One of the earliest monk travelers was named Siddhartha Gautama. Siddhartha became displeased with what he once found luxurious. Due to these strong feelings, he left his home and searched for enlightenment. After much seeking, Gautama sat under what is now known as the great Buddha tree, where he meditated and found peace.
Through travel, Siddhartha was able to seek out knowledge, discipline, and meditation. Travel gave Siddhartha the opportunity to find his purpose and have peace. For many people, travel gives an opportunity to learn new things and view the world in a different way. It helps us connect with the world on a closer level, and for some even to find their purpose. A lot of people have followed Siddhartha’s passion for travel and have decided to invent ways to make it easier.
Much of this came around the same time as the industrial revolution. James Watt is credited for helping bring the steam engine to life, with this invention people were finally able to travel across land at a faster rate. Henry Ford is credited for the invention of the assembly line, making his patented “Ford Motors” easier and more affordable to afford for the everyday consumer. And the Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, They are credited with being the first successful people to engineer a device capable of flying.
In just a couple hundred years Travel has made bounds and leaps in progress. Another famous explorer who never really found his real destination is Christopher Columbus. In 1492 Christopher Columbus took a long 10 week journey to where he hoped would be India. But he instead landed on the continent now known as North America. Most famous travelers that people tend to think of are famous for making big discoveries on accident such as Columbus did. People such as Lee Berger have found hidden caves with our human ancestors. He and his team have been credited for the discovery of over 1500 bones and a new ancestor to our human “family tree” called Homo Naledi