TRAVELING EXISTED THROUGHOUT
Medical reasons: doctors were sought out for their knowledge, their aliments. The possibility and the hope for a cure from disease was a major motivation of travel.
Business: depending on the sphere of responsibility, traveling occurred from region to region, church officials to the administrative end of the government, as well as travel for economic gains.
• ECCELESTICAL – Religious travel existed for variety of reasons: Administrative, Church Councils, Church affairs, theological debates, the imposing of new church officials and authorities.
• GOVERNMENT – Administrative reasons, movement of government officials, new taxes or new laws and decrees that were set - were all means of why government officials would travel from region to region, making sure the current government was following law and order.
– Merchants traveled from
Society of that time went on religious voyages, pilgrimages, traveling
east or west seeking holy cities, relics, hoping to be closer to God. Many people traveled for holy days, for
the celebration of Easter in
VACATION, TOURISM, ENTERTAINMENT: Curiosity and shear pleasure guided the reasons for travel. Society traveled from the rural region to the urban city for entertainment: the theatre, museums, art, gladiator events, municipal events, or even the Olympics
Vacation and tourism were also a component of
traveling. People were curious of
various regions. Therefore, many
vacationed to these regions:
Also, many people traveled to find and discover answers of myths. Did Werewolves exist? Or tribes with flat faces or tribes without tongues?
ACADEMICS: Many theologians, philosophers traveled in search of academies, libraries, or centers of learning.
The west traveled to the East to discover the ‘Old World’. The East traveled to the West for trade and economic gain. Also, many people traveled to deliver news. Communication Roads and networks were built to connect an empire and deliver news of the times.