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Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Tayla Gentle

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8 THINGS BILL MURRAY CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT TRAVEL

Here at Geckos, Bill ‘Groundhog Day, Ghostbustin’ Ass’ Murray is the stuff of legend. From stealing French fries to shouting rounds, preventing bank robberies and making Caddyshack, he’s everyone’s favourite fishing vest wearing, velvet-suited granddad. He also happens to know a lot about everything. Travel included.

Here are a few of the travel gems we’ve taken away from the life and times of Bill Murray. Heed this advice, then hit the road.

1. Travel now, marry later

He crashed a buck’s party, gave an awesome speech and told us to get married at the airport:

“If you have someone who you think is the one, don’t just sort of think, your ordinary mind, and think, ‘Oh, O.K., let’s make a date, let’s plan this and make a party and get married.’ Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to J.F.K., when you land at J.F.K., and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.”

We reckon he’s right – if you find a luuuurvver you can travel with, snap ‘em up quick smart. But tee things up with airport security first, or else you’ll never get that wedding cake through customs.

2. Tequila is good

bill murray

Besides the fact that he hangs out with the Wu-Tang clan, he also understands the important role tequila/vodka/insert-liquor-here can play in the travel game. That role being to help break the ice with the pretty girl/hot guy in your tour group and/or give your salsa skills a little oomph. Liquid courage.

3.Hotel gyms are there to be exploited

bill murray gym

The gif says it all. Hit up the gym in the dead of night because no one looks good on an elliptical machine but everyone wants to look good in swimwear.

4. Life is better in a wetsuit

bill murray wetsuit

Steve Zissou says so. Haven’t got your diving license? I think you have your next holiday activity sorted. We hear Ko Tao is good this time of year.

5. Pick good strangers

bill murray stranger

The strangers you meet on the road either become your new (and often lifelong) BFF’s, or worst travel nightmare. You know, like the guy who never showers or the girl who skype’s/snapchat’s/viber’s her boyfriend constantly. Take a leaf out of Bob’s book and choose your travel friends wisely. Look at him, he chose ScarJo, he’s doing alright.

 6. Never trust hostel water pressure

bill murray shower

C’mon, admit it – this has happened to you. Hell, it happened to me in a Cambodian dorm shower and the guy shaving at the communal sink politely asked if I needed assistance. I declined FYI.

7. Forge a new path

bill murray sightseeing

Sometimes seeing the biggest and the best and the oldest in every new town is just not worth the stress, money or time. If you find yourself ticking sites off ‘just because’ and not feeling super inspired – look elsewhere for that travel mo-jo.

8. Remember that life is pretty cool and travel makes it even cooler

Bill murray adventure

Bill Murray once found himself lost in the Balinese rainforest. He was found putting on an impromptu show for the entire village, despite not speaking Balinese.

Next time you’re in a deli of a travel pickle, just ask yourself:

WWBMD?

(What would Bill Murray do?)

All gifs courtesy of giphy.

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About the Author

A sucker for air fare sales to Asia and a good story, I've eaten my body weight in Philippine chicken, trekked the highlands of Myanmar and practiced with a very legit yogi in India. He could stand on his head for three hours. I once got lost in a rainforest in El Salvador and found myself eating burritos with a corn farmer. To me, travel means bantering with tuk tuk/moto/jeepeney drivers, mosquito bites and coconuts. But never socks and sandals, not when travelling, not ever.



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