is his body double. Anyways….this is about Chef Carl (Favreau) and his passion for food. With the help of his best friend and son they fix up a food truck and travel across the country delivering cubanos.

Eat, Pray, Love

Image via Sony Pictures Entertainment

Liz played by the beautiful Julia Roberts, is on a quest of self-discovery which has her taking a trip of a lifetime.

Euro Trip

Image via Paramount

In this comedy Scott is on a quest across Europe to find his pen pal Mieke.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Image via Universal Pictures

Jason Segel plays Peter, a musician who recently got dumped by Sarah played by Kristen Bell. He escapes to Hawaii to get over her only to find she’s there with her new beau.

Goonies

Image via Warner Bros. Pictures

The ultimate adventure movie about a group of friends looking for lost treasure.

Homeward Bound

Image via Disney

In this family favorite an American bulldog, golden retriever and cat take a thrilling journey to get back home.

Indiana Jones

Image via Paramount

Dr. Jones! An adventuring archaeologist, need I say more?

Into the Wild

Image via Paramount

This soul searching movie is about Christopher played by Emile Hirsch, letting go of possessions and exploring the wilderness.

Just Go With It

Image via Columbia Pictures

A comedy about Danny (Adam Sandler) trying to win over young Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) by lying to her about his fake family with Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) takes them to Hawaii.

Lord of The Rings

Image via New Line Cinema

An epic journey to destroy One Ring

Lost in Translation

Image via Universal Studios

Two lonely strangers meet in Tokyo, Japan and share an unlikely bond.

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Image via Disney

A witch in training has to move to a seaside town where she starts a courier service.

Midnight in Paris

Image via Sony Pictures

Gil played by Owen Wilson is a screenwriter and aspiring novelist vacationing in Paris when he seems to be swept back in time to the 1920’s

The Muppet Movie

Image via Disney

Kermit the Frog meets some friends on his journey from Florida to California to pursue a movie career.

National Lampoon’s Vacation

Image via Warner Bros

Hilarious comedy about Clark (Chevy Chase) trying to take his family on a vacation.

National Treasure

Image via Disney

Some people really don’t like Nicolas Cage but no matter your feelings I suggest watching this movie. A take on Indiana Jones if you ask me, a journey to find treasure and unveil the truth in history.

PS I love You

Image via Warner Brothers

A bit of a tear jerker, Holly played by Hilary Swank is set on different tasks left by her deceased husband played by Gerard Butler.

Roman Holiday

Image via Paramount Pictures

European Princess played by Audrey Hepburn takes a night off in Rome from her goodwill tour.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Image via 20th Century Fox

Walter (Ben Stiller) is a day dreamer set to find the missing picture needed to print in Life Magazine by going on an adventure of his own

Seeking a friend for the end of the world

Image via Mandate Pictures

Two neighbors played by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley embark on a journey as the world is ending.

Stand by Me

Image via Sony Pictures

Four friends set out to find a dead body.

Trains, Planes & Automobiles

Image via Paramount

A comedy staring Steve Martin and John Candy who get stuck with each other as they try to get home for the holidays

Under the Tuscan Sun

Image via Touchstone

What starts out as a tour of Italy turns into Frances (Diane Lane) purchasing a Tuscan villa.

UP

Image via Disney Pixar

Carl is set out to fulfill his life long dream when he’s surprised with a tag along named Russell.

Up in the air

Image via Paramount

Ryan played by George Clooney, fly’s around the world firing people, but he has a new co-worker traveling with him played by Anna Kendrick.

The Way

Image via Icon Entertainment

A story about a man (Martin Sheen) who travels to France to collect the remains of his son (Emilio Estevez) ends up finishing the journey his son was on.

Wild

Image viz 20th Century Fox

Cheryl played by Reese Witherspoon, set’s out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone.

How To Create A Travel Journal


Time travel is a tricky thing, this is why River Song keeps a diary – to keep everything in order. Because I’m a fan of actually remembering my trips, I keep travel journal! Sorry The Silence, won’t work this time.  I’ve created journals for certain trips, other journals for that years travels in general.

This is a great way to jot down those special details that you can share with family, looking at you Dr. Jones Sr. Also a great way to display all those little papers that end up in a shoe box or junk drawer. However , I must warn you not to place a fragment of your soul in them to create a horcrux, because you know, bad things.

First thing you need is something to write in. You can easily pick up a journal at a store like Target or Michaels, some specifically made for travel or you can make one yourself. Because I collect so much on my trips, I will get a 3 inch binder and cut down paper to size.

I don’t take a huge binder with me on my trip, so I collect items that are accessible to me and add them in later!

-Things to add to a journal-

  • Checklists: stuff to pack, places to see etc.
  • A map of the locations you’re visiting. You can even mark your travel journey
  • Sketch or draw things you see, doors are really an easy thing to draw quickly
  • Collect stamps or mail yourself postcards from that location. I love doing this and writing my days adventure on the postcard. It may take longer to get to me depending on where it’s sent but it’s a nice surprise in the mail
  • Receipts and tickets
  • Local stickers or small embellishment like pressed pennies
  • Things that create pockets like coffee collars, envelopes you find in hotels stationary kits
  • Speaking of, I like to use the hotel stationary to recap the day and them tape or glue it into my journal later
  • Photos!
  • or simply just words

Get creative! You can add anything you want, these are your memories. Share how you keep all your travel memories in the comments below.

The Pilot

Have you ever been on a vacation, just get home and feel sad for weeks after? Yup, that’s how I felt when returning from our London/Paris trip. So instead of moping around I decided to turn my passion for travel and geeky pop culture into this site.

Hang out with me in your fandom pajamas while I share some rad places I’ve seen and explored. We can take a break when there’s new Netflix shows to binge or it’s opening night of a movie we’ve been waiting to see for months. For me it’s usually Disney and Marvel movies, which I also love talking about.