We originally wrote this for the legends at Geckos Adventures.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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: