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20 travel movies to get you through quarantine

Got cabin fever? Take a fictional trip and live vicariously through these movies. While most of us are staying at home when possible, it doesn’t have to feel that way. Here’s a list of movies to watch when you need that extra dose of travel and adventure without actually leaving the house.

Crazy Rich Asians 

Where you can watch it: Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Youtube

What its about: Join Rachel Chu and her fiance as they travel from New York to Singapore to visit his family. With a star-studded cast, immaculate costumes and setting, over the top drama, and the adventure of a lifetime, you can say less!

What a Girl Wants

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime, and Google Play

What its about: An early 2000s rom com with Amanda Bynes on a journey to find her estranged British father, gain a sense of identity, and find love and adventure along the way. 

Black Panther

Where you can watch it; Disney+, Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s aout: Okay, we all know Wakanda isn’t even a real place, but don’t we wish it was? Join T’Challa and his journey to becoming leader of Wakanda and exploring his purpose as the Black Panther

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Where you can watch it: Netflix and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: This is a Hindi film so yes, you’ll be reading subtitles, but it’s worth it! Its about three best friends who go on a bachelor party trip to Spain. This movie is full of love, laughter, personal growth, and some fire music you’ll definitely want to dance to.

Sisterhood of the Travelling pants

Where you can watch it: Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Youtube

What its about: Okay, I used to think this movie was corny too, but rewatching it as an adult, it’s such a touching film with an authentic portrayal of girlhood and coming of age. Not to mention, Lena’s trip to Greece is such a dream vacation. 

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Where you can watch it: Disney+, Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: An absolute c l a s s i c. You may not be able to study abroad this semester, but at least you can live vicariously through Lizzie McGuire as she lives a double life during her summer trip to Italy.


Where you can watch it: Hulu, Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: This movie isn’t as light hearted as the other movies on this list, but is still an excellent film that chronicles wealth disparity in South Korea and very much deserved the Oscar for “Best International Film”.

Spiderman Far From Home

Where you can watch it: Disney+, Amazon Prime, Starz, and Hulu

What it’s about: Zendaya. That’s all the reason you need to watch this movie. But if that’s not enough you also have your friendly neighborhood spiderman and the gang going on adventures in europe!

Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement

Where you can watch it: Disney+, Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: A young Anne Hathaway andChris Pine go from enemies to lovers as they  challenge antiquated royalty laws in the beloved state of Genovia… need I say more?


Where you can watch it: Netflix

What it’s about: A woman in her 30s, on the brink of her life falling apart, goes on a trip to Mexico with her friends to delete a drunk email she sent to her boyfriend. If you’re a fan of New Girl, you’ll love seeing Nasim Pedrad and Lamorne Morris in this movie. Not to mention, the drone shots of the beaches in Mexico were breathtaking.


Where you can watch it: Netflix

What it’s about: Tigertail highlights the generational divide between a Taiwanese immigrant father and his first generation American daughter. In this movie, you’re taken back and forth between the father’s youth in Taiwan, his immigrant journey to America, and his current life after his children have grown and started their own families. 

Monte Carlo

Where you can watch it: Hulu, HBO, Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: Another underrated feature, Monte Carlo has a similar storyline to the Lizzie Mcguire movie but is a bit more realistic. In this feel-good movie, three girls go on a trip to Paris and find love, adventure, closure, and purpose.


Where you can watch it: Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: Based on the autobiography of Saroo Brierly, a man who was lost from his family in India as a child, was adopted by an Australian couple, and sets out to find his family years later as an adult. The story is gripping, emotional, and really comes alive with the amazing Dev Patel’s portrayal of Saroo.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: An 1980s classic with Harrison Ford, go on an archaeological adventure with Indiana Jones!

Cheetah Girls 2

Where you can watch it: Disney+, Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: The Cheetah Girls, an American ICON of the early 2000s and a sequel that didn’t disappoint! Their trip to Barcelona was full of BOPS, adventures, and friendship.

Love Rosie

Where you can watch it: Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: Lily Collins and Sam Claflin excel in a film set in the UK and Boston which tells the story of Alex and Rosie, lifelong friends, who spend their lives searching for their true love: each other.

The Hangover

Where you can watch it: Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: Another 2000s classic. Combining Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, with Zach Galifianakis, and introducing Ken Jeong onto the comedy scene produced an iconic comedy about a bachelor trip gone wild.

The Karate Kid

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime

What it’s about: The original and the remake are both amazing and either are worth the watch. But if you’re a fan of Jackie chan, Jaden Smith, the song “Never Say Never” by Justin Bieber, and you’d rather take the journey from Detroit to Beijing (instead of New Jersey to California in the original), then the 2010 remake is the one for you.

Queen of Katwe

Where you can watch it: Disney+, Youtube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime 

What it’s about: This biopic showcases Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess player, and her amazing journey becoming an international chess champion. We love to see it! (Of course, we also love to see Lupita Nyong’o) 

Nacho libre

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Youtube

What it’s about: Another underrated childhood movie with Jack Black playing an aspiring luchador while working as a cook at a church in Mexico. And I promise you, there’s tons of jokes that probably went over your head as a kid.

The Stuck-at-home playlist

Here we are. Four months into quarantine and so much has happened. We’ve been witness to one of the biggest civil rights movements to date. We have seen celebrity breakups and tragic paparazzi photos (Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello…I’m looking at you.) But, we have also learned a lot about each other. Through the power of social media, especially Tik Tok, it’s as if we are going through this pandemic as a community consisting of Gen Z and millennials. 

Music has definitely been an outlet for most people these days. With the rise of Tik Tok, lots of undiscovered artists are being…well, discovered. With summer in full swing, I took it upon myself to share some music I’ve enjoyed since March. When it comes to making a playlist, I find myself trying to justify each song and why they belong there. This time, I’ll group a few songs together to save you some time. You’re welcome.

Songs I’ve Stolen From Tik Tok

Frank Ocean is finally getting the recognition he deserves. I urge you to check out all of his music if you haven’t already. Now, let me blow your mind. When I found out that Djo was actually a stage name for Joe Keery, I basically ran to Apple Music to listen and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. — tighten this up (shorten) if you can

Chateau (Feel Alright) -Djo

Roddy -Djo

Peach Trees -Ax and the Hatchetman 

In My Room -Frank Ocean

Lost- Frank Ocean

Songs To Get You Moving During Quarantine 

Quarantine has forced most of us to slow down and, as a result, sit down. I’ve seen so many tips and routines on social media for working out– but a killer workout playlist is an obvious must. Here are a few of my favorite songs to workout to while contemplating what type of bread I’ll bake later:

E.T. -Katy Perry ft. Kanye West

Savage Remix -Megan Thee Stallion ft Beyonce

After Party -Don Toliver

Tokyo Drifting -Glass Animals & Denzel Curry

Songs From Some of My Favorite Black Artists

#BlackVoicesMatter, always. 

Sober -Childish Gambino (one of my favorite beat drops literally ever)

Anything from Kid Cudi!

Blinding My Vision -K. Roosevelt

Time Machine -Willow Smith

American Boyfriend -Kevin Abstract 

Shea Butter Baby -Ari Lennox & J. Cole

Ex -Kiana Ledé

Songs For The Vibes

I firmly believe everyone needs a vibe playlist. Yeah, you can call me basic but when you think about it, every person’s vibe playlist is different. So here’s my challenge for you: start making your vibe playlist that fits your unique taste and personality. Once quarantine is over and we are able to see our friends, share your playlist with them. It’s a fun way to discover new music and get to know your friends a little better.

suburban wonderland -BETWEEN FRIENDS

All of their music is top notch. No skips. 

A Kiss -The Driver Era

Fun fact: Ross Lynch is half of the duo that is The Driver Era. I’ll let that sink in. 

Games -Lennon Stella

Her voice was 100% sent from God. 

Moral of the Story -Ashe ft Niall Horan

That 1D stan forever part of me will support Niall no matter what but this song? A banger. A sad one, but a banger nonetheless. 

Remedy -Surfaces

Summertime -Verzache

Beige -Yoke Lore

Mind Games -Verzache

Your Love (Deja Vu) -Glass Animals

newly released! So good that it’s criminal!

Songs From a Few of My All-Time Favorite Artists

If I had to choose a few artists that I go to when I feel like all odds are against me, Harry Styles and Mac Miller are at the top of the list. These are some songs that remind me there will be better days, best listened to at the highest of volume:

Best Day Ever -Mac Miller

Fine Line -Harry Styles

I’m Full -Wallows

Thanks for sticking with me. Let us know if you take a listen!

