A character spends most of the time wandering, generally through the city, with no precise aim, sometimes led by sheer coincidence. By the end of that course, however, they'll have reached an epiphany thanks to some meaningful event.
Often used in Day in the Limelight
. Differs from Wandering the Earth
since the character's trip ends in a relatively short timespan, generally with them going back home.
- Lost in Translation: Bob and Charlotte bond and meditate about their loneliness and existential ennui as they visit various places in Tokyo. They are clearly dishoriented since they don't know Japanese language and culture.
- James Joyce's Ulysses is built around this trope.
- The X-Files season 7 episode "all things" is focused on Scully following a mysterious woman through the city, where she meets a married man with whom she had an affair during medical school and a woman who enlightens her about Buddhism and collective unconscious. By the end of that experience, she realizes that she is no longer the same person she was ten years before and that's she's satisfied with the choices she has done.
- An episode of Father Ted parodies this. Ted gets moody and goes for a walk alone on the beach... because Mrs Doyle said he was only the SECOND best priest in the country...
- The Simpsons: In "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer", Homer wanders through a mystical land, which is actually Springfield seen though his altered state of mind (caused by peppers). He later wanders again when he wonders if Marge is still his soulmate.
- Avatar The Last Airbender: Season 2 episode "Zuko Alone" focuses on Zuko in his journey to an Earth Kingdom town, while he remembers about his childhood.