She studied biology at Vassar, but these days, Lisa Kudrow feels more like an amateur historian. As the brains behind the genealogy TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?,” Kudrow helps celebs like Allison Janney, Billy Porter and Brooke Shields figure out their family backstories. Kudrow’s friend Courteney Cox, for example, traced her ancestry back to a distant relative, William the Conqueror.
“This always was a passion project,” Kudrow says of the show. “This has always been really important to me and I did it on an impulse, really.”
The show, now in its 11th season, has featured everyone from Jason Sudeikis to Mandy Moore, Spike Lee and Sarah Jessica Parker. And, if the stars align, that list could also include one of Kudrow’s closest friends and former “Friends” co-star, Jennifer Aniston. “She’s signed up and still really wants to do it,” Kudrow says.
Now that her world has opened up, Kudrow is traveling again. Between promoting her series and exploring the world, like many of us, she’s making up for lost time. Here’s what Kudrow brings on the road with her to travel more comfortably.
$149 $99 at Amazon
The fifth-generation Apple TV is a solid investment at less than $100 when it’s on sale like it is now. With it, you can take your favorite streaming services on the road with you in 1080p HD video. Weighing less than 2 pounds, it’s perfect for slipping in your carry-on bag and setting up when you get to your vacation rental home or hotel.
$229.99 $141.99 at Amazon
Though Kudrow’s a fan of hard-shell roller bags, she’s also thinking about her next piece of luggage — and it’s all about bringing an old trend back to the spotlight. “I’m thinking maybe steamer trunks are the way to go?” she says. “You just ship it ahead or put it on a boat and then it’ll get there. And then you open it up and you have your closet. I think we might have to start going back to that.”
$48 at Amazon
$13.39 at Amazon
This set of three McVitie’s packages is perfect for keeping a set of biscuits at home and taking another set — or two — with you on the road. Tasty but not too sweet, McVitie’s digestive biscuits are perfect for eating on their own as a dry snack or when dipped in tea — they melt in your mouth.
$26 at LolaVie
$29 $17.68 at Amazon
The original Apple EarPods are a solid corded option for the casual music listener. Don’t expect the noise-canceling capabilities of their AirPods Pro cousin, but you can expect a budget-friendly headphone for all your travels.
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