Time travel, both into the past and to the future, is a central theme in the Back to the Future universe. But you don’t need access to a time machine for an adventurous day out— if the movie series has taught us anything. All you need is a good friend and the quest for a new adventure. Here are five reasons why Back to the Future inspired a generation of adrenaline-addicted travelers.
Innovative Mode of Transport
Every travel enthusiast tries to find creative ways of traveling—whether that includes going from place to place strapped on a hot air balloon or the clever use of travel coupons, this is where Back to the Future spices things up by throwing in a hoverboard and flying cars into the mix. Of course, the only problem is that we don’t have a hoverboard that actually works or flying cars that defy gravity. But we all crave the idea of such technological marvels.
Adrenaline Filled Adventures
Marty McFly is just an average high school student with no clear view of the future. But that was until he forms a friendship with the quirky old scientist Doc Brown. The duo goes on an adventurous journey through time and risk unweaving the very fabric of time and space. While we can’t emulate this in real life, the same adrenaline rush can be mimicked by tombstoning and other similar risky activities.
Time Travelling Rocks
Time travel has so far been in the realm of fiction books and Hollywood action flicks. But every person has imagined, at least once in their life, about traveling to a far-off place— 100 years into the future or the past— and unraveling the mysteries of the place. The only problem is we don’t have the original DeLorean time machine.
Exploring New Boundaries
Back to the Future is full of misadventures that many observers would describe as recklessness. Die-hard travelers, however, would give anything to exchange roles with Marty McFly. Who doesn’t want to experience the insane surge of adrenaline rush triggered by jumping off an unforgiving speeding train in the Wild West?
Discovering New Things
Back to the Future was all about innovation and the next generation of tech. The film producers envisioned a future with accurate predictions such as high-resolution TVs, teleconferencing and touchscreen phones. It also gave us the idea of less feasible technologies such as the hoverboard that ‘flies’ a few inches off the ground unperturbed by friction and air resistance.
But perhaps more importantly, the film teaches us an important moral principle; that we can steer our own futures with responsible actions and decisions. When Doc Brown is not goofing around with his quirky gadgets, he gives his trusty sidekick useful advice— the gist of which is that you are in control of your future. So make it a good one.
Every traveler who achingly longs for their next adventure would find it useful to learn this motto.