Travelling Illustrations

  • world mapAt the company water cooler, I bragged about my children's world travels: one son was teaching in Bolivia, another was working in southern Italy, and my daughter was completing a year-long research project in India.

    One co-worker's quip, however, stopped me short. "What is it about you," he asked, "that makes your kids want to get so far away?"

  • newspaper1Ernest Shackleton's recruiting advertisement for his 1912 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition:

    "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success."

    If Shackleton were advertising today:

    "Members wanted for adventure trek. Low cost, cool sights, lots of fun nights, thrills galore, insurance available. Get your picture in 'Outdoor' magazine."

  • sign fork in roadA tourist on his way to Tuscaloosa came to a fork in the road and stopped. There was no sign indicating which route went where.

    Spotting a boy by the road, he yelled out, "Hey, kid, does it matter which road I take to Tuscaloosa?"

    "Not to me it don't." replied the boy.

  • luggage tagMr. Smith was a traveling salesman and frequent flyer, so he was always very careful to mark his luggage so that no one would mistakenly take his bags.

    He always did this with bright ribbons and tape, so he was quite surprised to see his bags grabbed by a well-dressed man when he got to the luggage carousel.

    Mr. Smith walked over to the fellow and pointed out the colored ribbons tied to the handle, and the fluorescent tape on the sides.

    "I believe that luggage is mine. Were your bags marked like this?" he asked.

    "Actually," the man replied, "I was wondering who did this to my luggage."