Travel as we understand it today, meaning a pleasurable pastime, developed in the mid-19th century.
From travels of exploration, discovery or education to our current day mass tourism, the concept of travel has undergone a immense development. For a long time travelling was the privilege of the rich nobility. Sons born into noble families in the 18th century were expected to complete an educational "Grand Tour" of central Europe, Italy and Spain. In the era of enlightenment educational travel became fashionable with the upper bourgeoisie and in 1841 Thomas Cook offered the first ever package holiday. Mass tourism is a phenomenon of the 20th century reflecting social reforms, holiday entitlement for workers and increased mobility. Germans and the Chinese are the travel champions of the world. This is an automatic compilation of DW content pertaining to "travel".
Facts on brain drain are either hard to find or old. But one thing remains clear: those who can travel will do so to expand their professional horizons. The question is whether they return and share their experiences.
The German government is no longer just verbally distancing itself from Ankara, but taking concrete measures. This move is long overdue, but there is no certainty that it will bring results, writes DW's Christoph Strack.
Space travel sounds super, doesn't it? But do yourself a favor and know what you're getting into. That's advice from astronomer, Neil F. Comins. He's written a timely guide for would-be Mars and moon colonists.