By 2020, the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization estimates only 7% of the world will travel internationally.
An Indian man traveled from India to Sweden on a bicycle to meet his Swedish wife in 1978. The journey took him 4 months and through eight countries.
A 21-year old Sacramento college student boarded the wrong plane in Los Angeles and found himself en route to Aukland, New Zealand instead of Oakland, CA. The accents of the airline staff resulted in the word “Aukland” being pronounced as “Oakland” which confused the flyer.
In 1994 a 74 year old man unable to get a driver’s license drove 240 miles on a 1966 John Deere lawnmower to visit his brother who recently had a stroke. At a top speed of 5 mph, the journey took 6 weeks.
Albert Podell spent 50 years and $300,000 visiting every country on earth. Along the way he ate mice and live monkey brains, and was almost lynched. He rates each country according to the quality of their toilet paper.
For 15 euros, you can use a zipline to travel from Spain to Portugal.
In 2003, a man mailed himself to Texas from New York.
John Gilpin, an amateur photographer, was testing his new camera lens at the airport and caught a 14 year old boy falling from the wheel well of Japan Air Lines DC-8. This is a case of a stowaway trying to fly around the world for free for a vacation. There were over 96 documented incidents since 1946 and only 24% have survived. Most die immediately after the landing gear goes up and crushes them or freeze to death or die of no oxygen. A kid recently survived somehow but was unconscious the entire time. They found him wandering the tarmac after the plane landed.
Despite the existence of the Pan-American Highway, it is not possible to drive between South America and Central America in a normal passenger car. Swamps, indigenous peoples, FARC rebels, and environmental considerations have left the 100-km “Darién Gap” undeveloped.
For $25,000 you can go on a three weeks cruise to the North Pole on the Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy.