List of people who have walked across the United States

Noah Coughlan

In 2015, Noah Coughlan, 33, of Vacaville, California, became the third person to run across the United States three times, completing a 3,000 mile solo trek from New York City to San Diego in 127 days to raise awareness for rare diseases. He first crossed in 2011, running 2,500 miles from Ocean Beach in San Diego to Jacksonville, Fla., in 132 days on the Run for Research. His second journey covered 3,100 miles from Half Moon Bay, Calif., to Boston in 108 days on the 2013 Run Coast 2 Coast. [1] [2][self-published source]

Bill Bucklew

Bill Bucklew departed Tybee Island, Georgia, at 8:30 AM, November 24, 2017, and arrived at Imperial beach, San Diego, on January 31, 2018, at 12:45 PM.[3] Bucklew appears to have set the record for walking coast to coast (67 days). Bucklew has Parkinson's disease and walked an average of 1.5 marathons per day, every day without a break. Bucklew was real-time trackable throughout his walk via Google location sharing and had different people walking with him in each state. Bucklew raised over $120,000 for the Michael J. Fox foundation and is writing a book about the connections he made along the way.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Bradford Lyttle

Bradford Lyttle, an organizer with the Committee for Non-Violent Action, and several others walked from San Francisco to New York City, and then through parts of Europe to Moscow, Russia, from December 1960 until late 1961. The action was called the San Francisco to Moscow March for Peace. Several participants, including Lyttle, walked the entire distance. [12][13][14]

Dale James Outhouse, Adele Kushner, Kevin James Shay

These participants of A Walk of the People – A Pilgrimage for Life walked across the United States in 1984 as part of the action that called for global nuclear disarmament and better relations between the U.S. and the then Soviet Union. The march started at Point Conception, Calif., and went through Texas and the Deep South to New York City. Several others, including Andy Rector, walked significant portions across the U.S. and continued in Europe to Moscow, Russia, in 1985. [15][16]

Ed Fallon, Miriam Kashia, Mackenzie McDonald Wilkins, Jeffrey Czerwiec, Steve Martin

These were the five participants in the Great March for Climate Action who completed every step of the 3,100-mile walk from Los Angeles, California, to Washington, D.C. between March 1 and November 1, 2014. Halfway through the March, Steve Martin left the main body of marchers to walk solo to New York, arriving there on September 21 as an emissary from the Great March for Climate Action to the People's Climate March.[17]

Mark Baumer

Mark Baumer walked across the USA during 81 days in 2010. While attempting a barefoot walk several years later, he was killed by an SUV in Florida.[18]

Michael Ross & George Crawford

Michael Ross, 18, from Manchester, CT, walked from Danbury, CT to Huntington Beach, CA. This walk took 297 days and was in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Livestrong Foundation. Over $13,000 was raised. Michael was accompanied by his childhood friend, George Crawford. Most days both Michael and George were welcomed into the homes of kind people who would make dinner and give them a place to sleep. They could not believe the amount of hospitality they received. The walk started April 2013 and ended February 2014. [19][20]

Philip Cihiwsky

Phil Cihiwsky, 59, from Loveland, Colorado, walked from San Diego, California, to York Harbor, Maine, starting his walk on March 4 and completing it on October 4, 2013. He walked 3300 miles, crossing 15 states in 7 months while raising awareness about food insecurity issues among older adults for Meals On Wheels and encouraging the people he met along the way to support home-delivered meal programs in their own communities.[21][22]

Elliott Lannen and Graeme Lithgow

Elliott Lannen and Graeme Jeffrey Lithgow walked from San Francisco, California, to St. Augustine, Florida, from 2013 to 2014. The party began with three members, but Julio Lopez abandoned the project after traversing the California coast.[23]

Helga and Clara Estby

Helga Estby, a 36-year-old from Spokane, Washington, and her 18-year-old daughter Clara walked from Spokane to New York City in 1896, setting off on May 5, 1896, passing through 14 states along the way, and arriving at the latter on Christmas Eve. She did so in response to a $10,000 challenge from a sponsor given to any woman who would walk across the United States. She brought with her a compass, red-pepper spray, a revolver, and a curling iron. She wanted the money in order to save her family's 160-acre (65 ha) farm. She did not receive it.[24][25][26]

Louis Michael Figueroa

In 1982, Louis Michael Figueroa, age 16, became the fastest and youngest person (according to some sources)[27] to run across the United States, covering the route from New Brunswick, NJ to San Francisco in 60 days to fulfill a promise to a friend who was dying of bone cancer.[28]

