The big luggage went a fortnight ago
Making the journey abroad
in Women, travel and identity
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The years between 1870 and 1940 were years of mass mobility, migration and journeying. Over these decades, the journey abroad emerged as the most universal and popular female travel experience of the period. By examining women's reactions to their journeys and the technology that took them abroad, another dimension of women's experiences of both mobility and migration is revealed, in which women's confidence and personal engagement come to the fore. In September 1830, the first passenger railway between Liverpool and Manchester opened. The emergence of steam technology was also crucial in transforming maritime journeys abroad. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 was a pivotal factor in the reduction of the length of sea journeys. Many scheduled passenger services to India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and New Zealand opted to use it.

Women, travel and identity

Journeys by rail and sea, 1870–1940


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