Nearchus the Voyager lived during a time when the great shadow of Alexander cast it’s light over all in the world, he would be remembered as one of the great explorers of history otherwise.
Can Hanno the Navigator even be classified as a vagabond? To my mind, the answer is yes – in that a vagabond is anyone who sets out on a voyage of discovery where the unknown is the biggest thing that is known.
He’s worked with charities, supported survivors of abuse and natural disasters, given those listeners who need hope, charity, or understanding a way to empower themselves, and on top of that – he serves as an example that it is okay to be a good, nice guy and you don’t have to finish last if you are.
Not only the father of history but of anthropology, and one can equally (but not so forcefully) argue he is the father of all travel writers and vagabonds.
World travel was important to Che. Sure, you see his image on all kinds of clueless college kids t-shirts and hoodies and maybe later he was responsible for thousands of heartless deaths, but you gotta love that medical student who set out on his friend’s motorcycle to see the world.
Traveling round the world doesn’t usually involve conquest of foreign lands but for Temujin, also known as Genghis Khan, conquest was probably just a means of travel.
Traveling the world used to be a game that only the men played, but as in all fields, brave pioneers broke out of the Victorian conception of women as meek and mild and showed that even the hardest travel makes no distinction among the sexes. Isabelle Eberhardt was one of these extraordinary feminist vagabonds.
He conquered an entire empire. Sure, it was shitty for Montezuma, but for Cortez? It must have been cool.