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A form of TimeCompressionMontage depicting a long journey, usually consisting of various shots of places along the route, the main character(s) on the journey, and frequent shots of a map, often with a line appearing on it to mark the route (or more lazily, just a camera pan across the map). Alternately it can show the travelling character looking about in wonder as StockFootage of various famous sites fades in and out around him, or as flags of various nations flow by. There may also be a LandingGearShot or two. Watch for FridgeLogic where, after traveling together for hours to days, the characters [[ConversationCut resume talking about their plans as if they didn't speak a word during the trip]].

If the show is a comedy, or even a serious drama with humorous moments, and especially if the travel is a road trip, there may be hijinks, the taking of gag photos, glimpses of trouble, like running from an offended local or sleeping in a jail cell, and other character-driven scenes. Bonus points if it's the red-line-on-map scene. Even more points if the red line zig-zags and spiral chaotically.


* An Isuzu commercial parodied this with a line moving on a map representing the traveler in the SUV being advertised, which stops when it reaches the edge and continues on outside of the map. Not even the coffee table the map is resting on can stop it from its journey.

* ''Anime/AgathaChristiesGreatDetectivesPoirotAndMarple'' uses the method of having a moving line on a map to indicate traveling long distances. A notable case can be seen in the four chapters dedicated to ''Literature/TheABCMurders''.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' episode 19, where Menchi travel with an heiress who has to circle the globe in eighty hours(sic) to inherit her family's company.
* In the first ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' CompilationMovie the content of episodes 4, 5, and 6 were compressed into a Travel Montage.
* Played painfully straight in ''Anime/TheDaggerOfKamui'' to show the protagonist's trek across various parts of the globe.

[[folder:Comic Book]]
* In the second story-arc of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' to show how far Spike was thrown from the evil tower, he is shown singing to himself while walking across the landscape, but his song and pacing get more weary with each panel.
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/TheSensationalSheHulk'' #12. A panel shows a map of America with the protagonist's plane flying across it, trailing a red line marking out its route. The next panel shows that her plane literally has an enormous red line hanging off the back, with an airport worker in the background muttering that Indiana Jones has a lot to answer for.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' uses this in "The Insane Road Trip Part 1", [[SongFic set to]] "Life is a Highway".

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Parodied in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', in a complicated but hilarious way that's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t23YSJzMEpg better seen than explained.]]
* Parodied in the ''Machinima/ArbyNTheChief'' movie, when Chief is escaping from LA it zooms out to the lines, except that since Chief has no idea where he is going, the lines are a tangled mess.
* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', with the map being a Waffle World placemat.
* The [[Music/RascalFlatts "Life is a Highway"]] sequence from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''.
* The closing credits of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' show Lightning [=McQueen=] and Mater travelling across the world and visiting car versions of various world landmarks other than the ones in Japan, France, Italy, and England (ie The Sagrada Familia cathedral in Spain shaped like sparkplugs, windmills in the Netherlands shaped like cooling fans, the Atomium in Belgium shaped like car pistons, the Parthenon in Greece shaped like a car's radiator, St. Basil's cathedral in Russia shaped like a car's diffrential casing, the Pyramids of Egypt shaped like the Mitsubishi logo, a rock structure in Africa shaped like a mix between a pickup truck and [[Disney/TheLionKing Pride Rock]], the Dubai hotel in the United Arab Emirates shaped like a car's tailfin, the Taj Mahal in India shaped like a car engine, Angkor Wat in Thailand shaped like more sparkplugs, the Petronas towers in Malaysia shaped like a truck's smokestacks, the Great Wall of China shaped like a highway, the Sydney Opera House in Australia shaped like more car tailfins, the UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} statue in Brazil shaped like a Mercedes Gullwing, etc) before returning to Radiator Springs.
* Happens twice in ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}''. The first travel montage involves Aladar's egg being taken away from his mother's nest by an Oviraptor, then rolling off a ledge into a river where it is then carried downstream, and finally being flown to Lemur Island via Pterodactyl; while the second involves Aladar, the lemurs, Eema, Baylene, Url, and the rest of the Herd being forced to march across a desert while searching for the Nesting Grounds, only to stop at a lake that is completely devoid of water let alone Baylene's footprint.
* Happens toward the end of ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'', just right before both Hubie and Rocko are attacked by orcas.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': The scene where the explorers travel on a subterranean highway through several UnderwaterRuins via a large convoy of trucks.
* The opening credits for both ''Disney/TheRescuers'' films: the first with a MessageInABottle, and the second with a telegraph line.
* Near the beginning of ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', when we see the DeliveryStork carrying the titular elephant for the very first time, when said stork starts to figure out where Dumbo's eventual mother will be, for a few seconds, we see a brief overhead view of the Southeastern United States, which apparantly traced the path of the circus train Mrs. Jumbo is riding in as said train is leaving the winter headquarters in Florida.
* ''Disney/LiloandStitch'' has Stitch's journey to Earth and Hawaii, as shown on the Grand Councilwoman's computer monitor.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', 80s astronaut minifig Benny finally gets to build a spaceship. The scene then gets an rapid-fire montage of the heroes flying through all the sets, with Benny screaming "SPACESHIP!" with each passover.
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' on the open road with Goofy's map as a guide.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}} 3: Web of Shadows'', as Norik and the five Toa travel across the island to find the legendary beast Keetongu.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Appears in all four ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films, mainly as a homage to its use in the 1930s serials which inspired the movies.
* The beginning of ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', as Robin swims his way from Jerusalem to England to an orchestral arrangement of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
* Subverted cleverly in 2005's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'': In a {{Flashback}}, young Willy runs away from home to become a chocolatier, and the next moment we see him striding forward as flags of many nations flutter past him. It all comes to an end, though, when a guard tells him the Hall of Flags is closing for the night.
* Tooki Tooki Bird in the ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' movie.
* In the spoof film ''Film/TopSecret'', they show this as a set of dots working along a streetmap: then have them eaten by Pac-Man.
* The live ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' movie shows the red line on a map version of this; showing the Grinch traveling through the "dump-it to Krumpit" garbage chute out of Whoville to the top of Mount Krumpit.
* ''Film/TheWarriors'' opens with the leaders of titular gang traveling to The Bronx. The rest of the movie is them leaving it.
* Used in ''Film/{{Tooth}}'' to show the kids travelling across the country.
* The movie ''Film/ImJuli'' depicts a journey through half of Europe, where Romania is portrayed entirely through still shots - not by choice, but because the Romanian government denied their shooting permit.
* Happens in the ''Film/VanHelsing'' movie.
* Used briefly in the ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' movie.
* The epic sense of {{World Building}} encountered in ''Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings'' owes its self in part to this trope. Whenever heroes from The Fellowship travel vast distances, a series of scenes in geographically unique regions - typically of the {{Epic Tracking Shot}} variety - are used to convey the scale of their journey.
* ''Film/RoadToZanzibar'' uses the comedy version where the line starts meandering chaotically.
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' pans over a map to show a ride with the Oriental Express through Yugoslavia. A cheap method but understandable. With a budget of only 2 million USD Bond was still low budget at that time back in 1963.
* ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''. In true ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' style! The travel around the Aegean as they start their mission is represented by reduced-opacity shots of planes in flight and a map background.
* Used in ''Film/TheRulesOfAttraction'' when Victor travels around in Europe.
* ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'' subverts this. When the pets initially set off to find their owners, the screen dissolves into a physical map of California as if this trope was being invoked. Then suddenly a teacher's pointer whaps onto the map - we soon see it's actually a pull-down classroom map of California with the teacher talking about the Sierra Nevadas, while the kids are staring out the window wondering about them.
* Played straight in ''Film/TheRebound'' as a way of showing one of the main characters gaining maturity and life experience.
* Parodied in ''Film/TheMuppets'' with the car's "Travel by Map" button. Its even a plot point- unlike conventional travel, no time elapses when you travel this way.
* Done in ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'', with map grid lines and place names overlayed on the scenery they fly over. As with ''Indiana Jones'', this is an aspect of the film's nature as an homage to 1930s pulp fiction.
* A possible parody in ''Film/{{Hook}}'': As Peter Pan takes flight for the first time, he flies over Neverland and you see map grid lines and a large map compass beneath the Neverland sea.
* A comedy one in ''Film/CannibalWomenInTheAvocadoJungleOfDeath'', possibly because of the guide (played by BillMaher).
* Played straight in the opening scene of ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', where it is used to show the refugee trail from Paris to Casablanca. Bonus points because it starts with a shot a of the globe and zooms in to Europe/Northern Africa.
* In the form of [[ArtShift animations]] in ''Film/YouthInRevolt''.
%% * ''Film/TheWolfman2010''
* One shows up in ''Film/KillBill'' when The Bride flies to Japan.
* Played with in ''Film/BabylonAD'', when Toorop plots their journey on a high-tec map that includes pop-up information. They haven't taken the journey yet, so it serves as exposition, but it's clearly influenced by the map version of this trope.
* Big Bird's plane trip to Ocean View, Illinois in ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird'' is shown as a red line on a map, with [[FreezeFrameGag several other fictional cities]] (and no real ones) highlighted.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'', almost every single episode, along with dramatic music.
* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'', given that traveling ''is'' the main premise of the game after all.
* Parodied in ''Series/TheColbertReport'', where we get an ''Franchise/IndianaJones''-style montage for a trip to a museum less than a dozen blocks from the studio then another for a walk ''to the basement of the same museum.''
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' once parodied the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' style montage with an OverlyLongGag version.
* Hilariously parodied in the Lines episode of ''Series/ImportantThingsWithDemetriMartin.''
* ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' has this in Episode 13 of Season 6: Joey, Eddie, Audrey, and Bob (played by Creator/SethRogen) set out on a road trip from Boston to California, in order to accompany Audrey to rehab, as well as bring Eddie to his new state of residence. Montage of the group goofing off in the car as well as shots of various roadways plays intermittently throughout the episode.
* Occasionally {{Parodied}} on ''Series/WorldsDumbest'', including one instance where several commentators are on a road trip across the United States and somehow end up in ''Russia''.

