Until well into the nineteenth century travel within Europe was physically arduous and dangerous, roads were bad or non-existent, attacks by highwaymen were not uncommon, and travel by ship was prohibitively expensive. Accommodation, when it was to be had, was insalubrious. Outside Europe conditions were invariably worse.
For women travel was made still more difficult by the prevailing social prejudice that regarded travel as unsuitable for ladies. Nevertheless some women did travel, and wrote about their experiences. Often they travelled in order to pursue their interests in botany, zoology, archaeology and ethnography. These women are the subject of this month’s online exhibition. (Next)