Tourism has been around since antiquity—the earliest guidebook, The Description of Greece, was written by Greek geographer Pausanias around A.D. 160—but travel is timeless. A handful of history’s boldest travelers staged epic journeys that crossed new lands, broke cultural barriers, and revealed the radical diversity of the world around us. In doing so, these trailblazers confirmed that wanderlust is part of the human condition. “Curiosity is the one thing invincible in nature,” wrote explorer Freya Stark—one of ten travelers whose intrepid itineraries left the world a better place. —By George W. Stone

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vimuth kogge
vimuth kogge

It is great to read this artical, They are true Heros, that spared the cutural, natural & geographical sense. really want to be traveler..

Michael Tomlin
Michael Tomlin

Homer was a great Greek poet... I am greek myself... However if Homer was alive I am sure he might find me interesting to say the least.... Author Michael T..... Of a true Fiction to Non Fiction story Power Outage.... On sale at Amazon Books..... E-book

Nick Gravanis
Nick Gravanis

"Homer was like Shakespeare"... come on! Homer invented Shakespeare.

shaji jacob
shaji jacob

Hats off to Jefferson. Let the present day politicians learn from him... 

Vasiliy Panchenko
Vasiliy Panchenko

...Thomas Jefferson connects us with our lovely vine, with our desired

green 100-backs, with our dangerous (or not) lightning conductor (rod),

with our travel-companion and climatemaker Golfstreem, he was first

who discovered 'from where money (capital) is'...

Sonia Anne Ellem
Sonia Anne Ellem

"the first Westerner to reach a number of southern Arabian desert regions", quite an achievement, sad her story is known more widely.

Sajid Masood
Sajid Masood

The Great Explorer ever Ibn e Batuta(ابن بطوبہ). Covered almost 120,000 km and 44 countries of modren World. It would be great if he met Marco polo.

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