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Charles Dickens Esquire embarked on a steam packet out of Liverpool in
January 1842, beginning an extended tour of parts of Canada and the
United States. His adventures and commentary about his travels,
the people he met and the politics of the time were serialized and later
published as "American Notes".
Reading of his experiences on the "passage out" puts our present day travel into clear perspective. His 'state room' with berths "than which nothing smaller for sleeping in was ever made except coffins" may sound familiar; the three or for days of 'heavy seas' and headwinds that rendered all the passengers and many crew helpless and the temporary landfall on a shoal before eventually reaching Boston Harbour some eighteen days later, would be more hardship than most of our pampered population could tolerate.
Ask Mr. Dickens if he would like to do the same trip in under six hours and he'd gaze at you in astonishment as the likely trip from London to Liverpool would have taken longer .than that ... although its almost guaranteed that the steam train from London would have left exactly on time. Oh for the 'good old days'!
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Travelocity is wholly owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG), the leading provider of technology and marketing services for the travel industry.
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President and CEO Michael Thomas founded OneTravel.com, Inc. in September 1995 just as the online travel industry was starting to develop. Thomas’ mission was to develop an automated way to sell travel-related products on the Internet. Launched in January 1996, OneTravel.com quickly earned a position as a leading travel site for budget-oriented consumers.