Wanderlust and Short Term Travel

I Planned My Vacations Around Sabrina The Teenage Witch Movies & Here’s What Happened

Like any good TV addict, I grew up with the adventures of Melissa Joan Hart’s perky yet down-to-earth portrayal of Sabrina Spellman, a teen witch juggling boys, a talking cat and a lot of magical mayhem alongside high school. A great part of my Brit childhood was spent lusting after her room in a pinnacled tower with incredible bow windows (see below for the real thing). Oh, and also that talking cat, and some pretty cool aunts in place of real (boring) parents. Having found myself in living in Italy, then Australia and then planning a trip to the US to visit friends, I couldn’t help but recall the epic Sabrina the Teenage Witch films. In my head, the idea of getting inspiration for a Sabrina the Teenage Witch themed vacation or two took shape!

Sabrina The Teenage Witch the Movie (1996) the first of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch Movies, set in MA, the USA

Sabrina’s mum was on the trail for artefacts in Peru, her dad lived in The Other Realm (i.e. the magical world) but once brought her on a jaunt to Paris. Overall, though, her life started in Westbridge, Mass. Sabrina’s original best friend Jenny, who pops into existence for 1 series of the TV show and then disappears without explanation, is back in all her glory here, and her boyfriend Harvey is a different actor- think ‘Joseph Gordon-Levitt type droopy fringe type’.

Here’s me in Boston (where Sabrina later goes to university and where much of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch movie is set) discovering that there is no such town as Westbridge for me to visit. Balls.

Boston, MA for the sabrina the teenage witch movies

So where’s the broomstick? In Boston Park.

But to make up for it, here’s the turreted house that provided all of the exterior shots of her house in the 90s TV show. Harvey was often a fixture on that porch, that’s for sure.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch house for external shots

64 E Main St, New Jersey

I flew to Boston via Keflavik, Iceland which is the most budget friendly route, as far as my snooping could work out! If you fancy it, take a look at what it’s like flying Economy Comfort on IcelandAir.

 Sabrina goes to Rome the movie (1998) set in Rome, Lazio, Italy:

Sabrina has an English witch (called Gwen) for a roommate and a mission to find her lost relative Sofia, with only an old locket to aid her. Harvey, the aunts and many other characters are AWOL, but Gwen is a comedically charming sidekick (side note, the actress is Canadian, -50 points for her poor attempt at my accent!), and Salem is by her side.

On the other hand, there is a pair of photographers trying get into her good books so they can out her as a witch in their hunt for fame and fortune. Basically, this girl would really benefit from Tinder!

The film is the perfect accompaniment to any slumber party, take it from me, and is well worth watching if only for the butterfly clips, pedal pushers and other 90s wins that pop up in every scene.

 

Sabrina the teenage witch movies: Sabrina Goes to Rome

Sabrina and Photographer Hunk introduce Rome’s famous Spanish Steps to the magic of capri pants.

 

How the steps appear in the 21st century.

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Sabrina has a romantic date at the Trevi Fountain, which is mysteriously lacking in tourists.

 

Your ginger heroine tries to keep cool by the Trevi Fountain. #ForeverAlone

 

Sabrina Down Under (1999) set around the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia:

So you’re a hot blooded teen witch and you’re staying on a sunny Australian island near crystal blue seas with hapless co-witch Gwen. Cue plenty of joke Aussie accents, hi-jinks from your talking cat Salem and a dreamboat marine biologist. Sabrina goes diving at the reef and locates an injured merman suffering from serious 90s fashion fever, then spends the rest of the film saving the clumsy blonde hunk with a tail. There’s quite a lot of hunks in these movies! Also mermaids, riled up, aggressively flapping mermaids, are going to need a whole lot of butt-saving.

 

Sabrina the teenage witch movies: Sabrina Down Under helicopter

Sabrina goes mermaid-spotting in a helicopter above the Great Barrier Reef

 

Great barrier reed helicopter

Great idea! Helicopter flight above the GBR.

 

The reef seems almost unchanged since the 90s and came out spectacularly vibrant in my photos. The ride lasts only 20 minutes but provides breathtaking views and can be done as part of a cruise and snorkel of the reef. Or, y’know, the ultimate Sabrina the Teenage Witch movie vacation, whichever. I booked via Great Adventures  for $218 for a ride on the ship, with a $200 supplement to ride the helicopter.

 

Sabrina the teenage witch movies: Sabrina Down Under beach

Sabrina and Gwen ask the mysterious merman if he’s having trouble with his smartphone signal on Hamilton Island beach

 

Very few mermaids in sight…

 

Gloriously unspoilt, there plenty of time for relaxation in the Whitsunday Islands. I made the trip north as my annual holiday while I was living and working in Victoria, Australia.

 

Sabrina the teenage witch movies: boat

Gwen and the most 90s mer-dude ever set sail in the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

 

Great Barrier Reef boat ride

Where’s my mer-hunk? Touring the Great Barrier Reef on a boat and then snorkelling through the sealife.

 

So, that was travelling the world according to Sabrina the Teenage Witch:

Only 3 films were ever made to go along with the TV series, which I obsessively watched as a teen. Man did I really wish I could go to an American high school or eat at The Slicery after school!

These made-for-TV movies take you on a romp around jock Boston, historic Rome and aquatic Queensland with plenty of stunning landmarks. There’s also the obligatory conflict between your crush and your magic (what girl hasn’t been there!), and regular disasters at the hands of witch-in-training Gwen.

 

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Adapted from Flickr user @SupportPDX.

Thank you to Rachael Ellenbogen whose amazing Bustle article provided inspiration for finally putting this mad adventure into a blogpost.

All film still images credit Warner Brothers entertainment/ Showtime and used under fair use for commentary purposes.

 

9 Comments

  1. Amanda

    August 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Great inspiration for travel, and interesting to see how places have changed, it never occurred to me the house was real! Thanks for sharing

    1. Danni Lawson

      August 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment!

  2. Danielle Desir

    September 4, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Sabrina the Tennage Witch was one of my favorite TV shows growing up and I love how it inspired your travels to/in Massachusetts and Rome, Italy! Super creative!

  3. Chantell Collins

    September 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Until now, I had basically forgotten that Sabrina existed. Talk about a trip back through time!! I remember watching the TV series as a kid but didn’t know that there were movies. I am actually in Rome right now and was at the Trevi Foutain and Spanish Steps today – definitely still a LOT of tourists ha ha.

  4. Megan Indoe

    September 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Hahaha this is hilarious. I don’t remember all of these Sabrina moments even though I was a huge fan on TGIF. I love that you can actually visit the house too! It’s always fun to find inspiration from television too! I currently want to do Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Harry Potter themed travel!

  5. Ozzy

    September 5, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Nice and light post that can be quite relatable for the avid viewers of the show who’d like to explore these places. I know my partner used to be huge fan of the series and she’d love to see the house in Massachusetts. Seems like series with lots of locations would make for a nice travelogue. 😉

  6. Claire Summers

    September 5, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    This is so fun! I used to love Sabrina growing up. Although I had no idea she did movies. I’m going to have to see if I can find them online.

  7. Ruth

    September 10, 2017 at 1:49 am

    I liked this show a lot but I have not watched the movies (I didn’t even remember there are movies). I think it will be fun to go to the places Sabrina went. She went to some nice places! I am even envious@

    1. Danni Lawson

      September 10, 2017 at 11:09 am

      You’re right, the movies were TV releases that didn’t get as much audience as the TV show, but for sure they are worth checking out- hilarious chick flick stuff!

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