Other travellers

Other travellers

  • Guru Nanak - the founder of Sikh faith, who was born in the northern part of undivided India in 1469 ad. travelled across all of South Asia (India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan), China and Middle East (Mecca, Iraq, Turkey). He even visited Vatican City (Rome). His goal was to spread the message of peace. He is believed to have received a word directly from God in 1499 after which he embarked on these journeys. He is believed to have travelled more than 28,000 km in five major tours of the world during the period from 1500 to 1524.
  • Tania Aebi – completed a solo circumnavigation of the Earth in a 26-foot sailboat between the ages of 18 and 21, starting in May 1985, making her the first American woman and the youngest person (at the time) to sail around the world.[3]
  • Dominick Arduin – a Frenchwoman who disappeared in her attempt to ski to the North Pole.
  • Abu Salim al-Ayyashi – (1628–1679) was a well-known travel writer, poet and scholar from Morocco. He wrote a two volume rihla about his journeys: Ma al-Mawaid (Table Water).
  • Francis Arundell – toured in exploration of Asia Minor in March to September 1826, and ventured again in 1833 upon another tour of 1,000 miles through districts the greater part of which had hitherto not been described by any European traveller, when he made an especial study of the ruins of Antioch in Pisidia. Two volumes describing these discoveries were published in 1834.
  • Jean Batten – became the best-known New Zealander of the 1930s, internationally, by making a number of record-breaking solo flights across the world. She made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand in 1936.
  • Ibn Battuta – Ibn Battuta (/ˌɪbənbætˈtuːtɑː/Arabicابن بطوطة‎; fully: Shams al-Dīn ʾAbū ʿAbd al-Lāh Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Lāh l-Lawātī ṭ-Ṭanǧī ibn Baṭūṭah; Arabic: شمس الدين أبو عبد الله محمد بن عبد الله اللواتي الطنجي بن بطوطة; 24 February 1304 – 1368 or 1369) was a Muslim Berber Moroccan scholar, and explorer who widely travelled the medieval world.[1][2] Over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of the Islamic world and many non-Muslim lands, including Central AsiaSoutheast AsiaIndia and China. Near the end of his life, he dictated an account of his journeys, titled A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Traveling. He travelled more than any other explorer in distance, totaling around 117,000 km, surpassing Zheng He with about 50,000 km and Marco Polo with 12,000 km.
  • Jeanne Baré – Jeanne Baret (sometimes spelled Baré or Barret) (July 27, 1740 – August 5, 1807) was a member of Louis Antoine de Bougainville's expedition on the ships La Boudeuse and Étoile in 1766–1769. Baret is recognized as the first woman to have completed a voyage of circumnavigation of the globe. Jeanne Baret joined the expedition disguised as a man, calling herself Jean Baret. She enlisted as valet and assistant to the expedition's naturalistPhilibert Commerçon (anglicized as Commerson), shortly before Bougainville's ships sailed from France. According to Bougainville's account, Baret was herself an expert botanist.
  • Benjamin of Tudela – a medieval Jewish traveler who visited Europe, Asia, and Africa in the 12th century. His vivid descriptions of western Asia preceded those of Marco Polo by a hundred years. With his broad education and vast knowledge of languages, Benjamin of Tudela is a major figure in medieval geography and Jewish history.
  • Nancy Bird Walton – a pioneering Australian aviator, and was the founder and patron of the Australian Women Pilots' Association
  • Nellie Bly – widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days
  • Prince Bojidar Karageorgevitch – a Serbian artist and writer on art, world traveller, and member of the Serbian Karađorđević dynasty
  • Renata Chlumska – an adventurer and mountain climber with dual Swedish and Czech citizenship, she became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest.
  • Zechariah Dhahiri – wrote extensively about his travels and experiences in many places, publishing them in a book which he called, Sefer Ha-Mūsar (The Book of Moral Instruction).
  • Eva Dickson – a Swedish explorer, rally driver, aviator and travel writer. She was the first woman to have crossed the Sahara desert by car.
  • Rose de Freycinet – a Frenchwoman who, in the company of her husband, Louis de Freycinet, sailed around the world between 1817 and 1820 on a French scientific expedition on a military ship, initially disguised as a man.
  • Isabel Godin des Odonais – an 18th-century woman who became separated from her husband in South America by colonial politics, and was not reunited with him until more than 20 years later. Her long journey, from western Peru to the mouth of the Amazon River, is without equal in the history of South America.