Artist to watch: Briscoe

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Wong

UT freshman geology student Philip Lupton and San Antonio high school senior Truett Heintzelman’s friendship started the summer of 2016 when they met at Laity Lodge Youth Camp. What started as a compliment on each other’s chacos turned into a friendship rooted by their love of music. 

“Throughout those two weeks [at camp], Philip took his travel guitar out and we realized we could both sing half decently,” said Heintzelman, reminiscing on one of the first songs they sang together– The Head and the Heart’s “River and Roads.”

After starting a YouTube channel his junior year and creating new music, Lupton decided to go all in.

“During my senior year, I recorded a four song EP and released it under the name Briscoe so that later, I could incorporate other people into the band instead of just releasing it under my name,” said Lupton, further explaining that Briscoe originated from his grandfather’s middle name and was almost his first name. 

After securing a few shows for Briscoe on his own, Lupton proceeded to invite Heintzelman to come perform with him. At this point, they were pretty much a band but did not exclusively label it, according to Lupton.

“We’d known each other for quite a few years at that point and it was like, I wanted to do it,” Lupton said. “The only reason we didn’t start together was because we live in different cities and we were both in high school so it would’ve been very difficult.”

“Once I got into college and we started playing more and more shows, we recorded “Sailing Away” together over this past Christmas Break and then it was kind of an official thing,” he continues.

The Briscoe boys, heavily influenced by Josh Turner Guitar and Rayland Baxter, have a hard time categorizing their sound. According to Lupton, the writing they have been doing together lends itself a lot more to the folk side but still, their sound varies.

“When people ask me, I usually just say Americana,” Heintzelman adds. “I know that it’s not very specific but just because it encompasses so many aspects– a lot of the folk side, rock, indie and even some country influences as well.”

Briscoe released their first song, “Sailing Away,” as a pair on March 4. Although the song is newly released, Lupton has been working on it since his junior year when the pair wrote the chorus together. After making a few changes to the song senior year, Lupton finally released the song alongside Heintzelman.

 “Whenever Truett and I were looking for a song to record to try to make the ‘Truett and Philip’ Briscoe, “Sailing Away” was our number one,” Lupton said. “We revamped it and released it.”

In regards to their future, Briscoe has a few plans up their sleeves. According to Heintzelman, the pair talk about it often and he admires Philip who is a crazy dreamer and tends to have “midnight madness episodes,” claiming Philip is just what they need to take them all the way.

“We’ve always said that we will see where this thing goes and no matter what, we are gonna have fun with it,” Heintzelman said. “With the way things are going, the streams are pretty solid and the shirts and covers and all that, I feel like we are building up a name for ourselves. Our plan is to make some moves in the next couple of months and hopefully record an album and get that out around summertime.”

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Wong

As we all know, COVID-19 has made life interesting, uncertain and a bit scary to say the least. As most musicians are doing during this time, Philip and Truett have spent time focusing their efforts into the band by songwriting, selling merch and keeping active on social media. 

“I would say between the two of us, we have been making a lot of music and we have spent probably over 24 hours on Facetime together,” Lupton said. “I write music so much better when I’m at home and I just have spare time. I’m just constantly playing music, writing stuff and then sending it to Truett and vice versa.”

Briscoe has been posting weekly covers consisting of artists like Kacey Musgraves, Mt. Joy, Shakey Graves and John Prine on IGTV. For some great vibes and a quick study break, check Briscoe out on Instagram at @briscoe.band. 

Our gift to you– a playlist consisting of all things Briscoe as well as Philip and Truett’s top picks. Enjoy. 

Vote Briscoe for Austin artist of the month!


Quarantine Q&A:

What’s your go-to quarantine snack/meal? (They seemed rather stumped on this one…too many choices.)

P: Bratwurst because they have a bunch leftover from when his family first made them. He comments how it’s “like that scene in Forrest Gump where they’re talking about all the types of ways to cook shrimp.”

T: The frozen section at HEB with all of the frozen mini tacos and chicken nuggets…all that good stuff

Any new tv series you’ve been watching? Recommendations? 

P: Not much of a Netflix person…simple guy

T: Tiger King… “You can’t look away, it’s madness. If you took the most creative writers and producers and directors in the entire world and sat them in a room, they couldn’t come up with something half as crazy as that show. “