Vacations are the BEST, work/school/real life is the WORST. Though summer comes to an unofficial end on Tuesday, take a cue from these television vacations and get started on next year’s plans early. These aren’t necessarily relegated to only summer vacations, just trips that make us want to go to there bad.
30 Rock: Cleveland
Hit the streets of C-Town, where everyone is a model and your self-esteem will soar. Floyd said it best: “If the whole world moved to their favorite vacation spots, then the whole world would live in Hawaii and Italy and Cleveland.”
I imagine every beach house is flooded with sand, like the house the Friends gang head to in Long Island. And if it’s not, DIY time, guys. Remember to avoid the jellyfish, unless you’re ready to REALLY bond with your friends.
Full House: Hawaii
Of the many shows to descend on this archipelago, Full House’s adventure is the one that sticks out the most in my mind (sorry, The Brady Bunch). Getting lost on an island is the best bonding experience. Make sure you leave the clipboard of fun at home, though.
Gilmore Girls: New England
Bed and breakfasts are the bread and butter of New England, as the Gilmores know. The more kitsch, the better, and make sure there’s at least one grumpy cat and lots of group activities with curious guests.
Glee: New York
Back when Glee was still good, the New Directioners lived up the musical theater life in New York, taking in Broadway performances, strolling through Central Park, and dinner at Sardi’s.
Avoid a lonely New Year’s by planning a spur of the moment trip to China. Try to hunt down the Yangtze River and hang out with the locals, even if you don’t know what the heck they’re saying.
The OC: Tijuana, Mexico
Party like true OCers and road trip down to Tijuana (with diner stops and true love confessions along the way), where you can make out with other people’s boyfriends, like Holly did with Marissa’s boyfriend Luke.
The Adventures of Pete & Pete: Hoover Dam
The great American road trip, where you race and compete against other cars and fall in love with strangers after happenstance glances Life isn’t worth living if you don’t have a goal. Just ask Don Wrigley, who’ll take care of all that nasty packing.
The Sopranos: Italy
The only way to experience Italy is with the mafia, like Tony and the gang did. Food, wine, and touring landmarks with capos. That’s the way to do it (assuming you don’t mind breaking about a million laws and you’re kind of evil and…).
Nadia Chaudhury still needs to plan her honeymoon.