Up In the Air (George Clooney)- Disconnected Businessman: This is a guy you can relate to. Hard working, first class traveling man disconnected from his personal life. His job requires firing people and being cold-hearted and that in turn has spread into his family life. He misses out on life and marriage, and most importantly love. Don't let the hard work fool you. The guy gets the best hotels, best meals, best car rentals, but it comes at a price. I am not a traveling businessman, but I can relate to George's traveling persona. Consumed in business and disconnected to his family, there isn't anyone who understands him. His job forces him on the road too much and that in turn makes him feel abandoned. He's a workaholic struggling to re-gain the emotional balance in his life. The lesson (I guess) is to never lose connection to those that mean the most in your life.
Into the Wild (Emile Hirsch)- Minimalist Adventurer: Here's a kid who had (seemingly) everything and gave it up. Gave up the money, the family, and the car all to live the life of a nomad. I mean I like budget traveling, but this is extreme. I guess when we have nothing its when we truly learn who we are. In world full of gadgets and meetings and lunch breaks, the lesson is to not lose yourself. Learn who you are and what makes you happy. Happiness is different for everyone and lacks definition. That is the beauty of it. Don't be afraid to explore and live outside your comfort zone. I don't I would hitchhike across America, but who's to say you wouldn't?
Crazy Heart (Jeff Bridges)- Indulgent Roadie: Here's a guy that's been living life pretty hard for way too long. Rolling around playing small time gigs for small money, his career (as well as his life) are on the edge. This guy represents the small town folk. He shows people the heartache and the reality of life on the road. Rolling around in his truck going from gig to gig ain't easy, especially when you've been doing it for years. The lesson here is there is hope. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how down you can be, if you work hard enough you will catch a break.
Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens)- Dreaming Man Child:
We all wanted that bike. You can admit it. Who needs a car when your bike kicks that much ass? Its almost as if he had no idea he was supposed to grow up. Who needs reality? Not Pee Wee. If you're over 30 and you dream of a life with no job, no bills, no kids, and no mortgage then this is all you. Its like how long can you delay any responsibility? Sounds like a dream world to me, albeit unobtainable. Well, one can dream...can't we?
So who is your traveling persona?