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
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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
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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.
- In 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.
- 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.
- The music video for Phil Collins' "Take Me Home" depicts him hobnobbing around famous city landmarks around the world - in particular, London, Paris, New York City, Tokyo, Stockholm, Moscow, Sydney, Memphis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Texas, and St. Louis.
- 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]!"
- Vacation America limits its destination to the continental United States, but otherwise plays this trope straight. There's even a map on the backbox where cities light up as they're visited.
- Disney Theme Parks are quite fond of this trope. Cases in point:
- It's a Small World, obviously.
- Epcot's World Showcase.
- An old Circle-Vision 360 show called "Magic Carpet 'Round the World", which ran for a brief time at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland, very early in their respective lives.
- 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: 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.
...wait a minute, did all of that happen in Maine?
- In the TaleSpin video game for the Sega Genesis, Baloo and Kit collect cargo boxes from various locations around the world in order to beat Shere Khan's seven day record and win a lifetime work contract from the city. Among their locations are Italy, Greece, Egypt, India, New York, and San Francisco.
- Ninja Baseball Bat Man has the bat men travel to Seattle, San Francisco (or just Cisco), Las Vegas, Texas, Florida, and Chicago.
- Almost every level and side character in Spyro: Year of the Dragon represents a different region or culture, including Canada (as Icy Peaks), the Pacific Islands (as Molten Crater), and the Swiss Alps (as Sheila's Alp).
- 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.)
- 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.
- Of course, several sporting events (i.e. Formula One) travel to places around the world.
- One of the signs that you've made it in popular music is heading on a world concert tour.