In 1996–1997 he walked from Bangor, ME to San Diego, CA for local AIDS networks in memory of his brother Jimmy, who died of the disease. The walk was plagued by delays due to Figueroa's battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.[28]

In 2005, he began a walk around the United States for victims of child abuse. Figueroa walked for six months and covered 6,437 miles (10,359 km) of the 12,070 miles (19,420 km).[29]

On June 4, 2010, Figueroa left from where he previously stopped, 6.43 miles (10.35 km) west of Somerset, PA and arrived in Tucson on January 15, 2011.[27][28][30][needs update]

Aaron Huey & Cosmo

Aaron Huey, age 26, left Encinitas, California, on January 22, 2002 and arrived in New York City 3,349 miles and 154 days later on June 25. His only travel companion was his dog Cosmo. He did not carry a cell phone and had no support team.[31] Huey covered the why and how in his 2010 Annenberg Foundation lecture,[32] and Huey also wrote journals of his travels along the way.[33]

Pete Kostelnick

In October 2016, Pete Kostelnick, age 29, set the world record for fastest run across America; he ran the 3,067 miles from San Francisco’s City Hall to New York’s City Hall in 42 days, 6 hours, 30 minutes.[34]

Barbara Moore

Barbara Moore (1903–1977),[35] a Russian-born health enthusiast, walked 3,387 miles from San Francisco to New York City in 85 days in 1960, departing on April 13 and arriving on July 6.[36][37]

Richard H. Noble

From March 12, 2011 through June 9, 2012, Richard Noble, a gay rights activist, walked with a rainbow flag from San Francisco to Jacksonville Beach, Florida.[38][39][40]

James Harry Pierce

James Harry Pierce, a writer, street performer,[41] and tour guide began his walk across the United States on May 30, 2011 at the age of 41 just south of Seattle, Washington, arriving in Key West, Florida, where he settled on February 7, 2012. For a number of years he performed nightly on Duval Street dressed as Darth Vader playing the banjo.[42] He since leads bicycle tours of Key West.

Peace Pilgrim

Peace Pilgrim, née Mildred Lisette Norman (July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981), was an American pacifist, vegetarian, and peace activist. Starting on January 1, 1953, she walked across the United States for 28 years until her death in 1981.[43] She had no organizational backing, carried no money, and would not even ask for food or shelter. When she began her pilgrimage she had taken a vow to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food." At the time of her death, she was crossing the United States for the seventh time.

Granny D

Granny D (née Doris Haddock, January 24, 1910 – March 9, 2010) achieved international fame in February 2000 when, at age 90, she completed her walk across the U.S. to support campaign finance reform. A resident of Dublin, New Hampshire, Granny D started the walk January 1, 1999, shortly before her 89th birthday in Pasadena, California amid the Rose Parade festivities. Despite being hospitalized for pneumonia after walking across the Mojave Desert, Granny D completed her walk on Leap Day of the following year, more than 400 days later, having traversed over 3200 miles across nine states (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maryland). She had to travel much of the last 100 miles on cross-country skis due to a snowstorm that made walking impossible.[44] She wrote about her walk in two books. The first was co-authored by Dorris Haddock (Granny D) and Dennis Burke, "Granny D: Walking Across America in my 90th Year."[44] She chronicled her expedition and reasons for undertaking it in an autobiography entitled "You're Never Too Old to Raise a Little Hell" published in 2003. The following year, at age 94, she ran as Democratic candidate against Judd Gregg in the New Hampshire senate race, but was soundly defeated. She died shortly after turning 100, on March 9, 2010.[45]

Chad Sigmon

Chad Sigmon was 38 years old when he ran across America starting April 1, 2013, from Jacksonville, Florida, and ending August 1 in San Diego, California. He ran to help end mental health stigma. He averaged around 22 miles a day for a total of 2,650 miles.[46][47]

Katie Visco

From March 29 through December 29, 2009, Pave Your Lane's founder, Katie Visco, ran across America, from Boston to San Diego to publicize this campaign, which empowers people to find their passions. At age 24, Visco became the second-youngest and 13th woman overall to run from coast to coast. [48] [49]

Bob Wieland

Bob Wieland is a Vietnam War veteran who lost his legs to a mortar mine in 1969. He "ran" across America on his hands, taking three years, eight months, and six days to travel from coast to coast and raise money for Vietnam war veterans.[50]

Zachary Bonner

Zachary Bonner is a homeless youth advocate. He started a non profit when he was 6 years old called the Little Red Wagon Foundation. At age 8 after seeing a documentary on a woman named Peace Pilgrim he decided to walk from his home in Tampa, Florida to the state Capitol Tallahassee. The following year at age 9 he continued his walk to Atlanta, Georgia and that summer at age 11 he walked from Atlanta to Washington, D.C.[51] He vowed to become the youngest to walk Coast to Coast and at age 12 completed that mission by walking from Jacksonville Beach to the Santa Monica Pier. During his walks he used media attention to raise awareness to homeless youth and highlighted many programs working to help these kids.[52] The journey took Zach 7 months to complete.

