Travel seems like such a foreign concept to most of us these days. But as countries begin relaxing their travel restrictions, our bucket list destinations are once again becoming realistic options for future trips. And in the spirit of our world slowly returning to some sense of normalcy, let’s take a look at one of John Wayne’s favorite hobbies.
That’s right. John Wayne was a worldly traveler. One of his favorite destinations? Mexico. Why? Well, partly because of his yacht, the Wild Goose. The 136-foot remodeled Navy ship was one of Duke’s prized possessions, and he could take it wherever his heart desired. Must have been nice.
“Anyone else getting excited to travel again? Duke loved to travel all over the world and one of his favorite places to visit was Mexico. He’s pictured here in Acapulco in the late 1940s, where he owned a hotel called Hotel Los Flamingos with his friend Johnny Weissmuller, who played Tarzan,” the caption read.
Many of us can relate to the travel bug when it strikes. That urge to drop whatever it is that you’re doing and just go somewhere. The destination doesn’t even matter sometimes. But imagine having the Wild Goose at your disposal. The world becomes your oyster.
And what better place for iconic western star John Wayne to love visiting than ol’ Mexico. Our neighbors to the South are rich in culture, have fantastic food, and the country features prominently in many a Civil War-era Western.
John Wayne Spent Much of his Acting Career in Mexico
It’s probably good that John Wayne appreciated traveling so much because the life of an actor is one that tends to lead far from home. While his occupation took him all over the world, one place proved more significant than others.
Over the course of his career, the Duke filmed numerous movies in Mexico. He made a handful of them in a town called Chupaderos, located in Durango. The town itself was basically an evolving movie set, rebuilding itself for each new project. In a 1998 article from the Associated Press, a woman from the town is quoted talking about John Wayne.
“John Wayne spoke bad Spanish but he stopped to talk to everyone anyway. He was a beautiful person. He did more for this town than anyone,” Francisca Egure Flores said.
Maybe his Spanish improved as the years went on.