A Different Type of Homesick

As a child, Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was known for her sickly temperament and poor health. Eventually, a doctor suggested to her father that she would benefit from a long sea voyage.

Her travels to the United States at the age of 24 were the beginning of a long life of traveling. From there, Isabella travelled to Australia; Hawaii, where she climbed an active volcano; the Rocky Mountains, where she won the heart of the famous mountain man Jim Nugent; Japan; India; Tibet; and Morocco. She wrote many books (several of them bestsellers) of her voyages and on other subjects. Throughout her travels Isabella remained in good health, only falling ill upon her return visits to England where she passed away in 1904 at the age of 72.

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