I'm in the process of doing some research on comparing differences in the attitudes of travellers and the problems they faced in the 19th century and early 20th century, as compared to the traveller of today.
Would be really grateful if people could share some thoughts on this.
psssssssssssssst...I am not THAT old!!
I have no idea of the attitudes of 19th century travellers....
If you have some questions that are more specific, I am sure there are tons of people here that would be glad to help out in any way we can.
I wouldn't have thought that as many travellers would have considered diseases in those days as there wasn't the facilities or research available to detect them or prevent them in the same way as today and because not as many people travelled. The world was still being widely explored in those days, while we seemed to have got quite a vast grasp on what is happening where now.
However, must agree with Cupcake, that you should narrow your search down a bit.
That's ironic - I'm just writing about diseases that are erradicated in the west but still run rampant in underdevelopped countries - like polio, for example. I wonder if travellers back then worried about catching diseases that had no cure? Or if travellers today ever give it a second thought?
I was also wondering what people who've never been vaccinated (or choose not to vaccinate their kids, for whatever reason) think of travelling. Would you bring your un-vaccinated child to a country where polio still exists? Would you risk contracting measels in a country where it runs rampant?
Thanks to all that replied. I'll try to narrow down my question -
In planning your trip where do you feel travel health ranked on your list of priorities. Compared to researching your trip, how much time have you spent researching travel health?
then we call them travellers...now, we call them tourists; then they travelled, not sure if they would return alive; now "they" travel with fear, take all kinds of precautions to make sure they return home- safe and sound alive...sometimes, as "healthy carriers" of diseases.