Travel With Bender

Uncovering the best family holidays

Family Tips

How To Throw A Movie Night When You're On The Road

The reality of being a frequent traveller is I’m often away from home. 

Many times I'm with my son, but other times I am not. Either way, when we are home together, It’s always nice to take a moment to sit down, invite a few friends over and relax. And what better way than with a movie night? 


Choosing the Right Movie

Movie night can be a total flop if you don't pick the right film. This can be a great opportunity to watch something set in a destination that's on your family’s bucket list or a destination that intrigues you. Plus, a film can motivate your kids to want to travel more. Just think of all the inspirational films made in breathtaking locations. It only takes one spark to ignite a child's fire to explore the world! 

Recently we ditched the laptops and tablets, grabbed the brand new Surf's Up 2: Wave Mania and rounded up the kids for a night of toys, popcorn and fun. I love the adventurous spirit of this movie as the animated characters journey to a mysterious surf spot known as “The Trenches”, where, legend has it, they’ll find the biggest waves in the world. And while I’m not chasing any giant waves (yet), I do chase adventure when I travel! Plus, there’s cute penguins. Awwww!


How to Throw a Movie Night

Throwing a movie night is probably one of the easiest and stress-free things you can do with kids. All you need is a popular title, a bowl of popcorn, a few cool toys and a comfy space. If you really want to get them going, throw in a few glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces.

And don’t forget to enjoy a glass of wine for yourself! Wink


How to Throw a Movie Night When You're on the Road

While spending quality family time at home is important, bringing a little slice of home on your travels can make the journey smoother and easier for youngsters and adults alike. Throwing a movie night when you're on the road is easy, requires relatively little space, and can be a great backup for a rainy day. Plus, save a pretty penny avoiding the expensive cinema experience.

If you're spending time in an Airbnb or vacation apartment, then you can bring a DVD or Blu-ray disc. But, if you're staying in a hotel it pays to be digitally prepared. You can use a Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick and stream a film to your hotel TV, or watch a film on your laptop. I personally use my wireless smart projector, but you certainly don't need one to achieve a successful movie night on the road.

Bring along some toys (glow in the dark stuff is fun) and make a little microwave popcorn (or buy a bag if the room doesn't have a microwave). Viola! Movie night on the road!

And movie nights are a great introduction to a new location. I know Erin and her family watched “The Sound of Music”  the night before they visited the film locations in Salzburg, Austria.

In the same way, “Surf’s Up” has me dreaming of a Hawaii getaway this winter!


The Bottom Line

It’s easy to get caught up in the grind of everyday life. Making time for family is important. That’s why we decided to make movie night smack in the middle of the week. It gives us a chance to come together in the middle of the madness. And coming together, if only for a couple hours, means staying close to the ones you love... and fantasising about your next travel adventure.

Surfs Up 2: WaveMania on DVD & Digital released on January 17th 2017. Get it at Amazon, Walmart or iTunes

Want more like this?

Get our latest blog posts delivered to your inbox each week jam-packed with expert travel advice:
Write a comment...
(Your email will not be publicly displayed.)
Find more posts by tag:

Reader FAQs:

Question: How do you get reliable Internet access when travelling overseas?

Answer: We use Tep Wireless. Read our review for more details...

More FAQs...


Get The Latest Blog Posts

There are a number of convenient ways to get the latest blog posts and news from Travel With Bender.

Need Internet access while you travel?

We use Tep Wireless. Save 15% with our code: tepbender
Find out more... Our full review...