There is something about maps that inspires wonder, excitement, and possibility. But with today’s heavy reliance on GPS units, satellites, radar, and other technological advances to the world of travel, much of the mystery and allure of stepping out into the unknown has been lost. It has become so easy to just hop into a car, fire up the GPS on the dash, and let it take us on the quickest route to where we are going, that to imagine a trip around the country or across the world using little else besides a map, skill, courage, daring, and intuition seems nearly impossible. The thrill of the journey has largely been sacrificed in favor of the fastest possible arrival at the destination. But for those of you still feeling the lure of the open road and craving a time where danger and the unknown went hand in hand with travel, we’ve got just the thing for you. Good Magazine has created an interactive infographic which lets you trace 23 of the most famous journeys of all time, both real and fictional. You can trace the footsteps, road trips, flight paths and ocean routes of such famous travelers as Kerouac, Kesey, Earhart, Lindbergh, Hudson, Ahab and Ishmael, Magellan and many more. Follow the maps, learn about the travelers, and see images of the trips and let Good Magazine feed your wanderlust.
Explore the World Before Lunch
October 5, 2009