Dream vacations

Julia Butterfly Hill, James Hillman, Ann Bancroft, Michael Franti, and Alison Bechdel plan the perfect trip. Plus: Expedition tips from experts.

| July/August 2001


REAL TRIPS SECTION

Real Travel
-Joe Robinson

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Humanity
-Cindy Ovenrack

Dream Vacations
-Andy Steiner

(print only) Thailand On 500 Baht A Day
-Decca Aitkenhead

Please Stay Home
-Karen Olson

Let’s Go—Podunk
-Jon Spayde

Rough Guide To Your Own Backyard
-Chris Dodge

(print only) I Disagreed
-Christopher Reid

(print only) Globetrotter Dogma
-Bruce Northam

Road Reads
Utne Staff



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Everyone fantasizes about setting out for uncharted territories, places they’ve always wanted to visit. Everyone, that is, but the few people lucky or brave or accomplished enough to make travel a regular part of their lives and work. What do they dream of? To find out, we interviewed five well-traveled visionaries. Their responses remind us that it isn’t such a small world after all. By Andy Steiner

ANN BANCROFT (polar explorer)

NORTHERN SOUTH AFRICA

Ann Bancroft has been to the ends of the earth. Literally. So you have to wonder if she has any vacation fantasies left to entertain.

'Actually, there are quite a few places I haven’t been to yet,' Bancroft says, just a few weeks after returning from Antarctica, where she and expedition partner Liv Arneson became the first women to ski across the continent. 'I haven’t been to China or the Middle East or India. So there’s still a lot of the world left for me to explore.I have been to Africa, but one place I’d really like to spend more time in is the northern reaches of South Africa.Welaunched our latest trip from the Capetown area, and it was so beautiful that Liv and I both said we’d love to go back and do some hiking in the north of the country someday.'

As a child, Bancroft lived awhile in East Africa, where her parents worked for the Presbyterian Church. That early taste of travel sprouted a lifelong passion for exploring new lands. Bancroft applies the experience of her expeditions to the rest of her life, even in travels to less-exotic locales. 'When you have time in a place, the layers start to appear,' she says. 'Getting the opportunity to spend more time somewhere is really a privilege. You get to uncover layers you didn’t know existed. There is a bigger story out there than what we hear or see or assume.'



Travel tip: Pack the one thing from home that will make you feel comfortable. 'Maybe an old sweatshirt or a photograph. It helps you remember where you’re from, even when you’re far away.'

ALISON BECHDEL
(creator of the cartoon strip 'Dykes to Watch Out For')