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".
In the chaos of fighting, animals are often left behind or forgotten. Zoo animals are unable to escape the frightening realities of war around their cages. Amazingly, there are people who travel in the opposite direction of retreating civilians and head into harm's way to save these animals. Dr. Amir Khalil is one of them, having spent 25 years as a veterinarian and rescuing thousands of animals.