30 Photos of Life in Motion

A seat with a view.

“Journeys are the midwives of thought,” said Alain de Botton in The Art of Travel. “Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train.” Indeed, some of our favorite travel memories are of the moments in transit: the anticipation of touching down in a new airport, the bone-rattling foreign tuk-tuk rides, the changes in landscape as you traverse a country by train. “At the end of hours of train-dreaming, we may feel we have been returned to ourselves – that is, brought back into contact with emotions and ideas of importance to us,” Botton said. Let this photo collection of scenes from planes, trains, and automobiles take you on a mental journey, and allow your thoughts to roam free.

(above) Reymert, Arizona, USA

Barcelona, Spain

London, England

Valle d’Aosta, Italy

Estrella, Arizona, USA

Malla, Spain

Baghdad, Iraq

Cebu, Philippines

Fuefuki-shi, Japan


Arnessysla, Iceland

Bangalore, India

Mt. Fuji, Japan

Glasgow, Scotland

Punta Cana, Mexico

Naperville, Illinois, USA

Copenhagen, Denmark

Lima, Peru

Madrid, Spain

Bangkok, Thailand

Venice, Italy

Edinburgh, Scotland

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

San Francisco, California, USA


Costanero Norte, Chile

Transsiberian Railway, Russia

Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska, USA

Montevideo, Uruguay

Chicago, Illinois, USA


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Jessica Marati

Jessica Marati currently resides in New York City and covers travel and sustainability for EcoSalon. Catch her weekly column, Behind the Label.