Joe "Tiger" Patrick II

Joe "Tiger" Patrick II is a Peace DaleRhode Island, Army veteran. After volunteering at Ground Zero for three weeks he decided he wanted to do something to bring awareness to the men and women who died as a result of the events during the 9/11 attacks, and those who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America.[53][54] He committed to walking for the cause. He completed a memorial walk in 2011 and on his second walk in 2013 he walked approximately 3,000 miles across the United States beginning in April 2013 in the City of Coronado, California and ending in Washington D.C. in October 2013.[55][56] During this walk he carried a memorial panel that he created on canvas, which displayed the faces of over 6600 color images of U.S. service members, and weighed over 50 pounds. He also carried an American flag and a bat used by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Walter O. McGill III

Walter McGill, also known as Pastor "Chick" McGill,[57] the "Freedom Walker"[58] and the "Cross Country Flagman,"[59] a 69-year-old pastor of the Creation Seventh Day Adventist Church and Vietnam War era veteran, began to walk across the United States on April 23, 2014- at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.[60][61] He completed his journey on April 29, 2015 at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California after traveling a route of over 3,200 miles,[62][63] and carrying the United States flag by hand the entire way, the first such documented case.[58][64] On July 12, 2015 he was honored at Dodger Stadium for the completion of the walk prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers.[65][66]

McGill's websites promoting the walk, walkingcoast2coast and, indicate an extensive list of causes for which he made the journey, including: civil libertieshuman rights, national integrity, the restoration of individual and corporate self-respect, support for traditional family valuesliberty of conscience for all citizens, the defense of constitutional principles, the review and appreciation of American heritage, care for the poor and homeless, the promotion of natural health practices, employment of the Golden Rule in daily living, and a spiritual awakening for the healing of the country.[67] Along the way he saluted passing motorists and pedestrians,[58][68] received certificates of appreciation at the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley, and left non-sectarian 40-day prayer guides for city and county officials.[64][69] He was provided with a police escort part of the way along his walk in Tennessee and Georgia,[69] and was awarded a "Day of Recognition" in his home state of Tennessee by Governor Bill Haslam.[70]

During the portion of the journey through Prescott, Arizona he dedicated ten miles of his walk to Kayla Mueller, who was captured by ISIS and killed earlier in 2015.[71]

In his closing statements, McGill said, "To be the first veteran to carry Old Glory from sea to shining sea has been a great aspiration of mine, and I'm praying this flag will be enshrined at the Smithsonian Institute [sic]."[72]

Arthur Hitchcock

Arthur Hitchcock is entary[check spelling]-editorial photographer who, at age 19, walked from Long BeachCalifornia to AugustaMaine between May 11 and November 2, 2011. He walked approximately 4,100 miles (6,598 km), crossing through 17 states in 175 days. Hitchcock walked to raise funds for breast cancer research and aid to assist families dealing with the cost of hospital bills and treatments. He walked to honor his deceased parents, Janet and Mike Hitchcock. His mother died from ductal carcinoma a few months before the trip. The majority of his route included major highways (it's illegal to walk on most major highways). He was led by a support vehicle.[73]

John Ball

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel John Ball, aka “The Walking Aggie,” walked coast-to-coast across America from March 1, 2015[74] to August 17, 2015.[75] Beginning at Scripps Park in La Jolla, California and ending at Daytona Beach, Florida, Ball, age 58, walked 2,686 miles, crossing 8 states in 170 days. His unassisted, uninterrupted walk raised over $27,000 to help establish an Endowed Aggie Ring Scholarship at his alma mater, Texas A&M University.[76] In 2019, John accomplished another long walk, this time across Europe, beginning in Athens, Greece and ending in Oslo, Norway. This trek took 151 days and covered 2314 miles through 7 countries; Greece, Italy, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.

