Go on an Epic Trip and We'll Tell You Which Movie Genre Is Most Like Your Life

By: Mark Lichtenstein
Estimated Completion Time
6 min
Go on an Epic Trip and We'll Tell You Which Movie Genre Is Most Like Your Life
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About This Quiz

Movies and travel are inextricably entwined. In a film, serendipity is an essential part of the narrative. Even the term serendipity comes from travel. Horace Walpole first coined the term, referencing the story "The Three Princes of Serendip" (an old name for Sri Lanka), in which the protagonists keep making discoveries by accident. In books on screenwriting like "The Writer's Journey" (by Christopher Vogler) the heroic narrative structure is referred to as a "heroic journey." In this arc, the hero begins in a "place" called "the ordinary world" and journeys (sometimes metaphorically) to "the special world" where much of the story takes place. The final part of the story is when the hero, having achieved his or her mission, returns to "the ordinary world" with the talisman, insight, or wisdom won in "the special world." Isn't that why everyone likes to travel? Don't we visit faraway lands to experience new things and to come home with memories that help us appreciate our ordinary lives in a new way?

Travel choices say a lot about the traveler's regular life. People who live in cold climates often choose to visit tropical islands to relax in the warmth. Families like to visit places that will keep the children entertained. Some adventurous types who work relatively mundane lives prefer to go to places where they can climb mountains, spelunk into caves, or taste exotic or dangerous food.

If a vacation is a reflection of one's life, then the life of the traveler can be unwound from its details. People go on holidays for adventures they won't have at home, so quite often their home life is the opposite of the trip's apparent theme. Tell us the details of your dream epic journey and, hand in hand with Joseph Campbell's "Hero With A Thousand Faces" we will work out what movie genre permeates your life at home.

Would you go on a trip alone?
No, I'd need a small crowd with me.
No, I'd bring one other person.
I'd go alone.
I'd have to bring all my friends.

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Do you mind a little danger on your trip?
I don't mind at all.
Only emotional danger
I crave danger.
No, I'd rather just see the safe sights.

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How do you arrange for plane tickets for your trip?
I impulse buy them on the day.
I plan them a year in advance.
I buy six weeks out, when prices are at their lowest.
I buy them a couple months out.

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How far do you want to travel?
Not far
I need to cross the country, at least.
All the way around the world
I need to cross an ocean.

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How likely are you to visit a warm climate?
Not likely
Very likely
Somewhat likely. It depends on what culture is there.
I will only go someplace warm.

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Do you yearn for adventure on the high seas?
Only if it's a cruise
Only if it's on a yacht
No
Only if it's in the Caribbean

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Do you like SCUBA diving?
It doesn't sound relaxing to me.
No, that sounds lonely.
Sure, that sounds interesting.
No, I'm frightened of that.

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Do you think going someplace cold would be cool?
Only if it's a resort.
If I could meet someone cool there, I'd like that.
If it were strikingly beautiful.
No, thank you!

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Do you plan on skiing?
Only after a few drinks
I'd rather snowboard.
I'm just here for the views.
No, I'll just hole up in a chalet.

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Would you go someplace where you don't speak the language?
Gladly
Don't be silly. Everyone speaks English.
Only if the language lacks a word for happiness.
Only if it's a language that doesn't make everyone sound like they're angry all the time.

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Would you want to bring a translation device with you?
No, I'm fully analog.
No, I'll hire a translator.
No, I'll bring a badly written phrasebook.
Yes, but it wouldn't translate into English.

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Do you plan to spend your trip relaxing?
No, I want to spend it learning.
I want to relax with other stressed out people.
I want to spend it in quiet contemplation.
I just need to sleep peacefully.

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Do you want to work up a sweat mountain climbing?
Only if I'm being led by an earnest sherpa.
No, I'm bad at sweating.
I'll go if I can experience the wisdom of the holy man who lives atop the mountain.
Can I go alone, without a flashlight?

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Does abseiling into a cave sound like a good way to get down?
Is it a natural wonder? Sounds good to me!
No, that sounds scary.
Will I be researching an ancient civilization?
That sounds marvelous! Is it a haunted cave?

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Do you mind having to do a lot of driving around an unfamiliar environment?
I'll do that anywhere. Stick me in Afghanistan with a pickup and a map and I'm good.
Only if it's with a member of the gender I'm attracted to, but who I can't stand for some superficial reason.
If it's really picturesque and full of earnest, hard-working folks.
Can it be a spooky forest?

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Do you plan on doing any auto racing while abroad?
Only in historically significant racers
Can I have a cute driving instructor?
If it's really dangerous, then I'm up for it.
Will I be driving a car that runs on human entrails?

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Do you want to try a strange sport like Buzkashi when abroad?
Yes, for the sake of the historical record.
No way! That sounds barbaric!
I will if it will mean that I am accepted by the natives.
Only Buzkashi, and nothing else.

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Do you want to go someplace where conditions aren't too comfy?
I'll brave any environment.
You mean like, having to sleep in the same room as a stranger?
I've slept through aerial bombardments, I'll be fine.
Like a haunted mansion? Sure.

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Do you want to go someplace remote?
I want to go someplace where no one has ever been before.
I want to go to an exotic resort, but nothing remote.
If there's something special there, like a cure for cancer or the like.
Only if it has creaky floorboards and is built on a burial ground.

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Do you want to get spiritual on your trip?
No, I'm just an observer.
Only if it will unite me with my true love.
If it will free me of my terrible demons.
When I'm around spiritual things, bad things happen.

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Do you want to make friends with the natives?
"Friends" is a strong word. I want to build trust.
If there are any cute ones who might make me an honest man/woman/other.
If it balances the scales against the terrible things I've done.
If it will save me from the terrible fate that would otherwise await me.

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Do you want to meet fellow travelers while abroad?
I'd rather not.
Only single ones
No, they remind me too much of the world I'm leaving behind.
If they have good intentions.

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Do you want to bring your significant other with you?
Yes, if they don't mind me doing my thing.
I don't have one to bring, tragically.
I can't bear to look them in the eye.
I'm worried that if I did, something bad would happen to them.

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Do you want to bring your friends with you?
I'll need my crew with me.
I'll bring my sassy best friend.
I'll bring my old war buddy. They need this as much as I do.
I'll bring three, so if something bad happens to one of them, I'll have time to get out.

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Would you travel for a specific event, like a music festival?
Of course!
I'm more likely to go to something more exclusive.
I might if it would take my mind off my demons.
Oooh, that sounds like it could really go sideways.

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Would you travel to meet a specific person, like a teacher or an artist?
They'd have to be very interesting.
Are they single?
I'd be happy to, if their wisdom would be helpful in my life.
Possibly, if they know how to banish deadites.

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How essential would modern electronics be on your trip?
Very
I'll forego all of it, except for my phone.
I'll bury all my electronics before I leave.
I just need a night light.

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Could you get through your trip without taking any pictures?
No, that is the whole point of travel!
I need to at least take pictures of myself in my swim clothes.
Yes, I can't bear to look at pictures anymore.
I could do with a few happy memories, so no.

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Would you be willing to step out of your comfort zone and into strange local traditions?
Of course
That depends on how strange. If it shakes me out of my middle class sensibilities and lets me enjoy life, I'll consider it.
I need something to heal my soul, so if it will do that, I'm game.
No thank you!

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Do you want to come home a changed person?
No. Just a learned one.
I want to come back a married person.
I want to come back whole.
I don't know if I want to come back at all!

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