Travel Now and in 1901

I have been reading blogs about people’s travels and thinking about the difference between what we call traveling and what our ancestors called traveling.

In today’s blogs we have:

The Too Mutch For Words blog is about her travels all over the world to help people.

The 3rdchulturechildren blog is about their travels with the foreign service.

The harbin77 blog is about their travels on Cruise ships.

The Diary of a (Future) Historian blog tells us about her studies in Lithuania.

While the recorded travels of the past were:
1901 – Dubuque, Iowa newspaper Dubuque Daily Telegraph

Travel 1901
Travel 1901

After reading the blogs and the newspaper accounts I wonder if it is just a select number of people who travel and write about it; today they blog and in the past they informed the press.

What percentage of the population really travels?

In working on family trees and reading the old newspapers I got the sense that most people stayed in one place for a long time and never really traveled much, but now I don’t know.

I can’t judge by my own family as we have traveled all over the world and really didn’t think much of it. I was surprised, when I lived in Eaton Rapids, to hear the people say that they never traveling outside of their community. I thought traveling was the norm but now I am not sure.

Is traveling a luxury and like George Bailey we must have money to travel or be stuck in Bedford Falls?

I started to write this piece thinking I had all the answers and now all I have are more questions.

As Scarlett would say:

“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

Thank You

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.

27 comments

  1. I have moved a lot but my travel usual follows the patter of a few days in Cripple Creek with Mrs. Muggles. I did take one wild trip to Norway. It wasn’t really wild but it was to Norway. People I know do travel.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Kristin. Your Norway trip sounds like a great adventure you will have to document it so that the GGG-kids can all marvel at what GGG-grandma did; “She went to Norway?” “Where’s Norway?” “Look it up on your wrist pad…” It will get them interested in traveling there too. I think more people travel today, but I really don’t know. Our circle of friends might but as a whole population do we travel more than they did in the past?
      Thanks Again.
      Take Care.
      Jose

      1. When I think back to my great grandparents and my grandparents, they moved but they didn’t travel as much as we do now and they didn’t travel outside of the USA. My parents and my aunts and uncles traveled a bit more – to Mexico and to Canada (which was right across the border from us since we lived in Detroit.) Lots of people seem to go on cruises now.

        I did write up my trip to Norway, both as an article an on my blog so my grands will get to read about it.

      2. Thank you Kristin, I am glad your trip is written down somewhere for future generations to read. I too grew up in Detroit (Redford Township) which on the border of Detroit. I put that info in for the benefit of those who don’t know anything about Detroit. Downtown Detroit for me would be an hour’s bus ride depending on the traffic. I lived there from third grade in 1955 till I went into the Army in 1968, so almost my whole childhood. After the Army I moved to East Lansing and spent 30+ years in that area (80 miles from home). I then moved to Clarkston just north of Detroit (50 miles from Downtown) so I guess my homes have been just like the people in the census records; all moving but not real far from where they grew up.
        Interesting to look at it that way.
        Take Care.
        Jose

      3. My grandparents and great grandparents actually did move quite a distance from where they were born. My mother’s parents and one of her great grandmother’s moved from Montgomery, Alabama to Detroit in 1918. My father’s parents – his mother and family moved from Kentucky to Indianapolis. His father moved from Athens Tennessee to Indianapolis. After they married they moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1912 and then to Detroit in 1914. Their siblings made similar moves. My grandfather’s parents made trips visiting various children in different cities while my paternal grandparents visited siblings in different cities in MIchigan, back in Indiana and also in Athens, TN. They were a traveling bunch now that I think back.

  2. You’re welcome. I enjoy reading about your ship travels which gets me to thinking, what if you had been in the submarine corp? Hmm…
    Take Care.
    Jose

  3. Superb blog you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get comments from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks!

    1. Thank You for stopping by my blog. I don’t have any recommendations, all I can tell you is to write everyday and read other blogs. The people who have like minds will find you or you will find them and other links on your journey through blog sites. Sorry.
      Take Care.
      Jose

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