Indexes: Index Failure
Everyone has gotten lost before, and it's not hard to get back on track. Maybe they took the Scenic Route
. Maybe everyone has No Sense of Direction
. Except when you're so off course, noone can believe it.
There is no limit how lost it can be. It can be relatively reasonable, or even Beyond the Impossible
Subtrope of Epic Fail
. sister trope of Shortcuts Make Long Delays
. Getting lost easily is Nosense Of Direction
. A wrong turn that gets someone lost is Wrong Turn at Albuquerque
. This trope, it doesn't matter how they get lost.
- On the The Fairly OddParents, Timmy's dad takes the family to Tucson, but ends up on a tropical island after going through Santa's Worskshop.
- The Odyssey has Odysseus do this twice trying to get to Ithaca. First time wasn't that bad and got some directions. Second time he got way off course and has to navigate several dangerous islands and hell to get back home.
- The Cloudcuckoolander Merrill in Dragon Age II has a well-known tendency to get lost in the most mind-boggling ways, such as ending up in the Viscount of Kirkwall's airing cupboard when trying to get home from the opposite part of the city. She lampshades it herself in the Mark of the Assassin DLC.
- The "Movin' Right Along" musical segment of The Muppet Movie features Fozzie driving cross-country with Kermit, and winding up in places like Saskatchewan when they're trying to get from Florida to Hollywood.
- In January 2013, Sabine Moreau had intended to drive to a train station in Brussels, Belgium that was 38 miles away from her home to pick up a friend. Led along by her (supposedly defective) TomTom GPS, she eventually ended up 900 miles away from her original destination in Zagreb, Croatia, equating to a two-day trip that involves traveling through five different countries (Belgium, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia). When asked whether or not she thought the journey's length or the change in language of the traffic signs was strange, she replied "Maybe, but I was just preoccupied.".
- In the late 1700s, Alexander Mackenzie tried to become the first person to cross Canada (first white person at least). He took a wrong turn and ended up in the Arctic Ocean instead of the Pacific Ocean. He succeeded on a later trip though and the river he took to the Arctic Ocean was named Mackenzie River in his honor.
- There's one The Far Side comic with a husband and wife driving their car on the moon. The wife says, "Oh for crying out loud, now look where Earth is! Pull over, I'm driving!"