For a really different driving holiday, why not try off-road adventuring on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. But you don’t have to use your own vehicle as the folks at Wide Open Excursions will put you behind the wheel of one of their 35 custom-built, open-wheel Baja racers similar to those competing in various desert races staged each year in California, Nevada and Mexico. An experienced group instructor communicates via a two-way radio that’s built into each student’s helmet and continually advises on conditions ahead as well as how to drive these 175-horse Subaru-powered buggies in a safe, but fast manner. Prices start at $530 per person for a one-third day session, up to $5,500 for a four-day event (transportation extra). Get all the particulars and make reservations at

An off-road dream