For as long as there have been humans, those humans have moved. Whether it was from one forest to another or on lifelong treks across continents, humans have been a restless bunch since the beginning. A few people have stood out though, in changing or greatly influencing the way people travel over time.
Some of them are great political figures, some are inventors, some are pioneers, and some are writers, but all of these people have had a major impact either on the travel world or on the world because of their travels. I’ve tried to include a number of women and non-westerners, as a lot of these lists are totally dominated by white men.
Here they are: