The Travel Kit: The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers

12/01/2012 § 2 Comments

Virago: vi-ra-go, noun
\və-ˈrä-(ˌ)gō, -ˈrā-; ˈvir-ə-ˌgō\
a woman of great stature, strength, and courage

The word comes from the Latin word vir, meaning virile ‘man,’
to which the suffix -ago is added,
a suffix that effectively re-genders the word to be female.

I recently received a copy of The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers, detailing the stories of several remarkable viragoes throughout history, in their own words.  Included in the compendium are excerpts from the writings of aviatrix Beryl Markham, Out of Africa author Isak Dinesen, Middle East explorer Gertrude Bell, and aristocrat Vita Sackville-West who was the lover of Virginia Woolf and served as the inspiration for Woolf’s novel Orlando.

Perhaps a coffee table book is not what you would consider an essential part of your travel kit, but one of the most important elements of choosing my next travel destination is the inspiration that draws me to a specific part of the world: be it through art, music, literature or fashion.  My initial perusal of this lovely book has definitely lead me to consider a few unconventional destinations — a bit more off the beaten path — for my next excursion.  If you like historical accounts of adventuresome ladies in foreign lands, definitely pick this book up.

The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers
Edited by Mary Morris with Larry O’Connor.
Available in paperback on Amazon here, and a few can be had on eBay here.

~*~Further QC Travel Kit posts here.~*~

Advertisements

Tagged: ,

§ 2 Responses to The Travel Kit: The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers

  • My girl crush on you just increased exponentially.

  • Rey says:

    It is my first time to have came upon the word virago. I have not read it before. Nevertheless, I love travel memoirs and I can’t wait to get a copy of this book. Its exciting to see how heroines fair and succeed in their travels in various foreign places.

    Rey

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

What’s this?

You are currently reading The Travel Kit: The Illustrated Virago Book of Women Travellers at Quite Continental.

meta

%d bloggers like this: