When I was trying to come up with a good name for this blog, I thought of Isabella Bird – the iconic Victorian author of ‘A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains’ and other gems. She is one of the authors featured in the John Murray Archive exhibition and so has a very special place in my heart.
Inspired by IBB, I started reading about other Lady Travellers and came across (thanks Royal Geographical Society!) the fabulous Hints to Lady Travellers: At Home and Abroad by Lillias Campbell Davidson, first published in 1889. Her book is full of useful tips (my favourite? If stays are worn at all, they should be short riding ones; but tight lacing and tricycle riding are deadly foes.) and encouragement for the independent female adventurer.
So in the spirit of Isabella Bird, Lillias Davidson and other intrepid ladies, I’m creating my own travelogue. It may not be A Spinster’s Tour of France or Unbeaten Tracks in Japan but I hope it will be a colourful and true record of my year chasing the summer.