Illness while on a long journey can be tricky, especially in remote places with few, if any, medical facilities. Most adventurous travellers pack an emergency medical kit. How much worse it must have been in the past, before vaccinations, health
If you are already reading Passionate Travellers: Around the World on 21 Incredible Journeys in History, you will know that the book is divided into geographical regions, that it spans over 2,000 years of history, and is illustrated with a
Straw sandals, fold-away boats, a penny-farthing bicycle, camels, yaks, ponies, even a cow: just a few of the means by which my ‘passionate travellers’ made their incredible journeys across vast distances. We are a migratory species. For millennia, our ancestors
As we tuck a packet of nuts and raisins, a chewy bar or a handful of dried fruit into our pocket before a journey, we follow an ancient tradition of travellers. But they had more need of it than most
Leeches are a common hazard for passionate travellers. But would anyone actually want leeches? Well yes, the ancient health remedy of applying leeches to the body is still a recognised medical practice, though now targeted more scientifically and called ‘hirudotherapy’.