“Excursion: Four Ways to Travel the World” (in Dragon  #345) offers up four ready-to-use conveyances for fantasy campaigns: an oceangoing trader, a gnomish balloon, an overland caravan and a submarine, all illustrated by the fabulous Jeff Carlisle .
When I wrote this article, the idea was twofold: to give GMs the complete package for each vehicle, including a detailed description, background elements, NPC info and adventure hooks, and to present players with four potential “home bases” to pique their interest.
I’ve been reading Dragon since I was 12, and actually being in it is a pretty amazing feeling. More importantly, though, I think (I hope!) you’ll find this article useful.