RICHARD: I think travelling for a young girl is a very important thing. Your mother never got a chance to travel much.
RORY: I know. She talks about that all the time.
We learn that Rory longs to travel the world, and that, like Harvard, this is another of Lorelai’s dreams which was never fulfilled because she had Rory. We might well begin to wonder if Rory has any dreams of her own, or if they are all second-hand from her mother.