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1: The Ancient World 1: Introduction 2: Journeys from the cradle 3: Minoan seafarers 4: Travel in ancient Egypt 5: The expedition to Punt 6: Polynesian navigators 7: Around Africa 8: Persian couriers 9: The Greek world 10: The travels of Odysseus 11: Alexander the Great 12: The travels of Zhang Qian 13: Across the Alps 14: Strabo 15: The Roman Empire 16: The Tabula Peutingeriana 17: The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea 18: Ptolemy's Geographia 2: Trade and Conquest 1: Introduction 2: Xuanzang's journey to India 3: Journey to the West 4: Kingdom of Heaven 5: The spread of Islam 6: Arab exploration 7: The astrolabe 8: Voyages of the Vikings 9: The Crusades 10: Prester John 11: Medieval pilgrimages 12: Medieval travel accounts 13: The Silk Road 14: The travels of Marco Polo 15: On wheels 16: Caravanserai 17: Trans-Saharan salt caravans 18: Ibn Battuta 19: Medieval maps 3: The Age of Discovery 1: Introduction 2: Zheng He 3: Ships 4: Around Africa to India 5: A new world 6: After Columbus 7: First map of the New World 8: Circumnavigating the globe 9: Cortes and the conquest of the Aztecs 10: Pizarro's conquest of Peru 11: The discovery of the Amazon 12: The Columbian Exchange 13: New France 14: Samuel de Champlain 15: Early missionaries 16: The Northwest Passage 4: The Age of Empires 1: Introduction 2: The spice trade 3: Wonder cabinets 4: New Holland 5: Settling America 6: Evliya Celebi 7: Coffee 8: Slave ships in the Atlantic 9: A life of piracy 10: Travels in the Mughal Empire 11: The stagecoach 12: The frozen east 13: The Great Northern Expedition 14: Calculating longitude 15: The voyages of Captain Cook 16: The new naturalists 17: Artist in the rainforest 18: The Grand Tour 19: First flight 20: Bound for Botany Bay 5: The Age of Steam 1: Introduction 2: Alexander von Humboldt 3: Rediscovering Egypt 4: Painting the East 5: Charting the American West 6: Go west, young man! 7: Full steam ahead 8: The Romantics 9: The voyages of the Beagle 10: Travellers' tales 11: Shooting the world 12: Into Africa 13: The Railway Age 14: Trains 15: The Gold Rush 16: Thomas Cook 17: Spas 18: Going by the book 19: Souvenirs 20: The works of all nations 21: Across Australia 22: Charting the Mekong 23: Ocean to ocean 24: The grand hotel 25: Luggage labels 26: Measuring India 6: The Golden Age of Travel 1: Introduction 2: Central Asia 3: On skis across 4: Greenland 5: The bicycle craze 6: Zeppelin fever 7: The airline of empire 8: Travel posters 9: The Long March 10: Planes 11: The roof of the world 12: The open road 13: Route 66 14: No-frills flying 15: Into the abyss 16: Flight to the Moon 17: The Hippie Trail 18: Concorde 19: New horizons 20: Exploration today 21: New frontiers 8: Index 9: Picture credits and acknowledgments

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The definitive celebration of human exploration and travel

About the Author

Simon Reeve is an adventurer and New York Times bestselling author who has travelled to more than 120 countries making award-winning documentaries for the BBC. They include Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Tropic of Cancer and Equator. Simon has received a One World Broadcasting Trust Award for "an outstanding contribution to greater world understanding", and the prestigious Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society. His unique brand of documentaries, combining travel and adventure with environmental, political, and conservation issues, has taken him across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, through some of the most remote and beautiful regions of our planet.


This is a sumptuously illustrated history of travel from the time when our ancestors came out of Africa to the current frontier of exploration: space. It is dense enough in detail to give intellectual satisfaction and brisk enough in arrangement to encourage dipping in. * Sunday Express * A beautifully produced introduction, embracing everything from the trading voyages of the Minoans to the Hippie Trail, with digressions on topics from slave ships to souvenirs. * Daily Telegraph * Why do we roam? How - and where - did we first holiday? What motivates great explorers, from Columbus and Hiram Bingham to Roy 'Indiana Jones' Chapman Andrews? These and even more ambitious questions are addressed in this lively, visual account of travel and discovery, charting how our worldwide wanderings have changed over the centuries... packed with the kind of glorious photographs, illustrations and historic maps you'd expect from DK. * National Geographic Traveller * If you have a passion for travel and history then you will love this book. Superlative adjectives jump to mind as soon as you see it, but fail to do it justice. Deliciously heavy, it is a sumptuous read and lavishly illustrated: this is Dorling Kindersley at its absolute best... With themes of migrations, exploration, scientific discovery and development of transport, this fabulous book follows how travel has changed over the years and celebrates humanity's endeavours. * Timeless Travels * The wanderlust of humanity is captured in these pages and images. * RTE Guide * Charting historical journeys, from ancient chariot rides to interplanetary missions, this is a visual voyage through millennia of travel... a great overview of human wanderlust. * History Revealed *

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