Anthony Roddy

Anthony "Silverback" Roddy is a retired USDA Forest Service worker who, at age 56, walked from Wells Beach, Maine, to Imperial Beach, California, between April 19 and December 15, 2015. A US Army veteran of the war in Iraq, he crossed 13 states in 244 days, walking approximately 3,073 miles. His Walkabout-America 2015 was the culmination of a life-long dream, but moreover was an advocacy campaign to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. He raised more than $5,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.[77]

Jeffrey Grabosky

From January 20 to May 20, 2011, Jeff Grabosky ran solo and unsupported for over 3,700 miles from Oceanside, California to Smith Point, New York. He took prayer intentions from people all around the world and prayed a decade of the rosary for each of the approximate 3,500 intentions he received. His book, Running With God Across America was published in 2012.[78]

Bjorn Suneson

In 2019, Bjorn Suneson, a Stockholm native, finished at age 71 his seventh unsupported run across the United States. [79]

Mike Maczuzak

Mike Maczuzak, president of SmartShape Design, walked solo and unsupported from Coney Island to Santa Monica Pier, covering more than 3,600 miles in 125 days, and traveling through 15 states, from March to July 2016.[80]

Jason P. Lester

Run Across America — Ran 3,550 miles in 72 days averaging 50 miles a day across the United States(4th Fastest athlete to run from San Francisco to New York (July 2013). The run raised money for the Waves for Water organization’s Hurricane Relief Initiative[81][82]

Ted G. Stone

Ted G. Stone was a Southern Baptist evangelist and recovering amphetamine addict who walked across the United States three times and was on his fourth trip when he died. He made the walks to raise awareness for his ministry to addicts and would drive up to 150 miles off of his walking route to speak to groups. His first trip, in 1996, was 3,650 miles from the Capitol steps in Washington, D.C., south to Jacksonville, Florida, and west to Los Angeles. His second trip, in 1998, was a 3,550-mile walk from San Francisco to Virginia Beach, Virginia. His third trip was in 2000 and he walked 1,700 miles from Nuevo Laredo, TamaulipasMexico, to the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit leading into Canada. He died on his fourth trip in 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was walking from Chicago to Pensacola, Florida, which would have covered 1,100 miles.[83][84]

Benjamin T. Lee

Benjamin Lee, an Australian, walked from San Francisco to Delaware Bay between May 18 and November 30, 2013.[85][86] Lee began his walk with a partner but shortly after a month, his partner quit. He continued his walk solo and unsupported. He raised money for the charity Oxfam.[87]

Yi-joo Kwon

In 2010, Yijoo Kwon of Palisades Park, N.J., ran 95 days from Los Angeles to New York City to raise awareness of diabetes.[88][89]

Stephan Foust

Between January 28, 1979, and September 6, 1980, Stephan Foust walked 3506 miles across the United States. While en route, Foust, of Elkhart, Indiana, did a weekly remote call-in radio show for WSBT-AM in South Bend, Indiana. The 30-year-old Foust began his journey on the Atlantic Ocean beach at Nags Head, North Carolina, then passed through the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California, before ending his walk on the Pacific Ocean beach of Point Reyes National Seashore.[90][91][92][93]

The United Souls of Awareness

The United Souls of Awareness, a creative production team from Los Angeles, embarked on a year-long walk from Venice Beach, California, to Manhattan, New York, from April 1, 2006, to April 1, 2007. The core members, Kevin Smith II, Kam Talbert, Jordon Cooper, and Jonathan White, with many other walkers joining along, did this over-4,000-mile walk to encourage self expression, inspire themselves and others and they trekked town to town, sharing ideas and information. They ended the walk at a Full Moon Drum circle in New York City at Visionary Artist Alex and Allison Grey New York City Art Gallery COSM.[94][95]

Shane Moore

Shane Moore did a solo walk from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, to Ocean Beach, California, in order to raise awareness and money for homeless veterans. He began his walk on October 10, 2017, and officially completed his journey on May 12, 2018. During his journey, he did several TV, newspaper and radio interviews. In total, he walked between 2600 and 2700 miles.[96][97][98][99]

Gary "Laz" Cantrell

Gary Cantrell "Lazarus Lake" did a solo walk (LazCon) across America from Newport, RI to Newport, Oregon. The walk was a total of 3,365 miles and took him from May 10, 2018, to September 13, 2018. Laz is the co-creator of the race The Barkley Marathons.[100] He updated a daily blog on his website. [101][dead link]

Ben Walther

Ben Walther beat cancer and walked across America between May and November 2017, from California to Delaware, then rode a bicycle back home from Florida to California using Interstates 10 and 8.[102]

Barrett Keene

Barrett Keene, a PhD student at Cornell University, walked from Miami to San Francisco (through Nashville, Denver, and Salt Lake City) in 2012 to raise awareness and support for orphaned and abandoned children. Specifically, Keene was sharing about opportunities to impact the lives of children through the Global Orphan Project.[103] As Barrett was walking, he was also researching teachers who were transformational leaders for his dissertation.

Mike Posner

Mike Posner, internationally famous musician known for his hit pop songs like 'Took a Pill in Ibiza', undertook the journey in May 2019. His cause was to honor his late friend Ronnie. He regularly updated his Facebook page throughout the journey and was bitten by a snake along the way. Because of the snake bite injury, he was delayed for nearly a month in Colorado. On Friday the 18th of October 2019, Posner finished the walk and reached the Pacific Ocean. [104]

William Shuttleworth

A 71-year old US Air Force veteran, William Shuttleworth, walked from his hometown of Newburyport, Massachusetts to San Diego, California from May 15, 2019 [105] to September 1, 2019.[106] Shuttleworth intended to raise awareness for veterans' issues, such as veteran suicide and homelessness. He raised over $58,000 for the Disabled American Veterans charity. [107]

Noah Barnes and Robert Barnes

At age 11, Noah Barnes became the youngest person to walk across the United States when he and his father, Robert Barnes, walked some 4,240 miles from Key West, Florida, to Blaine, Washington, in 2017 to raise awareness and funds for diabetes research.[108] Noah was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 16 months old. His project raised about $30,000, and he set a Guinness World Record for the youngest person to walk across the U.S.[109]

Erwin Erkfitz

47-year-old health food distributor Erwin Erkfitz walked from Los Angeles, California to New York City in 1958 for at the time was the record for a cross-country walk. He traveled 3,000 miles for 67 days, promoting a shoe and attempting to set what would be the record.[110][111][112]

Matty Gregg

41-year-old Matty Gregg ran from Apple Park in Cupertino, California, to Concord, New Hampshire, from November 6, 2018 to August 7, 2019. The run spanned a total of 275 days through 24 states. He totaled 5,425 miles, interviewing hundreds of people for his sequel to Alexis de Tocqueville's essays, Democracy In America. He also raised funds and awareness for Firefighter Cancer Support Network. [113][114]

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But, seriously, a Washoe wind is by no means a trifling matter. It blows flimsy houses down, lifts shingle roofs occasionally, rolls up tin ones like sheet music, now and then blows a stage-coach over and spills the passengers; and tradition says the reason there are so many bald people there is, that the wind blows the hair off their heads while they are looking skyward after their hats. Carson streets seldom look inactive on summer afternoons, because there are so many citizens skipping around their escaping hats, like chambermaids trying to head off a spider.
Twain, Mark. Roughing It. Toronto: Musson, 1899.

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We went down to dinner, and only the fact of not having tasted food for many hours could have made me touch it in such a room. We were in a long apartment, with one table down the middle, with plates laid for one hundred people. Every seat was occupied, these seats being benches of somewhat uncouth workmanship. The floor had recently been washed, and emitted a damp fetid odour. At one side was a large fireplace, where, in spite of the heat of the day, sundry manipulations were going on, coming under the general name of cookery. At the end of the room was a long leaden trough or sink, where three greasy scullery-boys without shoes, were perpetually engaged in washing plates, which they wiped upon their aprons. The plates, however, were not washed, only superficially rinsed. There were four brigand-looking waiters with prodigious beards and moustachios.

There was no great variety at table. There were eight boiled legs of mutton, nearly raw; six antiquated fowls, whose legs were of the consistence of guitar-strings; baked pork with "onion fixings," the meat swimming in grease; and for vegetables, yams, corn-cobs, and squash. A cup of stewed tea, sweetened with molasses, stood by each plate, and no fermented liquor of any description was consumed by the company. There were no carving-knives, so each person hacked the joints with his own, and some of those present carved them dexterously with bowie-knives taken out of their belts. Neither were there salt-spoons, so everybody dipped his greasy knife into the little pewter pot containing salt. Dinner began, and after satisfying my own hunger with the least objectionable dish, namely "pork with onion fixings," I had leisure to look round me.

Bird, Isabella. The Englishwoman in America, 1856.

Travel related world records

Fastest circumnavigation by bicycle (female)
In just 152 days, 1 hour, Juliana Buhring (DEU) cycled a total distance of 29’069 km (18’063 miles). The journey started and finished at Piazza Plebiscito in Naples, Italy, and lasted from 23 July until 22 December 2012.

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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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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