7 Travel Sidekicks From Your Favorite Books

What if you could rally your own posse from your favorite reads? Check our list and let us know who you'd include in your getaway!
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Now that summer's in full swing, cups of morning coffee are swapped for monster milkshakes and delish fruit smoothies. You're raring to put on your favorite sunnies and don that oh-so cute swimsuit you've just bought online. Then again, who can blame you? The scorching hot weather calls for a getaway, pronto! What else is left to do but rally your best friends in your Whatsapp group.

"Let's go to a beach, guys! Who's game?!"

There's an old saying that goes "the people you're with can either make or break your trip." It's understood of course that you already love the current set of friends you have, but what if you were given a chance to go on vacation with your favorite book characters? The ones who've kept you company in quaint cafes and enthralled you with their adventures. The ones who've humored you with their wit and candor as you lie in bed waiting to fall asleep.


What if they joined you for a quick vacation?

We've made a list of our travel posse picks below. To make sure that we've got a well-rounded group, we’ve mixed together different personalities guaranteed to make this summer escapade the best one yet!

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  1. The OC Travel Planner (Andy Sachs from The Devil Wears Prada)

She's the one who fixes the itinerary and takes the liberty of booking for everyone in the group. Although she can be bit annoying when she starts bugging everyone about payments, do keep in mind that it’s only because she has a check list to follow. She's dependable and organized. And yes, that means you can count on her to give the list of things to pack for the trip—she won't let you down.


  1. The Feel Good Friend (Dr. Seuss from Oh The Places You'll Go)

In every getaway, there's bound to be a few hiccups. Flight delays, missing a turn, an upset stomach—they're all inevitable frustrations that could put a bump on the trip. The Feel Good Friend makes sure that everyone doesn't forget why the trip was made in the first place—so that everyone could bond and have fun. She's the life of the party who's always cracking jokes and wants everyone to have a good time.


  1. The Digital Influencer (Glinda from Wicked)

She's the one with the well-curated posts on Instagram. She knows how to pose and loves teaching you and your friends not to be shy in front of the camera. One thing's for sure, this girl can teach you a lot about self-confidence. She's your biggest cheerleader and won't even think twice about liking your posts on social media. P.S. You can totally count on her to think of the hashtag for your barkada trip.

  1. The Fearlessly Street Smart Chick (Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games)

She's a gem of a friend because she's fiercely protective of you and the rest of the group. She knows not to fall for a scam and never leaves home without her pepper spray, because she knows it's better to be safe than sorry. Though cautious, she’s an adventurer at heart and is quick to say yes to bungee-jumping or cliff diving any day.


  1. The Passionate Photographer (Pippa from The Rule of Thirds)

Her camera almost never leaves her hand. Considered the documenter of the group, she's constantly busy snapping photos or recording videos. She keeps thinking of creative perspectives and makes an effort to improve her talent with each shot she takes. Never want to forget your trip? Don't worry. She's already planning on editing the videos she took to cap off the great vacation you guys had.

  1. The Shopaholic (Rebecca Bloomwood from Confessions of a Shopaholic)

She's happy-go-lucky, always fashion forward, and never misses out on a great deal. She tends to stray during trips, but you know that you'll find her in one the nearby shops, checking out Pantone-colored cover upsamong many other items. She always looks fabulous and absolutely loves giving advice about what to wear. She's also known to pick out a theme to color-coordinate outfits. White tops for a Saturday beach barbecue? Why not?


  1. The Exotic Eater (Anthony Bourdain from No Reservations)

This is the friend who's taken on a personal mission to try everything at least once. Whether it's fried maggots being sold by a street vendor or a few sticks of isaw at a sari-sari store nearby, she's the type that goes crazy for exotic food. Her motto is somewhere along the lines "the crazier, the better." There are just two things she won't eat though: dogs and humans. Everything else is fair game.

Let us know which fictional characters you’d invite in your getaway! Have an awesome summer, Candy Girls!









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