  • Sascha Grabow – a German author, traveler, photographer and former ATP tennis player
  • Guido Guerrini – first person to go from Europe to China covering the whole route by a gas-fuelled car.
  • Susan Hale – Susan Hale (December 5, 1833 – September 17, 1910) was an American author, traveler and artist. She devoted herself entirely to the art of painting in watercolors which she studied under English, French and German masters. Hale traveled extensively, sketching and visiting the galleries of the world. She was associated with her brother, the Rev. Edward Everett Hale, in the publication of The Family Flight series, which included the several countries she had visited. She also exhibited her pictures of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, of North Carolina scenery and of foreign scenes, in New York City and Boston. She edited Life and Letters of Thomas Gold Appleton (1885), and contributed numerous articles to periodicals.
  • Grace Marguerite Hay Drummond-Hay – a British journalist who was the first woman to travel around the world by air, in a Zeppelin.
  • Margaretha Heijkenskjöld – a Swedish traveler and a dress reformer. She attracted a lot of attention from her contemporaries by her journeys.
  • Gunther Holtorf – a German traveler who, often in company of his wife Christine, journeyed across the world in his G-Wagen Mercedes Benz named "Otto", visiting 179 countries in 26 years.
  • Giorgio Interiano – a Genovese traveler, historian and ethnographer. His travelogue La vita: & sito de Zichi, chiamiti ciarcassi: historia notabile[10] was among the first European accounts of the life and customs of the Circassian people.
  • John Henry Mears – set the record for the fastest trip around the world both in 1913 and 1928. He was also a Broadway producer. On 2 July 1913, he left New York City on the RMS Mauretania, then traveled by a combination of steamers, yachts, and trains to circumnavigate the Earth and reach New York City again on 6 August 1913. He had an elapsed time of 35 days, 21 hours, 35 minutes, 18 and four-fifths seconds.
  • Martin and Osa Johnson – Martin Elmer Johnson (October 9, 1884 – January 13, 1937) and his wife Osa Helen Johnson (née Leighty, March 14, 1894 – January 7, 1953) were American adventurers and documentary filmmakers. In the first half of the 20th century an American couple, Martin and Osa Johnson, captured the public's imagination through their films and books of adventure in exotic, faraway lands. Photographers, explorers, marketers, naturalists and authors, Martin and Osa studied the wildlife and peoples of East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands and British North Borneo. They explored then-unknown lands and brought back film footage and photographs, offering many Americans their first understanding of these distant lands.
  • Alma Maximiliana Karlin – an Austro-Hungarian - Yugoslavian (now Slovene) traveler from Celje, writer, poet, ethnographer, collector, polyglot and theosophist who travelled the world for 8 years. She started her travel in November 24, 1919 and finished it in January 1928, earning all the money by herself while traveling, by publishing travelogues in newspapers, publishing numerous books (might be more than 22 books published altogether), teaching languages to people, traducing and so on. She mastered 10 languages and she obtained a degree of excellence from 8 foreign languages at Society of Arts in London. She wrote her own dictionary of 10 languages which helped her on her travel around the world.
  • Waclaw Korabiewicz – a Polish reporter, poet, traveler, collector of ethnographic exhibits
  • Vyacheslav Krasko – a Russian traveler, manager and professional financier with a PhD Economics.[11] Krasko is a member of the Union of the Russian Around-the-World Travelers.
  • Santhosh George Kulangara - Santhosh George Kulangara (born 25 December 1971) is the founder and chief explorer of Safari TV, the first and only exploration channel in India. He started his career in television media at the age of 17 and recognized well with production of a number of telefilms, tele serials and documentaries for Doordarshan, Thiruvananthapuram. His most important contribution to the visual media is Sancharam – the first visual travelogue in Malayalam. It has crossed 1610 episodes. The traveler goes to cities and villages of different nations and captures in his camera the remnants of history, today’s life, the uniqueness of nature, traditions, culture, and everything. The direction and camera of Sancharam are by Santhosh George Kulangara. He has already completed his journey to more than 120 countries in Asian, African, Australian, American, European continents and Antarctica during the last 22 years. After 16 years since he had started traveling, Sancharam has turned out to be an exclusive, round-the-clock exploration channel Safari. The channel offers 24-hour live streaming. The program Sanchariyude Diarykurippukal in Safari is most notable; Santhosh himself shares his different experiences from journeys in this program.
