They say it used to cost $5,000 to fly from NY to Paris
May 13, 2010 11:41 PM Subscribe
Help me learn what travel was like back in the day!
posted by blazingunicorn to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (26 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I'm tired of hearing people (myself included) gripe about airports and annoying hotel check-ins, and want to wax nostalgic for the days when people couldn't book their rooms online or see videos of the places they wanted to visit. Don't we take the relative cost of air travel for granted now? How did people prepare for The Great Tour, or trips to Europe 75 years ago?
Any book or movie recommendations to help me learn about the reality of what traveling, not just exploring, used to be like? The only fiction I can think of is The English Patient and Under the Sheltering Sky, but since those don't examine the mechanics of being on the move or leaving home, they're not really what I'm looking for. Nonfiction narratives and bios of movers and shakers especially welcome.