In 1987, Steve Rothstein purchased an AAirpass ticket for $233,509. During the 10 years Rothstein owned the pass, he flew more than 10 million miles, earned over 40 million frequent flier miles (all of which he gave away) and made more than 500 trips to England, costing the company $21 million. It was only revoked because he was approaching other random people at the airport and offering them his companion flight (which he paid $150,000 for).
Any U.S citizen travelling in Austria who find themselves in distress can enter any McDonald’s in the country and the staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services.
In 1903 two men and a dog used 800 gallons of gas and spent/lost $8000 over 63 days to travel from San Francisco to New York in a car with no roof or windshield to win a $50 bet that they never collected. That was the first transcontinental trip across the United States in an automobile.
“Begpackers” are mainly white young travelers who beg or sell cheap trinkets on Asian streets to live on.
There is a German settlement in the jungles of Peru called Pozuzo that was established in 1859 by around 150 German/Austrian settlers. They were completely cut off from both their Homeland and the rest of Peru for 120 years. They were able to do this by being completely self sufficient. This is how Pozuzo looks like today.
The longest taxi journey was a 13 month long roadtrip around the world. They travelled across four continents and 50 different countries in a black cab. The journey cost 100 000$.
Grandma Gatewood hiked the 2,200 mile Appalachian trail at 55 bringing only Converse shoes, an army blanket and a plastic shower curtain after reading about it in a magazine and telling her children she was going for a walk. She hiked it again at 72 and 75.
In 2015, Norma Bauerschmidt, a 90 years old woman was diagnosed with cancer. Instead of starting treatment, she, her son, daughter-in-law, and dog, went on a year long road trip around the US, travelling 13,000 miles around 32 states.
In 1999 an engineer earned $150,000 in air miles by buying 12,150 cups of pudding worth $3000.