The Dakar Rally places its pilots in a hostile environment, surrounded by support vehicles, satellite tracking and a displacement of logistic means that emulates that of a military campaign. But it is clear that we are talking about a race: it is about getting from point A to point B in the shortest possible time, saving mainly deserts of sand and rocks. The fastest wins, the one that best withstands the inclemency of a land that is anything but firm and flat. It is an adventure of endurance and skill, but it is not a journey and never intended to be.
Personally, I think that projects such as “By any means” (and, to some extent, the other two that I mentioned earlier and that inspired their corresponding books and series for the small screen) have more career than travel, media show That of adventure, with sponsors and television producers involved.
It is not about landing in a foreign country in loincloths, with a multi-purpose Victorinox and a canteen, without knowing what the capital is, the name of the local currency or as it says "Hello" in the corresponding language. But if I don't call that crazy unpredictability to travel, I don't do it with anyone who carries a logistic support vehicle with media or dreamed up by the local mechanic shops, doesn't spend more than one night in the same place, dedicates most of the day to drive or be driven and relates superficially to people who literally cross the road.
When you leave home, take it easy, that the best thing about a trip is sometimes not in the destination, but in the way (and time) we use and it takes to reach it.