  • Rom Landau - Romauld Landau (1899–1974) was born in Poland, but later became a British citizen whilst serving as a volunteer in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He was a sculptor, author, educator, Foreign Service officer, and a specialist on Arab and Islamic culture. His particular area of interest was Morocco. He was also an art critic and book reviewer for several newspapers and periodicals, including The Spectator.
  • Vladimir Lysenko – Between September 1997 and 2002, Lysenko crossed 62 countries by car. He crossed each continent (other than Antarctica) twice, traveling between the most distant points of each continent in both latitude and longitude.
  • Niccolao Manucci - Niccolao Manucci (19 April 1638–1717) was an Italian writer and traveller. He wrote a memoir about the Indian subcontinent during the Mughal era.[1] His records have been a source of history about Shah JahanAurangzebShivajiDara Shikoh, Shah Alam, Raja Jai Singh and Kirat Singh.
  • Peter Mundy – a seventeenth-century British merchant trader, traveller and writer. He was the first Briton to record, in his Itinerarium Mundi ('Itinerary of the World'), tasting Chaa (tea) in China and travelled extensively in Asia, Russia and Europe.[12]
  • Ida Laura Pfeiffer – Austrian explorer, travel writer, and ethnographer. She was one of the first female travelers and her bestselling journals were translated into seven languages.
  • Niccolò and Maffeo Polo – Italian traveling merchants who engaged in two voyages
  • Jovan Rajić – a Serbian writer, historian, traveller, and pedagogue
  • Matas Šalčius – a Lithuanian traveler, journalist, writer and political figure
  • Rahul Sankrityayan - a known polymath and polyglot who travelled different parts of the world. He wrote over 100 books on different subjects and had knowledge of about 35 languages.
  • Jacob Saphir – a Meshulach and traveler of Romanian Jewish descent
  • Annemarie Schwarzenbach – a Swiss writer, journalist, photographer and traveler
  • Lady Hester Stanhope – a British socialite, adventurer and traveler. Her archaeological expedition to Ashkelon in 1815 is considered the first modern excavation in the history of Holy Land archeology.
  • Jean-Baptiste Tavernier – a 17th-century French gem merchant and traveler.[13]
  • Marten Douwes Teenstra – (17 September 1795 – 29 October 1864) Dutch writer and traveller in South Africa and the Dutch East Indies. The account of his stay at the Cape from 12 March to 7 July 1825, De vruchten mijner werkzaamheden (fruits of my labours), was a thorough description of his trip, rich in interesting detail of the personalities and places he came across, and thoughtful commentary on the social, political and economic life of the Cape colony.
  • Barbara Toy – most famous for the series of books she wrote about her pioneering and solitary travels around the world in a Land Rover, undertaken in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Wiebe Wakker - Wiebe Wakker is a Dutch motorcar driver and adventurer who also holds the current world record for completing the longest ever electric car trip in the world covering a distance of about 95,000 kilometres (59,000 mi).[1] On 15 March 2016, he started his journey through his own electric car from his home country Netherlands to reach his final destination in Australia.[2] On 7 April 2019, he managed to complete his journey taking 1,119 days by crossing 33 countries without even visiting a gas station.
  • Ahmad ibn Fadlan (Arabicأحمد بن فضلان بن العباس بن راشد بن حماد‎ Aḥmad ibn Faḍlān ibn al-ʿAbbās ibn Rāšid ibn Ḥammād, fl. 921–22) was a 10th-century Arab Muslim traveler, famous for his account of his travels as a member of an embassy of the Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad to the king of the Volga Bulgars, known as his Risala ("account" or "journal"). His account is most notable for providing a detailed description of the Volga Vikings[citation needed], including an eyewitness account of a ship burial.
  • Ibn Jubayr (1 September 1145 –29 November 1217; Arabicابن جبير‎), also written Ibn Jubair, Ibn Jobair, and Ibn Djubayr, was an Arab geographer, traveller and poet from al-Andalus. His travel chronicle describes the pilgrimage he made to Mecca from 1183 to 1185, in the years preceding the Third Crusade. His chronicle describes Saladin's domains in Egypt and the Levant which he passed through on his way to Mecca. Further, on his return journey he passed through Christian Sicily, which had only been recaptured from the Muslims a century before, and he makes several observations on the hybrid polyglot culture which flourished there.
