Created By: BlueGuy on August 24, 2013 Last Edited By: BlueGuy on September 12, 2013
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World Tour

A work where characters travel to various real-world settings around the world.

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One of the most common plots in fiction is a tour to various notable places in the real world. Famous cities like Paris, London, New York City, and others are a must. Expect a map to show up as the participants head to their next destination. If the traveling is greatly compressed, then it's a case of Travel Montage. Avengers Assemble can lead into this if the characters assembling are in different countries. The pieces of Dismantled MacGuffin also have a good chance of being situated all over the world. Depending on the characters traveling, though, the focus might not be simply visiting the sites but utterly destroying them.

Works that follow this plot structure are generally based in reality, or an Urban Fantasy.

Bored tropers can do this for themselves with Google Maps and its Street View function.

Please note that to qualify for this trope, the settings must be real-world places, and that the characters have an actual place to stay and aren't always traveling (that would be Walking the Earth).

Compare Sequel Goes Foreign. See also Walking the Earth and Tour Across the Country.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • The heroes of Digimon Adventure 02 find themselves travelling around the world to take down black spires planted by the villains.
  • In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Domon Kasshu travels around the world to fight other Gundam Fighters.
  • On Street Fighter II V, martial artists Ryu and Ken go on a World Tour to find strong fighters to battle against and improve their skills.

Film - Animated
  • The sequel to Cars, as well as its spin-off Planes, take place during an international race.

Film - Live Action
  • The Indiana Jones movies feature many different, often exotic, locales and a map with their travelling route is shown, along with the famous theme.
  • The Great Race was a transcontinental road race from New York to Paris. It crossed the United States and most of Europe, featuring a number of places along the way.
  • North has its child protagonist searching for new parents around the globe. The ones he finds are generally giant stereotypes.

Literature
  • Around the World in 80 Days is the Ur-Example.
  • The Fantastic Flying Journey by Gerald Durrell is about three children and their uncle travelling around the world.
  • Paul Theroux's nonfiction travelogue The Great Railway Bazaar chronicled the author's journey from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient Express, and his subsequent journey by road and rail across Asia, during the early 1970s.
  • Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain is a nonfiction account of travelling through Europe, and his observations of Americans travelling with him, in the late 1800s.

Live-Action TV
  • I Spy traveled the world, filming much of it on location.

Pinball
  • Attack from Mars had the player stopping the Martians from destroying various landmarks.
  • Ripley's Believe it or Not! also had the player visiting every continent, always initiated by Ripley saying "It's time to visit [continent]!"

Video Games
  • Rampage has the monsters visiting various locales to destroy them. One game is even named World Tour.
  • Double Dragon 3 has the brothers traveling to various locations around the globe to collect the MacGuffins.
  • While Twisted Metal 1 was set in 2005 Los Angeles, almost every iteration since that has become a world tour. In fact, the second game made this an actual plot point.
  • DuckTales and its sequel had stages set in various locales, each with a treasure to collect.
  • The Simpsons Licensed Game Bart vs. the World has Bart win a treasure hunt around the world by winning a Krusty the Clown art contest. The places he and Krusty visit are Egypt, China, the North Pole, and Hollywood, and along the way, they encounter the relatives of Mr. Burns, who serve as the game's bosses.
    • Later, this is downplayed by The Simpsons Game, which has a level where you go around several sets made to look like famous real-world locations.
  • Sonic Unleashed had its titular character traveling to several Theme Park Versions of famous real-world locations to bring the planet back together.
  • In Front Mission Gun Hazard, you will travel by Bergan (Sweden), Borukta and Sibiriska (Russia), Cenktrich (Turkey), Al Hari (Saudi Arabia), Zambola (Angola), Macchu Pichu (Peru), Esporte (Brazil) and the shop only United States and Australia.
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines is unique in the series for having the stages be various castles across Europe.
  • Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Guess you'll have to travel the globe to find out!
  • Given Guitar Hero's general theme of simulating the rocker experience, and that one game in the series is specifically named World Tour, then it can be assumed that this trope is in play.
  • Every Street Fighter game has the chosen character fighting the others in their home countries. The second game was even titled "The World Warrior"!
  • In Quackshot, Donald travels to Duckburg (United States), Mexico, Transylvania, Maharajah (India), Egypt, South Pole, Viking Ship (in the Norwegian Sea) and the Treasure Island in Atlantic Ocean.
  • In The Lucky Dime Caper, Donald Duck travels to Canada, USA, Peru, Hawaii, Egypt, Antarctica and Italy.
  • Dynamite Dux downplays this, as three of the stages are based on Japan, Texas, and Chicago.
  • Earnest Evans travels around the world in his game. You'd only know this from the map, however, since the levels look nothing like their real-world counterparts.
    slowbeef: ...wait a minute, did all of that happen in Maine?

