From more than 8,000 entries American Way chose these five masters of the travel universe. Read on to see how they juggle work, family, and travel with humor and style.
We embarked on this year's Road Warrior Search with some trepidation. It would be the second time we asked American Way readers to share their travel stories and philosophies, with the inducement of a Grand Prize Lincoln Navigator. Like last year, we wanted to find active business travelers with wit and wisdom to share with other readers. But what if finding last year's slate of winners was nothing but beginner's luck?
We need not have worried. This time out, we collected 8,000-plus entries, over a thousand more than last year, and they were as thoughtful - and thought-provoking - as the previous set.
And as diverse: We heard from a rabbi, a priest, doctors, lawyers, consultants, artists, social workers, military personnel, even a professional clown. Our entrants quoted Eliot and Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Calvin and Hobbes; they made us laugh and touched us with their philosophical musings; they gave us enough travel advice to fill an encyclopedia.
It took months to read them all and whittle our favorites down to a list of 20 finalists. Then, after we subjected each finalist to an audiotaped question-and-answer session, the judges listened to the interviews to choose five winners. While all 20 clearly had mastered the Road Warrior lifestyle, each of the winners had that certain something that put him or her on top.
In the following, you'll meet the five winners and more than a dozen other finalists. Who knows, perhaps next year you'll be among them.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER - KARL MEYER
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