Then vs Now
Traveling forever, or at least extended travel, is easier today than ever before in history. In the past, the only people who could afford to travel for extended periods of time were wealthy people. They’d pick up and take off for a year or even longer to see the world. Life for them did not mean going to a job every day, so they were able to embark on the Grand Tour.
From Wikipedia: “The Grand Tour was the traditional trip of Europe undertaken by mainly upper class European young men of sufficient means and rank (or those of more humble origin who could find a sponsor), as well as young women if they were also of sufficient means, and accompanied by a chaperon, such as other family members, when they had come of age (about the age of 21 years old).”
“According to the law of custom, and perhaps of reason, foreign travel completes the education of an English gentleman.” – Edward Gibbon
Yes, in Victorian England, wealthy young men traveled to Paris, Switzerland, Italy, or wherever their … Continue reading ...