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Greeks

Facts about the history of


Early
travel
tourism

The Greeks continued in the tradition of the great traders.


Early
peoples
tended
to stay in one
Because water was the most
important
means
of moving
commercial goods, Greek cities
grew up along the coast, thus
place.
ensuring that travel was primarily by sea.

Travel was essentially to look for food


Pleasure travel did exist in three
areas: danger.
or to escape
for religious festivals,
for sporting events (most
notably the Olympic Games), and
In ancient times we began to see the
to visit cities, especially
Athens.
development
of routes for the
Romans
purpose
of facilitating
trade and the
Travel developed in Roman times
for several
reasons.
The development of cities along water ways, such as the Nile River
Mediterranean
Sea,Roman
encouraged
development
of water
and
Thethe
control
of the growing
Empirethe
stimulated
trade and
led
to the growth of a large middle class with the money to travel;
travel

Roman coins were all the traveler had to carry to finance the trip;
Egyptians
The
of transportation,
roads
and
waterways,
were
excellent;
At means
the peak
of the Egyptian
era,
travel
for both
business
and
pleasure began to prosper.
Communication was relatively easy as Greek and Latin were the
principal
Travelinglanguages;
was necessary between the central government and the
distant territories.
The sporting games started by the Greeks were copied in the fightsto-the-death of the Roman gladiators.
To accommodate travelers on official business, hospitality centers
were built along
major
routes and
in the cities.
Sightseeing
was also
popular,
particularly
trips to Greece.
Egyptians
pleasure,
public
festivals
were held
Touring
wasalso
alsotraveled
popular for
to Egypt,
siteand
of the
Sphinx
and the
Pyramids,
and atoyear.
Asia Minor, scene of the Trojan War. Aristotle
severalAsia
times
visited
Minor before establishing his famous school.
Assyrians and Persians
It was at this time that an unknown scholar developed the idea of
the Seven Wonders of the World.

The Assyrians
improved roads were improved, established
A
final development
that ofand
second
homes
and vacations
markers
to indicate was
distances,
posts
and wells
were developed
associated with them. Villas spread from Rome south to Naples,
for safety
andtofeeding.
near
the sea,
the mountains, and to mineral spas.
The Persians continued improvements in the travel infrastructure.
New kinds of wagons were developed including a four-wheeled
carriage for the rich.