1. The S.S. Minnow’s 3 Hour Boat Ride
When the two-man and five passenger crew of the S. S. Minnow took off for a “three-hour tour” from Honolulu, they weren’t expecting their trip to turn into an extended stay. But when their boat ran into a tropical storm, the group of strangers were shipwrecked on an uncharted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. And we all know how this one ends (they never get off).
2. Hunter S. Thompson’s Trip To Vegas
When Thompson and Zeta Acosta traveled to Las Vegas for an exposé for Rolling Stone on the 1970 killing of Mexican-American television journalist, Rubén Salazar, the short trip grew into something else entirely. The result of the trip became the 1971 book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas which first appeared in the November 1971 issue of Rolling Stone.
3. Uncle Jesse’s Short Stay With The Tanner Family
While he was only supposed to crash for a little while, Uncle Jesse ends up making his stay on the Tanner’s couch a permanent one. And at one point, even moves upstairs to raise a family of his own (hence the name “Full House”).
4. Ben Franklin’s Trip To Paris
In December 1776, Franklin went to France as commissioner for the United States. He lived in a home in the Parisian suburb of Passy and remained there until 1785. During his extended stay, he had quite a productive trip, including the securing of a critical military alliance in 1778 and negotiating the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
5. Chuck Noland’s Business Trip To Malaysia
While traveling on business, Chuck wasn’t expecting his airplane to crash into the Pacific Ocean. Suddenly, his week trip to Malaysia turned into a 1,500 night stay. At least he had Wilson to keep him company.
6. Urkel’s Visits To The Winslow’s House
He’s supposed to be their neighbor, and ends up being at their house multiple times a day. But with a family as cool as the Winslows, who can really blame him?
7. Harold And Kumar’s Trip To White Castle
Cheetahs, punks and hang gliders usually don’t come to mind when thinking of a casual trip to White Castle. But after traveling to the nearest one and discovering it had been replaced by “Burger Shack,” their simple journey turns into an out-of-hand epic adventure.
8. Ryan’s Stay With The Cohen Family
After being thrown out of his troubled family’s home, Ryan is taken in by his public defender, Sandy Cohen. While his stay was only supposed to be until he got back on his feet, he forms fast bonds with the entire Cohen family, especially Seth, and ends up becoming a permanent member of the family.
9. The Commercial Passenger Flight From Sydney To Los Angeles
What started out as a short trip turned into an extended journey when the passengers of Flight 815 were stranded on a mysterious tropical island in the South Pacific after their flight crashed. Mysterious happenings, fervid arguments and plenty of hook-ups, this short trip ended up lasting them 108 days, if you don’t include all of the time traveling.
10. Van Wilder’s Eternal Senior Year
Unlike most people, Van Wilder got to live the dream by staying in college for 7 years. Since most of his time was spent throwing parties and “fund raisers,” and somehow not acquiring massive amounts of debt, this is one extended stay that most people could only dream about.