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History can be resurrected from the dead, made alive in new ways and directions. History is what we make of it. We encourage you to blog about our true heroes from long ago who gave their lives for their people, for justice, for the generations to come, in the best way that they saw fit.

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Robert Louis Stevenson, Voyages to Warmer Climates

 History Travel has been around for a very long time, documenting it not quite as long, but at least for several hundred if not thousands of years.  Early on, Europeans were the great travelers (and still are). For hundreds of years, European Aristocrats, clergy, and later successive, emergent middle classes and others with money and leisure time traveled Europe and beyond to learn about the art and architecture of the past.

One tourism literature pioneer was Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894), with An Inland Voyage (1878), and Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879) about his travels in the Cévennes, (France), is among the first popular books to present hiking and camping as recreational activities, and tells of commissioning one of the first sleeping bags.

In November 1873, after Stevenson's health failed, he was sent to Menton on the French Riviera to recuperate. He returned in better health in April 1874 and settled down to his studies, but he returned to France several times after that.[35] He made long and frequent trips to the neighbourhood of the Forest of Fontainebleau, staying at Barbizon, Grez-sur-Loing, and Nemours and becoming a member of the artists' colonies there, as well as to Paris to visit galleries and the theatres.[36] He did qualify for the Scottish bar in July 1875, and his father added a brass plate with "R.L. Stevenson, Advocate" to the Heriot Row house. But although his law studies would influence his books, he never practised law.[37] All his energies were now spent in travel and writing. One of his journeys, a canoe voyage in Belgium and France with Sir Walter Simpson, a friend from the Speculative Society and frequent travel companion.

 

A very popular subgenre of travel literature soon started to emerge in the form of narratives of exploration, a still unexplored source for colonial and postcolonial studies.

These days, we encourage the art of taking selfies with one's camara, generally a telephone, and publishing the photo in a blog, for free, here on our website, ideally with the historical site in question in the background.

Then, you will also be an official history traveler, just like Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

 

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