We have learnt from the vast history of the world, that man has always been curious. The greatest curiosity to have existed must have been the desire of man to explore the world and discover the unseen. It is safe to say that mankind has succeeded in doing the same. We have not only discovered territories on and below the earth, but have also set foot onto the moon and we continue to venture into the unknown.
Here are 10 of such curious travelers and their contributions:

1. Xuanzang (602-664):

Xuanzang was a Chinese Buddhist monk and scholar. He is well known for his 17 year-long expedition to India, wherein he took upon the task of learning more about Buddhism and its origin. He crossed the Himalayas through the Khyber Pass to reach India. He recorded his findings in his book, Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, which is now considered a Chinese classic.

2. Marco Polo (1254-1324):

He was a Venetian merchant and traveler. Marco, along with his father and his uncle, set out on a 24 year-long journey to Asia, visiting countries such as Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and mainly, China. He returned to Venice in 1295, when it was at war, and was imprisoned until 1299. It was during this time as a prisoner, that he narrated the story of his travels to his cellmate Rustichello da Pisa, who went on to write the book, The Travels of Marco Polo, which made Marco infamous and is said to have inspired explorers such as Christopher Columbus.

3. Ibn Battuta (1304-1369):

Ibn Battuta, short for (hold your breath), was a Moroccan scholar. His travels were on about the same scale as his name. Over a span of 30 years, he visited North Africa, West Africa, Egypt, Persia, India, China, Central and Southeast Asia, to name a few. He too left behind the tales of his travels around the world, through his book Rihla (The Travels), which proved to be a vital source of information, over the years that followed.

4. Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512):

He was an Italian explorer, navigator and cartographer. He was the first to travel to South America and demonstrate that this new found land was not a part of Asia, and introduces this part of the world as the New World.

5. Christopher Columbus (1451-1506):

He was an Italian navigator and colonizer. He set out on several voyages. In one such voyage to find India, he ended up reaching the Bahamas. Through his further travels, he reached the new world (The Americas). His expedition eventually led to the European Colonization of the New World.

6. Vasco da Gama (Circa.1460-1524):

He was a Portuguese explorer. Many Europeans had tried to reach India and had failed. Vasco da Gama finally emerged victorious of this task and reached Calicut in 1498. He was the first to reach India by sea and had thus chalked out a route to the country, by crossing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

7. Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521):

He was a Portuguese explorer who led the Spanish expedition to the East Indies, from 1519 to 1522. He was a skilled sailor and naval and led the expedition, which later, when completed, turned out to be the first circumnavigation of the earth.

8. James Cook (1728-1779):

He was a Portuguese explorer who led the Spanish expedition to the East Indies, from 1519 to 1522. He was a skilled sailor and naval and led the expedition, which later, when completed, turned out to be the first circumnavigation of the earth.

9. Jeanne Baret (1740-1807):

Jeanne Baret was a French traveller. She created history, by becoming the first woman to complete a circumnavigation of the globe. An expert botanist herself, she enlisted to Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s expedition around the world by sea, disguised as a man, under the name Jean Baret.

10. Charles Darwin (1809-1882):

He is well known for his contribution to the science of evolution. But Charles Darwin was also an explorer and his expeditions aided his contributions as a naturalist. In 1831, he went on board the HMS Beagle, and travelled around the Atlantic and Indian oceans, New Zealand and Australia, to name a few. His findings were recorded by his as a narrative in his book, Journals and Remarks, which was later, published as The Voyage of The Beagle.

These were great expeditions carried on at times with little to no technology. Not everybody was capable of being a traveller, unlike recent times. With a constant growth in technology, travelling has become easy for everyone. Everything is available at just a tap on the screen. Everyone can now create travel stories of their own.

Make your own story possible, with the assistance of the CoRover Connect App. Use the app to take care of all your travelling needs, from hotels to flights. Meet people through the QR code based group and private chats and stay connected with fellow tourists. Ah! What a time to be alive.

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