I remember the first book about travel was a present from my aunt, which tells the story of a 14 year old German boy who runs away from home. He dreamed of America and wanted to meet Buffalo Bill. The author was Felix Count Luckner. Later called the “Seeteufel” (Sea Devil), a modern buccaneer who sailed for the Imperial German Navy.
I remember the first book about travel was a present from my aunt
He fulfilled his duty as an experienced mariner and captain on sailing ships. He broke the British blockades in the North Sea in the early half of the First World War. Then he sank tons of Allied ships and their cargo with the three-masted sailing ship Seeadler (Sea-Eagle). The crews of the captured ships remained guests on the See-Adler. This is how Count Luckner waged war. That no life was endangered, not even that of the ship’s cats. After the war he became an ambassador for international understanding for war-ravaged Germany.
Few people know Heinz Helfgen, who at the beginning of 1950 traveled around the world by bicycle
Well-known scientists such as Alexander v. Humboldt, Wilhelm v. Württemberg and Prince Pückler-Muskau are my favorites for travelogues. Few people know Heinz Helfgen, who at the beginning of 1950 traveled around the world by bicycle from Germany. His book “Ich radle um die Welt” (I cycle around the world) was for me at the age of 12 the exciting story of a courageous adventurer.
Cartographers like Balduin Möllhausen and writers like Gustave Flaubert are also first choice. Traveling fascinated me as a child and still does today. No wonder that I’ve always wanted to work internationally and have been doing this since 1981. I have visited 130 countries around the world, for business or pleasure. And I hope to add some of the remaining 65 to the list if my health allows.
I will from time to time report on past or current trips on my news blog page. Just have a look every now and then at: https://arlt.us/en/news/