Web Video
  • The first and third episodes of Chris and Scottie's Road Trip, a series by Chris Bores, have its titular protagonists traveling across the world and encountering various national stereotypes. (The second episode stays in the US instead.)

Western Animation
  • Dr. Rabbit's World Tour has the titular dentist pick up kids from various countries to teach them about proper dental care.
  • The Chipmunk Adventure is about the Chipmunks and the Chipettes competing in a balloon race around the world (which is really just a cover for diamond smuggling).
  • Total Drama World Tour, obviously.
  • Done in Phineas and Ferb: Summer Belongs to You!
  • Josie And The Pussy Cats, as adapted by Hanna-Barbera, routinely gave a concert at some global metropolis, thwarting a Mad Scientist or Card-Carrying Villain in the process.
  • Gargoyles had some episodes where Goliath, Elisa and Bronx toured the world with Goliath's long lost daughter Angela in a magic boat. The purpose of this story line was to have Goliath and Elisa grow as a couple and new character Angela to develop as an individual.
  • Around the World with Willy Fog, being an adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days, follows this trope.

Real Life
  • Of course, several sporting events (i.e. Formula One) travel to places around the world.
Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • August 25, 2013
    DAN004
  • August 25, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    If the traveling is greatly compressed, then it's a case of Travel Montage. Avengers Assemble can lead into this if the characters assembling are in different countries. The pieces of Dismantled Mac Guffin also have a good chance of being situated all over the world.
  • August 25, 2013
    TonyG
  • August 25, 2013
    Chernoskill
    The Indiana Jones movies feature many different, often exotic, locales and a map with their travelling route is shown, along with the famous Indiana Jones theme.
  • August 25, 2013
    MrRuano
    While Twisted Metal 1 was set in 2005 Los Angeles, almost every iteration since that has become a world tour. In fact, the second game made this an actual plot point.
  • August 26, 2013
    Snicka
    The Fantastic Flying Journey by Gerald Durrell is about three children and their uncle travelling around the world.
  • August 26, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Great Race was a transcontinental road race from New York to Paris. It crossed the United States and most of Europe, featuring a number of places along the way.
  • August 26, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Laconic isn't quite in sync with the definition; e.g. World War II occured in several places around the world but would not be considered a "world tour".
  • August 26, 2013
    Snicka
    Agreed. "A work where the main characters visit various places around the world" would be more appropriate.
  • August 26, 2013
    Antigone3
    Is this limited to the real world, or do fictional worlds count? Because there's a ton of fantasy that involves the author drawing a map and running his characters all over it.
  • August 26, 2013
    TonyG
    The Chipmunk Adventure is about the Chipmunks and the Chipettes competing in a balloon race around the world (which is really just a cover for diamond smuggling).
  • August 26, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ^^ I'd say fictional worlds can count, exact details pending....
  • August 31, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    The NES video game, Bart Vs. The World has Bart win a treasure hunt around the world by winning a Krusty the Clown art contest. The places he and Krusty visit are Egypt, China, the North Pole, and Hollywood, and along the way, they encounter the relatives of Mr. Burns, who serve as the game's bosses.
  • August 31, 2013
    NESBoy
    • Asterix And The Banquet is about Asterix and Obelix on a "Tour de Gaule", collecting speciality food from various cities throughout France in a bid for freedom from the Romans, who are enclosing their village from the rest of the world with a stockade.
  • September 1, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    already covered by Walking The Earth?
  • September 1, 2013
    BlueGuy
    ^ Not quite.
  • September 1, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Some non-fiction travelogue examples:

    Literature

    • Paul Theroux's nonfiction travelogue The Great Railway Bazaar chronicled the author's journey from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient Express, and his subsequent journey by road and rail across Asia, during the early 1970s.
    • Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain is a nonfiction account of travelling through Europe, and his observations of Americans travelling with him, in the late 1800s.
    • Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon is a nonfiction chronicle of the author travelling around the US in his camper-outfitted van on back roads (highways that were often colored as narrow blue lines on old gas-station maps), visiting many obscure or ideosyncratic small towns, in the 1970s.
    • Robert Persig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance details a motorcycle journey by him and his son across the western US, along with a journey of philosophical and spiritual discovery.
  • September 1, 2013
    IAmATropist
    Total Drama: World Tour (obviously)
  • September 1, 2013
    randomsurfer
    I Spy travelled the world, filming much of it on location.
  • September 2, 2013
    DAN004
    @ Blue Guy: How "not quite"?
  • September 2, 2013
    BlueGuy
    ^ Walking The Earth is about people eternally traveling the Earth. This is generally a one-time vacation of some sort, and the travellers usually return home at the end.
  • September 2, 2013
    lgcruz
    Is it a valid example if we are talking about a specific arc within the work, or does it have to be the theme of the entire work? Because if the former, then one anime example could be:

    Digimon Adventure 02: The heroes find themselves travelling around the world to take down black spires planted by the villains.
  • September 2, 2013
    BlueGuy
    ^ A specific arc is fine.
  • September 3, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    Plenty of examples right here now. I think I'm ready to add my hat.
  • September 6, 2013
    RedBuster
    In Front Mission Gun Hazard you will travel by: Bergan (Sweden), Borukta and Sibiriska (Russia), Cenktrich (Turkey), Al Hari (Saudi Arabia), Zambola (Angola), Macchu Pichu (Peru), Esporte (Brazil) and the shop only United States and Australia.
  • September 6, 2013
    Prfnoff
    I think "characters travel around the country" should be a separate trope from "characters travel around the world."
  • September 6, 2013
    FalconPain
    Castlevania Bloodlines is unique in the series for having the stages be various castles across Europe.
  • September 6, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
  • September 6, 2013
    AP
  • September 6, 2013
    BlueGuy
    I split some of the country-specific examples into Tour Across the Country.
  • September 6, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    Then there's the obvious video game example:

    • Carmen Sandiego. Where depending on version will not only have you going around the world, but through time and space as well.
  • September 6, 2013
    littlemissmuffet
    • Gargoyles had some episodes where Goliath, Elisa and Bronx toured the world with Goliath's long lost daughter Angela in a magic boat. The purpose of this story line was to have Goliath and Elisa grow as a couple and new character Angela to develop as an individual.
  • September 7, 2013
    RedBuster
    In all games from Street Fighter the choosed character travel around the world.
  • September 8, 2013
    RedBuster
    In Quackshot, Donald travel to Duckburg (United States), Mexico, Transylvania, Maharajah (India), Egypt, South Pole, Viking Ship (in the Norwegian Sea) and the Treasure Island in Atlantic Ocean.
  • September 8, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    so for this trope to qualify. the characters must have someplace they come home to? like if the police go on The Chase and come back to wherever their station is after? better mention that in the description.
  • September 8, 2013
    RedBuster
    In the Mobile Fighter G Gundam Domon Kasshu travel around the world to fight another Gundam Fighters.

    In The Lucky Dime Caper, Donald Duck travel to Canada, USA, Peru, Hawaii, Egypt, Antarctica and Italy.

    All teams from Formula One travel around the world in several different tracks.
  • September 9, 2013
    BearyScary
    • On Street Fighter IIV, martial artists Ryu and Ken go on a World Tour to find strong fighters to battle against and improve their skills.
  • September 9, 2013
    RedBuster
    Is possibly to do this using the Google Maps and using street view.
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