[[folder: Music ]]
* In "Cup of Brown Joy", Music/ProfessorElemental's head on a teacup travels to places famous for tea across the globe.

* Seen in some of the display animations for Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/IndianaJonesStern Indiana Jones]]'', and also invoked by the map background used in the backglass and playfield.

* ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'' has the Seattle to L.A. sequence during which Rose spots and abducts the future Newsboys.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Both ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' [[VideoGame/Bayonetta2 games]] start with a travel montage that takes place after the prologue, and Enzo introduces the gamees' plots during them.
* Parodied in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games. In ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', when sailing between islands, the map is shown, but the red line that indicates the route zigzags chaotically before reaching the destination, presumably on account of the lack of navigational skill on the part of Captain Dread. ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'' also features a Travel Montage represented by Guybrush's ship sailing a chaotic line through the Caribbean, and includes voice-overs as Guybrush and his crew react to the string of near-disasters they sail through... mainly by screaming and panicking.
* Happens in ''Videogame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' after Mission 1 and before Mission 2.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' uses ''Indiana Jones'' inspired map travel, with random encounters as cutaways.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' uses this when they use the aerodome from Moorabella to Fluorgis and back.
* Appears any time you switch field maps in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
* Appears when you go to another country in ''VideoGame/RomancingSaGa: Minstrel Song'', Indy style.
* The intro to an obscure shareware PlatformGame ''Drake Snake and the Secret Crypt'' shows the main hero's travel to Africe with a red line on the map, which somehow goes ''below'' the map at times and returns on top through holes.
* Used in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' when travelling between continents on Azeroth using a transit service (such as by boat or by flying machine), though not when teleporting or using portals (which is the only way to access places like Outland or Draenor). The drawn line essentially acts as a loading bar.
* A player-controlled version of this trope appears in ''{{VideoGame/Jazzpunk}}'' when the player is told to take a vacation.

