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Tips for the Victorian Traveler

Travel in Victorian times required considerably more effort (and expense) than today. A trip to another country meant packing, not for a short hop, but for weeks or even months of travel. It could mean adapting to different climates and various types of conveyance. The first section looks at advice given to Victorian travelers to make their journeys as smooth and comfortable as possible.

The second section looks at the short holiday. Travel didn't always mean going abroad. For many (and especially those with limited incomes), it meant going to the seaside, or to some other holiday destination within England. These articles look at "the holiday" as an experience rather than as a destination.


TRAVEL TIPS

Across the Atlantic in a Sailing Ship, by a Woman Who Went (GOP 1897)
The Art of Traveling, by Thomas B. Willson (GOP 1886)
Books Before Travel, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1899)
A selection of useful Victorian travel books.
Down to the Sea in Ships, by C.E.C. Weigall (GOP 1898)
What and how to pack for an ocean voyage.
Health for Tropical Travelers, by Gordon Stables, M.D., R.N. ("Medicus") (GOP 1891)
Hints for Travelers in Summer, by Lucy Yates (GOP 1897)
Hints to Travelers, by Ruth Danby (GOP 1883)
Tips on traveling on the continent, including what type of luggage to take, what to wear, and what to prepare for.
Luggage Up to Date, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1901)
Types of contemporary luggage, and what is needed for various types of excursions.
Oer the Seas and Far Away, by Gordon Stables, M.D., R.N. ("Medicus") (GOP 1891)
Tending to the types of health issues most likely to occur whilst traveling, especially in tropical climes.
On the Purchase of Outfits for India and the Colonies, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1890)
What to pack if one is about to live abroad.
Traveling, by Elizabeth Dawes (GOP 1900)
How to prepare oneself before departure.
A Voyage for Health, by W. Lawrence Liston (GOP 1891)
"A very favorite method of treatment for many ailments is... 'a long sea voyage.'" This series explains exactly how to arrange, prepare for, and enjoy such a voyage.
Wintering Abroad, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1902)

THE SHORT HOLIDAY

At the Seaside, by Ruth Lamb (GOP 1882)
How to plan and enjoy a seaside holiday.
Baths at Home and Baths by the Sea, by Gordon Stables, M.D., R.N. ("Medicus") (GOP 1880)
In addition to a lengthy discussion on various types of baths, this article addresses how to have a "healthy" seaside holiday. Avoid concerts and parties! Don't bathe on the first day, but loiter on the beach and gather shells. And always carry a light biscuit in your pocket!
By Mountain, Stream or Sea, by Gordon Stables, M.D., R.N. ("Medicus") (GOP 1890)
Tips on enjoying a healthy vacation.
Campiana, by Gordon R. Stables (GOP 1891)
An account of a camping excursion, Victorian-style.
The Girls' Holiday Home (GOP 1897)
Holiday life in a seaside cottage.
Hints About Summer and Autumn Touring, by Gordon R. Stables, M.D., R.N. (Medicus) (GOP 1894)
The Holiday: How to Make the Best of It, by Gordon Stables, M.D., R.N. ("Medicus") (GOP 1881)
How to stay healthy on one's holiday.
How to Earn a Summer Holiday, by Gordon Stables, M.D., R.N. ("Medicus") (GOP 1886)
"Presuming now that I am addressing work-a-day girls, and happily their name is legion, I must tell them that one of the first things to be done to earn a holiday is to save money to pay for it." The article the proceeds with a variety of tips on how to do just that -- chiefly by adopting a healthy, simple diet.
A Novel Holiday (GOP 1888)
In which four girls decide to rent a cottage for a week's holiday and "do for themselves" without any outside help.
Our Travel Club, and How We Manage It (GOP 1900)
"We are supposed to...try to imagine we are a party going to travel in some foreign country," whereupon the various "committees" research routes, sights, art, culture, etc. and present the information to the club as a whole.
Summer by the Sea, by Gordon Stables, M.D., R.N. ("Medicus") (GOP 1888)
Tips for the healthy, and not-so-healthy, to make the most of a stay at the seaside.

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