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List of Travelers

A statue dedicated to the traveler in Oviedo, Spain

This is a list of notable travelers, consisting of people that are known for their travels or explorations. Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, airplane, or other means, and can be one way or round trip.[1][2] Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.


Jean Batten in 1937
  • 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 - a medieval Moroccan Muslim traveler and scholar, who is widely recognised as one of the greatest travelers of all time.[4][5] He is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla (lit. "Journey").
  • Jeanne Baré - recognized as the first woman to have completed a voyage of circumnavigation of the globe.[6][7]
Benjamin of Tudela in the Sahara (Author : Dumouza, 19th-century engraving)
  • 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 Kara?or?evi? 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-M?sar (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.
  • Walter Evans-Wentz
  • 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.[8]
  • Susan Hale - an American author, traveler and artist
  • 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.[9]
  • 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 between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915
  • 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 - American adventurers and documentary filmmakers
  • 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.
  • Rom Landau
  • Therese von Lützow
  • 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
  • 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]
  • Niccolò and Maffeo Polo - Italian traveling merchants who engaged in two voyages
  • Jovan Raji? - a Serbian writer, historian, traveller, and pedagogue
  • Matas ?al?ius - a Lithuanian traveler, journalist, writer and political figure
  • 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 in oriental costume, 1679
  • 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.
  • Ikechi Uko
  • Ziryab

See also


  1. ^ "Travel." (definition). Accessed July 2011.
  2. ^ "Travel." (definition). Accessed July 2011.
  3. ^ "Tania Aebi Bio | Premiere Motivational Speakers Bureau". Retrieved .
  4. ^ Dunn 2005, p. 20.
  5. ^ Nehru, Jawaharlal (1989). Glimpses of World History. Oxford University Press. p. 752. ISBN 0-19-561323-6. After outlining the extensive route of Ibn Battuta's Journey, Nehru notes: "This is a record of travel which is rare enough today with our many conveniences.... In any event, Ibn Battuta must be amongst the great travellers of all time."
  6. ^ Dunmore, John (2002), Monsieur Baret: First Woman Around the World, Heritage Press, ISBN 0-908708-54-8
  7. ^ Ridley, Glynis (2010), The Discovery of Jeanne Baret, Crown Publisher New York, ISBN 0-307-46352-4
  8. ^ (in Italian) Da Torino a Pechino a Gpl. Ecomobile (n. 77, August 2008), pp. 12-13.
  9. ^ Mulvey, Stephen (9 October 2014). "Gunther, Christine and Otto". BBC News. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ La vita, et sito de Zychi, chiamati Ciarcassi, Historia notabile, Venezia, Aldo Manuzio, 1502, Italian Wikisource
  11. ^ Olga Grosheva (8 November 2012). " " ? (in Russian). Radio "Kommersant FM". Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Peter Mundy, Merchant Adventurer, Ed. R E Pritchard, 2011, Bodleian Library, Oxford
  13. ^ St. John, James Augustus (1831). "Jean-Baptiste Tavernier". The Lives of Celebrated Travellers, (Volume 1). H. Colburn and R. Bently. pp. 167-191. Retrieved 2015.

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