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.
Twice a year in Monument Valley, mitten-shaped rock formations line up with the sun as it sets, causing one to “high five” the other with its shadow.
The least-visited national park in the U.S. is the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska, which lies entirely north of the Arctic Circle and has “no established roads, trails, visitor facilities, or campgrounds.”
In 1985 two boys from Ireland managed to to sneak on to 2 trains, a ferry and a plane taking them from Dublin Ireland, through Wales and England eventually ending up in New York City.
In 1965, a homesick Welshman living in Australia, was too broke to get home. So he decided to mail himself in a crate back to the UK, only to find himself in Los Angeles by accident.
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.