When modern kids think of a travel writer, the name Rick Steves is probably the first that comes to mind, but people have been travelling, and writing about it, for centuries. Many, many centuries. It didn’t just start with Marco Polo, who may, or may not, have visited the places he said he did. Fan Chengda and Xu Xiake were into travel writing way back during China’s Song Dynasty (960-1279), and if Homer is to be believed, the Greek king, Odysseus, was into it long before that. Challenge your kids to make a list of famous travellers who recorded their adventures. And not just explorers and travelling scientists like Vasco de Gama and Charles Darwin. Get them to include people who travelled for pleasure, like Lady Hester Stanhope, Mary Wollstonecraft, James Boswell, and Mark Twain.
For an overview of the history of travel writing, visit: http://www.thetraveltester.com/a-short-history-of-travel-writing/
And, having recently visited a number of historic spots myself, look for some of them to pop up in future posts.