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But where should you draw the line? You don’t like the death penalty in the USA? Maybe you shouldn’t spend your tourist dollars there either (or shouldn’t go to the states where it’s permitted). Historically, Australia hasn’t been kind to Aboriginals. The Brazilians are wiping out the Amazonian rainforest. The Turks, Iraqis, Armenians, Iranians and Azerbaijanis have it in for the Kurds. The Norwegians and Japanese are hunting whales. The more you think about traveling ethically, the trickier it gets. Just about every country on the planet has dozens of skeletons in the closet if you choose to look closely enough. And once you start down that path, it’s hard to know where to stop. It becomes a very personal decision, with few whites and blacks, just a vast collection of greys. The best thing to do is arm yourself with as much information as possible, and pass on what you learn to others.

Lansky, Doug. The Rough Guide to First-Time Around The World. Rough Guides Limited, 2013.

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Phileas Fogg had won his wager, and had made his journey around the world in eighty days. To do this, he had employed every means of conveyance -steamers, railways, carriages, yachts, trading-vessels, sledges, elephants. The eccentric gentleman had throughout displayed all his marvellous qualities of coolness and exactitude. But what then? What had he really gained by all this trouble? What had he brought from his long and weary journey?

Nothing, say you? Perhaps so; nothing but a charming woman, who, strange as it may appear, made him the happiest of men!

Truly, would you not for less than that make the tour around the world?

Verne, Jules. Around the world in eighty days. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1873.

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The curiosity of the Moorish ladies had been very troublesome to me ever since my arrival at Benowm ; and on the evening of the 25th (whether from the instigation of others, or impelled by their own ungovernable curiosity, or merely out of frolic, I cannot affirm), a party of them came into my hut, and gave me plainly to understand that the object of their visit was to ascertain, by actual inspection, whether the rite of circumcision extended to the Nazarenes (Christians), as well as to the followers of Mahomet. The reader will easily judge of my surprise at this unexpected declaration; and in order to avoid the proposed scrutiny, I thought it best to treat the business jocularly. I observed to them, that it was not customary in my country to give ocular demonstration in such cases, before so many beautiful women ; but that if all of them would retire, except the young lady to whom I pointed (selecting the youngest and handsomest), I would satisfy her curiosity. The ladies enjoyed the jest, and went away laughing heartily ; and the young damsel herself to whom I had given the preference (though she did not avail herself of the privilege of inspection), seemed no way displeased at the compliment, for she soon afterwards sent me some meal and milk for my supper.

Mungo Park. The Travels of Mungo Park. New York: J. M. Dent & co., E. P. Dutton & co., 1907.

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I had observed that most people who wrote stories of travel journeyed over the country in firstclass coaches. They visited only the great cities and points of known interest. . . . Their stories are of beaten paths and, dress them as artistically and originally as they may, they are only telling a tale that has been told. While making no particular claim to superiority in writing, I thought by assuming the garb of a sailor and traveling as one of the plain, everyday toilers I could get closer to nature and her children and tell a story of our country such as had never been told.

Krohn, John Albert. The Walk of Colonial Jack; a Story of a Long-Distance Walker. Keane, N.H.: Printed by the Cheshire republican, 1910.

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Nothing in the world is so incomprehensible as the attraction of sex. Age, quality, appearance, learning, position, or wealth, have nothing to do with it whatever. Sex attracts like a magnet ; but, unlike a magnet, one cannot say how or why, or name the cause of this power.


Tweedie, Ethel Brilliana. Women the World over. London: Hutchinson & co., 1914.

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Before we enter upon a recital of the great expeditions of the eighteenth century, we shall do well to chronicle the immense progress made during that period by the sciences. They rectified a crowd of prejudices and established a solid basis for the labours of astronomers and geographers. If we refer them solely to the matter before us, they radically modified cartography, and ensured for navigation a security hitherto unknown.

 

Verne Jules, Celebrated Travels and Travellers Part 2. The Great Navigators of the Eighteenth Century, London, Sampson Low, 1882.

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