Published: September 2009ON THE ROAD
Ultimate Drives
Drives Intro
The open road beckons—to New Zealand, one of Traveler's ultimate drives.
Photo by Palani Mohan/Getty Images

I'm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, hard by the gray swell of the Chesapeake Bay. Trolling along at only 50 mph in my green 1972 MGB—with the top down—gives me the luxury of really seeing what passes. I'm on the road again. I love the primal feeling of being out, about, and able to take any route I choose. Motoring from here to there has been a part of my life ever since I remember: trips in the old Rambler from Montreal to Cape Cod while counting state license plates and overnighting in gas stations so somebody could minister to the latest breakdown; spontaneous escapes with buddies from my New Hampshire college to nearby Vermont or far, far away Mexico; retreats with my wife to some quiet place to read, restore, and reconnect; cacophonous excursions with my kids to wherever we think they can be happy; or a solo slip-away to rethink my life. Taking to the tarmac is the way to find yourself, explore new places, and connect with others. In this issue, we drive the Cotswolds, motorbike Sardinia, caravan New Zealand, and roadtrip America's great byways. Whether it's Italy or Iowa—drive on and see the world. —Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief

England's Cotswolds

Italy's Sardinia

New Zealand's South Island

Drives of a Lifetime

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