Movie Quote Thursday – Travel


Movie Quote Thursday – Travel

It’s summertime and we’re hitting the roadways, airways, and waterways in search of a few minutes’ peace and relaxation. The beaches, canyons, monuments, museums, and double rainbows await us. All we have to do is get there and settle into our surroundings. And sometimes that’s easier said than done.

I know they are “first-world” problems, but traffic jams, cancelled flights, broken-down cruise ships, and lost reservations try to wreck havoc on us. In addition, various unmentionables such as the poor crying baby in the next row who can’t be soothed, the guy near you who offends your personal space because he can’t control the effects of his bad diet and bloating, and people who don’t have any sense of urgency in order that they might enhance your experiences in the very limited time you have away from real life, these things can obscure – if only for a short time – the beautiful sights and the free-spirited attitude you seek to enjoy.

Okay, I know that every road to paradise can’t be lined with fresh roses, harp players, and endlessly helpful guides, but instead do they have to be so crowded, so loud, and so stinky as often as they are?

Okay, I’ll stop complaining. After all, nobody’s paying me to travel; exactly the opposite. I can’t complain about the great things I get to do. But thankfully I have earphones. Now if only I could find a nose plug.

With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite quotes from some of the best travel movies:

 “He said the train is lost.”

“How can a train be lost? It’s on rails.” Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody in The Deejarling Limited

“There’s no way on earth we’re going to get a flight out of here tonight. We’d have more luck playing pickup sticks with our butt-cheeks than we will getting a flight out of here before daybreak.” John Candy in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

“There’s no place like home.” Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz

“The most beautiful thing in the world, of course, is the world itself.” Tom Hanks in Castaway