Who Are Some Famous Fictional Travellers?

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Gemma Wyer Profile
Gemma Wyer answered
There are many famous fictional travellers, and I have listed some below:

  • Lemuel Gulliver
  • Sal Paradise
  • Ryan Bingham
  • The Pilgrims from The Canterbury Tales
  • Odysseus
Lemuel Gulliver

Perhaps one of the most famous fictional travellers, Gulliver was the narrator and main character of the novel by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels. Gulliver's journey started in 1699 and ended in 1715, and during it, he came across different places and people, who each taught him something about himself, and the world around him.

Sal Paradise
Salvatore 'Sal' Paradise is the narrator and main character of Jack Kerouac's novel,  On The Road. Sal goes on a journey across America with Dean Moriarty in a search for freedom.

Ryan Bingham Ryan Bingham is the lead character in Walter Kirn's 2001 novel, Up in the Air. Bingham is trying to reach one million frequent-flyer miles, a number only achieved by nine other people.  It takes him six days, as he passes through eight cities to become the youngest person to ever reach the target.

The Pilgrims from The Canterbury Tales The Pilgrims, from Chaucer's fourteenth century collection of stories, are travelling together from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. The prize for this contest is a free meal at the Tabard Inn, upon their return. 

The tale of the pilgrims, a knight, a cook, the wife of bath, a clerk, and a monk (among others) tells an engaging story of how travel can bring strangers together.

Odysseus
Homer's The Odyssey, tells the tale of Odysseus's journey home, after the fall of Troy.  It takes him ten years to reach home and during his absence, his wife and son believe that he is dead.





Lily Bradic Profile
Lily Bradic , Literature Student and Reader, answered

There are so many famous fictional travellers - the first ones to come into my head were actually Marty Mcfly from the Back to the Future movie series and the Doctor from Doctor Who, but they're both time-travellers!

To keep things simple, I'll stick with travellers from books, and leave out TV and movies.

Famous Fictional (non-time-travelling!) Travellers

  • Sal from On The Road by Jack Kerouac — this has got to be the most obvious one for me. It's a brilliant book, and always makes me want to go hitchhiking myself!
  • Raoul Duke from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson — more of a journalist than a traveller, but who's to say that you can't be both?
  • Frodo from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien — I don't think you'll find a book with a bigger journey in it than this one. My feet hurt just thinking about it.
  • Humbert Humbert from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov — although the travelling isn't what most people remember about this book, Humbert and Dolores certainly spend a lot of time going from place to place!
  • Odysseus from The Odyssey by Homer — I take back what I said about Frodo's journey being the longest - thinking about it, Odysseus probably travelled a lot further!

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Andrea Heatherington
I have to apologize, I wrote in my answer that I hadn't seen Doctor Who on this list! And you were the first to answer, I feel silly. Thanks for including him!
Lily Bradic
Lily Bradic commented
Haha, no problem — can't forget the Doctor!
Allen Taylor Profile
Allen Taylor , Since these haven't been mentioned yet ... , answered

  • Huckleberry Finn (Adventures of ...)
  • Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock (Star Trek)
  • Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • Ishmael and Captain Ahab (Moby Dick)
  • Louis Wu (protagonist in Ringworld by Larry Niven)
  • Don Quixote (Need I?)
  • Wendy Darling (Peter Pan)
  • Alice in Wonderland (Of course)
  • Arthur Dent (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy)
  • Slacker (Flubbing The Universe by yours truly) :-)

Melinda Moore Profile
Melinda Moore , Writer, editor, avid reader, answered

Apart from the fictional travellers mentioned by other Blurtit users, there are also others who have been overlooked - those who feature in some classic children's books, and who travel in unexpected ways.

Alison Uttley's A Traveller in Time was one of my favourite books when I was a young child.

As the title suggests, this book features a main character, Penelope, who travels not just in the normal sense (of moving from one place to another), but also back and forth in time, between the present day and the Elizabethan era. 

I also loved Madeleine L'Engle's children's sci-fi novel, A Wrinkle in Time, which also deals with time travel, or - in the case - the wrinkling of time.

Then we come to C.S. Lewis's wonderful series of children's novels, The Chronicles of Narnia, in which the Pevensie children travel backwards and forwards between worlds - mainly between our own and the land of Narnia.

However, in one of the books of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Magician's Nephew, there are glimpses of many alternative worlds, which the main characters slip into and out of, via the "wood between the worlds".

More recently, there have been two hugely-successful series of children's books, both of which have dealt with the subject of travelling between different worlds.

The first is J.K. Rowling's series of novels featuring Harry Potter, in which Harry and his friends travel between Hogwarts School and their normal lives by train, which they catch from a concealed platform at King's Cross station - Platform 9 3/4.

Ordinary people, or muggles, as they are referred to in the books, aren't even able to see this platform, let alone access it.

The other recent publishing phenomenon (of a series of books for children which featured travelling - or slipping - between worlds) is, of course, Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.

In these novels, the main characters, Lyra and Will, travel through a series of parallel universes, against a truly epic background of events.

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Lily Bradic
Lily Bradic commented
Glad you mentioned Northern Lights — Lyra's such a great character, and there's a lot of trekking in the first book, as well as all the universe-hopping in the following two!
Karl Sagan Profile
Karl Sagan answered

The first character that comes to mind is Sal Paradise from the novel On the Road. It used to be my favorite work, and I can tell you it inspired me to start traveling as well. But now I just visit some countries from time to time, and not so long ago, I discovered food tour nashville, so now I'll also go on such tours in different countries as well.

Joan Profile
Joan answered
  • Gulliver of Gulliver's Travels comes to mind.
  • Speed Racer travelled everywhere and did it very quickly. 
  • Thomas the Train was a traveller. 
  • We must not leave out Santa Claus, who travels the entire world in 24 hours and makes some very important stops along the way.  
  • The Easter Bunny is a well known traveller.  

Those are the first ones that entered my mind.

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