  • Shams al-Dīn Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn Abī Bakr al-Maqdisī (Arabicشَمْس ٱلدِّيْن أَبُو عَبْد ٱلله مُحَمَّد ابْن أَحْمَد ابْن أَبِي بَكْر ٱلْمَقْدِسِي‎), better known as al-Maqdisī (Arabicٱلْمَقْدِسِي‎) or al-Muqaddasī (Arabicٱلْمُقَدَّسِي‎), (c. 945/946 – 991) was a medieval Muslim geographer, author of Aḥsan al-taqāsīm fī maʿrifat al-aqālīm (The Best Divisions in the Knowledge of the Regions), as well as author of the book, Description of Syria (Including Palestine). He is one of the earliest known historical figures to self-identify as a Palestinian during his travels.
  • Ahmad ibn Mājid (Arabicأحمد بن ماجد‎), also known as "the Lion of the Sea" was an Arabian navigator and cartographer born c. 1432 in Julfar, present-day Ras Al KhaimahUnited Arab Emirates. He was raised in a family famous for seafaring; at the age of 17 he was able to navigate ships. The exact date is not known, but ibn Majid probably died in 1500. He became famous in the West as the navigator who helped Vasco da Gama find his way from Africa to India. However, the leading scholar on the subject, G.R. Tibbetts, disputes this claim. Ibn Majid was the author of nearly forty works of poetry and prose.
  • Al-Mas'udi (Arabicأَبُو ٱلْحَسَن عَلِيّ ٱبْن ٱلْحُسَيْن ٱبْن عَلِيّ ٱلْمَسْعُودِيّ‎, ʾAbū al-Ḥasan ʿAlī ibn al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī al-Masʿūdī; c. 896–956) was an Arab historiangeographer and traveler. He is sometimes referred to as the "Herodotus of the Arabs". A polymath and prolific author of over twenty works on theology, history (Islamic and universal), geographynatural science and philosophy, his celebrated magnum opus Murūj al-Dhahab wa-Ma'ādin al-Jawhar (Arabic: مُرُوج ٱلذَّهَب وَمَعَادِن ٱلْجَوْهَر‎), combines universal history with scientific geography, social commentary and biography, and is published in English in a multi-volume series as The Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems.
  • Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq[a] (Arabicأحمد فارس الشدياق‎, ALA-LC: Aḥmad Fāris al-Shidyāq; born Faris ibn Yusuf al-Shidyaq; born 1805 or 1806; died 20 September 1887) was a scholar, writer and journalist who grew up in present-day Lebanon. A Maronite Christian by birth, he later lived in major cities of the Arabic-speaking world, where he had his career. He converted to Protestantism during the nearly two decades that he lived and worked in Cairo, present-day Egypt, from 1825 to 1848. He also spent time on the island of Malta. Participating in an Arabic translation of the Bible in Great Britain that was published in 1857, Faris lived and worked there for 7 years, becoming a British citizen. He next moved to Paris, France, for two years in the early 1850s, where he wrote and published some of his most important work.
    Later in the 1850s Faris moved to Tunisia, where in 1860 he converted to Islam, taking the first name Ahmad. Moving to Istanbul later that year to work as a translator at the request of the Ottoman government, Faris also founded an Arabic-language newspaper. It was supported by the Ottomans, Egypt and Tunisia, publishing until the late 1880s.
    Faris continued to promote Arabic language and culture, resisting the 19th-century "Turkization" pushed by the Ottomans based in present-day Turkey. Shidyaq is considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern Arabic literature; he wrote most of his fiction in his younger years.
  • Muḥammad Abū’l-Qāsim Ibn Ḥawqal (محمد أبو القاسم بن حوقل), also known as Abū al-Qāsim b. ʻAlī Ibn Ḥawqal al-Naṣībī, born in NisibisUpper Mesopotamia; was a 10th-century Arab Muslim writer, geographer, and chronicler who travelled 943-969 AD. His famous work, written in 977 AD, is called Ṣūrat al-’Arḍ (صورة الارض; "The face of the Earth"). The date of his death, known from his writings, was after 368AH/978AD.
  • Sulaiman or Soleiman al-Tajir (Arabic for "Soloman the Merchant", Persian: سلیمان تاجر) was a 9th-century Persian Muslim merchant, traveler and writer initially from Siraf in modern-day Iran. He traveled to India and China and wrote an account of his voyages around AD 850. In 851 he traveled to Guangzhou, Tang China, and marveled at the excellent quality of porcelain there. 

 Based on list of travelers (Wikipedia)

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Something mighty and sublime,
leave behind to conquer time.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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