Travel

Dire Straits

The duplicitous, disloyal, callous and cruel Ferdinand Magellan.

The Road less Travelled

Female explorers of the 19th century demolished Victorian notions of stay-at home women. But why were they so vehemently anti-feminist? The case of Mary Wollstonecraft may hold the answer. 

The New Tourists

The visitors’ books of 19th-century hotels, pubs and inns show Victorians on holiday, revealing them to be irreverent pleasure seekers, capable of highfalutin pomposity and touristic wrath.

Here be Dragomans

For wealthy tourists travelling to the Middle East in the 19th century, the services of a dragoman were an essential purchase. Yet the often difficult lives of these local agents and guides remain elusive. 

East Africa’s Tourist War

A newly independent Tanganyika hoped to capture part of the lucrative European market for African tourism. But its rivalry with neighbouring Kenya proved an obstacle.

Pilgrims Processed

Muslims from Asia who wished to travel to Mecca on the Hajj were exploited by a trade in human cargo that grew with the opening of the Suez Canal.

Switzerland’s Nation of Hoteliers

At the turn of the 20th century, Switzerland embraced the Grand Hotel. The First World War brought one golden age of hotels to an end, ushering in a new, more uncertain one.