5 Trips Where The Journey IS The Destination

We have all heard the famous quote/cliché “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey” which has been twisted and reworded in a thousand ways – and many of us would agree.

Here are some trips where the transport and the journey really is the destination…

Vintage Luxury On A Train

There is something special about train travel, something which we personally prefer over any other type of transport.

You can sit for hours on end just enjoying the views from the window – but with the Orient Express trains, train travel takes on a different twist.

Their luxury trains are far from the normal trains people take; you’ve got entertainment, glamorous bar cars, 5-star cuisine served in the dining cars, an observation deck and more – for us it was one of the most luxurious journeys we’ve ever made.

Take The Bus Through Paradise

One of the most beautiful bus journeys we’ve ever made was to the Milford Sounds in New Zealand – the purpose of the journey is to take a cruise on the Milford Sounds, but to get there from Queenstown takes 8 hours, which is a very long journey.

On the plus side, the bus travels through some of the most amazing landscapes of the country, and stops in several places so you can get off, take short walks in the forests and enjoy the scenery.

The trip is cheap so it’s definitely doable for budget travelers.

South Africa By River & Rail

With Marco Polo Club you get to travel through Botswana, Zambia and South Africa, discovering their many wonders in very different ways; a houseboat, a 4×4 vehicle, on foot, from above in a helicopter and on a luxury vintage train..!

With so many different types of transport, you really get to see these countries from completely different perspectives. Imagine waking up on a house boat and spend your breakfast watching the scenery going past you on the Chobe River.

The Longest Railway In The World

Traveling on the Trans-Siberian railway is among the most common dreams on peoples’ bucket lists, including ours.

This has to be one of the most adventurous train journeys in the world, but I don’t know if I would be able to handle traveling the entire length of it, but I would definitely take it for 5 days or so.

Taking this trip is not the same as the pre-organized tours on the Orient Express. This involves a lot of planning on your own, especially if you plan to get off at different stops along the way.

Mekong River Cruising

During your river cruise, fascinating lectures will be given by historians and local guides. Gain insight into the Angkor period of Cambodia, as well as the harsh regime of the Khmer Rouge.

Learn about local customs and discover the history behind the Vietnam War. By night, the Saigon Lounge becomes a musical theatre presenting a program of the local cultures.

Many of the musical evenings are interactive. Learning about traditions and local customs will undoubtedly enhance your appreciation of the places you are visiting.

You can also experience entertainment at sea aboard Pacific Jewel Cruises that you never thought possible – the dazzling selection available to you will no doubt become one of the most memorable occasions of your cruise experience.

What is your favorite trip when the journey is the highlight?

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5 Responses to 5 Trips Where The Journey IS The Destination

  1. Pretraveller October 25, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Whether you go in a bus or drive yourself (like we did) the road to Milford Sound is spectacular! There is amazing scenery along eh way, and the journey through the Homer Tunnel feels a bit risky, and then the switchbacks down the hill (in our case while snow was falling).

    And then you finally arrive at beautiful Milford Sound, where you see that famous view of Mitre Peak from the boat cruise terminal…

    Just do it!! (And i want to go on the Trans-Siberian and Mekong…)

    • Sofia October 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      It is incredibly beautiful. We went there in late spring, but I can imagine that ever season would be just as beautiful. Renting a car and drive there yourself sounds like a great idea.

      • Lauriane October 28, 2012 at 11:48 am #

        Milford Sound is stunning all year round. I lived and worked there for a while, and I never got tired of the fjord. In the winter, the mountains are covered in snow which is beautiful, but it is equally beautiful in the summer too!
        And if you’re able to spend some money and the wheather’s good, I strongly recommand taking a flight back to Queenstown, it is one of the best memories I have of the place!!

        • Sofia October 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

          Thanks for the tip Lauriane, I’ve heard helicopter rides are pretty popular too, it would be an awesome experience.

  2. Jack November 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Ferry journeys between any of the islands in Croatia are absolutely delightful. Patter through the country’s archipelagos on your way from one slice of heaven to another. Island hopping in Croatia is a must!