Whoever said “It’s the journey, not the destination” hasn’t been waylaid by Customs lately. Or paid through the nose to bring a suitcase on a plane. Or even filled up a tank of gas. The brutality of modern travel is well documented, and yet there is something incessantly compelling about that adage and the thrill of getting from point A to point B all in one piece and with a story to tell. So in the spirit of writers like Paul Theroux and Jules Verne, who famously championed an Odyssean approach to globe-trotting, what follows is an assemblage of 27 transportation-centric adventures: zooming down the dusty roads of Santa Fe, Easy Rider style; barreling across Bolivian salt flats in a four-wheel drive; sailing the Swedish coast aboard a 48-foot luxury yacht; and clinging for dear life to the back of an ostrich in South Africa among them. In other words, they’re the kinds of unconventional journeys that enhance your understanding of a place, that are adventures in and of themselves, and that guarantee at least one crazy story.
Spring Travel 2013 Reporting by Christine Ajudua, Elien Becque, Joshua M. Bernstein, Clarissa Cruz, Carrie Culpepper, Rebecca Dalzell, Alyssa Giacobbe, Nicholas Gill, Elaine Glusac, Sarah Gold, Robin Hilmantel, Chaney Kwak, Molly Langmuir, Anja Mutić, Valerie Rains, Kate Rockwood, Alex Schechter, Lauren Schwartzberg, Celia Shatzman, and Brendan Spiegel.