I don't think I'm the only one whose thoughts have turned to spring breaks and vacations. Since I won't be taking one next month, I thought I'd escape on a fictional vacation and celebrate the road trip romance. Remember the movies It Happened One Night  or Romancing the Stone ? Think of those in book form: a (usually harrowing) physical journey is accompanied by an emotional journey, played for either laughs or adventure. I particularly enjoy the historical versions, because you're travelling though another time, as well as another place.