* Webcomic example: ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/02/22/episode-811-visual-shortcut/ uses a travel montage to travel]] -- and while the other characters take the sudden transitions in stride, Black Mage is confused.
* Regularly spoofed in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson''. "I wish we were in an anime or something, so that [[http://erinptah.com/catperson/comic/chapter-nine-page-2/ this whole trip could go by in a montage]]."
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': There is one in Chapter 11, covering a couple of weeks during which the crew is travelling to a far-away location but runs into noting particularly eventful on the way, aside from their vehicle breaking dow a couple of times. A few shots show that a horde of trolls and ghosts is following them as well, setting up the events of Chapter 13.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures.'' The red ''Indiana Jones'' travel montage line moves across the map. Cut to Buster Bunny sitting on top of the red line, muttering, "Someday I'm gonna have to buy an actual plane."
* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when Santa's Little Helper runs away.
** Also when Homer commands a nuclear submarine and ends leading it to DirtyCommunist waters by error.
*** After crashing the submarine into the compass on the map!
* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' - Brian and Stewie are on a hot air balloon (long story), the travel montage shown as a map of the world, and Stewie is surprised that countries really do look like that from high altitude. "Such lovely printing, too."
* Done briefly in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' when the class are heading to Costa Rica by bus.
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "Bendin' In The Wind" has a brief line-on-map shot, which is mostly notable for revealing how state names have changed in the future (Pennsyvania is split into Sylvania and the Penn Republic[[note]]a reference to the similar breaking-up of Czechoslovakia[[/note]], Virginia is now Eastern West Virginia, and so on).
* Appears in the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' version of ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.
* This shows up in nearly every single episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', namely whenever anyone is traveling to the factory. It shows at least five scenes of travel in the sewers, with the skateboards, ladders, the bridge, the ropes, the elevator ,and the overly long anyway door opening. This could also be considered LeaveTheCameraRunning, or perhaps a non-funny OverlyLongGag, or maybe even {{Padding}}.
* Done in the ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode set on the Orient Express. At one point the map is not labeled, so the narrator has to explain that the train is entering "from the brown bit to the pink bit", with DM then commenting on the lovely shade of pink as he looks out the window.
* Spoofed on the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode "Hearts of Warners". As the Warners drive around the lot, Yakko in voice over explains that Wakko is driving, as the line moves erratically on the map. Then Yakko says that he's driving now, and the line stabilizes.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' spoofs this in the episode "Daring Don't". One scene features a red line on a map ''a la'' ''Indiana Jones'' as the Mane Six track down A.K. Yearling. It's then revealed [[CloudCuckoolander Pinkie Pie]] was painting an actual red line on the ground.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Legend of Korra}}'' features one of these in the Book 3 episode "Rebirth." As the main characters are flying around the Earth Kingdom attempting to recruit new airbenders, their travels are shown on a map. After they are turned away at each location, their chibi faces on the map indicate their disappointment.
* Parodied on one episode of ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'', where the characters really are flying around on giant dotted lines.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A very similar principle is often used to show the grown of a rail, road or other networks on homepages, television programs, exhibitions etc. As time go on more and more parts will be added on the map and sometimes disappear again.
* An even more straight RealLife example can often be seen on monitors in actual passenger airplanes, we the current position of the flying plane is indicated by a plane symbol superimposed over a map.
** Lufthansa has an improved version using a 3D model instead.