“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Famous Travellers

National Geographic has just published an article on travellers. It covers Homer (8th C BC), Xuanzang (602-664), Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Freya Stark (1893-1993), Michael Palin (1943-present), and Kira Salak (1971-present), which I thought was an interesting selection. What happened to Ibn Battuta, Marco Polo, Fahien, Hieun Tsang, Anthony Jenkinson, Captain Muraviev, Arminius Vambery, Mark Twain, Frederick Burnaby, Lawrence of Arabia, Henry Stanley, Dr. Livingstone, Ferdinand Magellan and the other conquistadors? What about more modern women like Ella Christie, Agatha Christie, Jane Digby, Gertrude Bell, Amelia Earhart, Mary Kingsley, etc?

Here's someone else's attempt to log famous travellers, although it only has 8 names. Other lists are incomplete and limited!

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