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Over the ages, many women writers have sought inspiration in travel – both the long voyage to foreign shores and the shorter journey from countryside to town. Some left their homes and settled permanently in distant climes in a venture to come to terms with existential crises. Or their travels were made for reasons of religious faith, as in the cases of Birgitta of Vadstena and Queen Christina of Sweden.

Others found their childhood setting too restrictive in comparison with the freedom promised by a pulsating urban scene. Yet others travelled for work purposes, reporting back to newspapers and magazines at home about the war, culture, and women’s lives elsewhere in the world. Short and long trip alike have left their mark in the annals of literature.