Category Archives: History

Motivation to Dream (and Act) as a Travel Writer

Personal desire is the best motivator for exploring and writing about a place.  After all, if you want to be there — if you’re truly interested and engaged — you’ve a better chance of communicating  your experiences.  Care about the places … Continue reading

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Race Around the World in 1889: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland

Here’s a book about adventure travel that I thoroughly enjoyed  — terrific read, thrilling trip, adventurous women — what more could one want!  Eighty Days takes its title from Jules Verne‘s serialized novel Around the World in Eighty Days, published in book … Continue reading

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Panama Canal :: Do It Yourself

Viewing the Panama Canal from a cruise ship might not be the best vista.   Canal bound cruise ships are so large and the decks so far above the water line that you can’t see the interesting activity below in … Continue reading

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Travel Adventure Film Makers from Long Ago

Exploring my vast collection of postcards, I found a postcard from the collection of the Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas.  The card displays young women of the Lumbwa Tribe in full body draping and head coverings … Continue reading

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A Midsummer Trip to the Tropics

Lafcadio Hearn is one of the more intriguing travel writers I’ve read. He ended up as a revered professor of literature in Japan. During the 1870s – 1880s, he roamed the U.S. and Caribbean for many years and worked as … Continue reading

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