10 Greatest Fictional Travelers
Lists: From La Mancha to Lilliput, Jim Benning and Michael Yessis track down the world's finest made-up globetrotters
08.23.07 | 1:23 PM ET
Fictional travelers have inspired our travels just as much as real-world travelers. To pay tribute, we’ve searched the corners of our English major brains to come up with the foremost fictional travelers: characters new and old whose travels are central to who they are, and whose journeys have helped shape and enlighten the world we live in. Here are World Hum’s 10 greatest fictional travelers.
10) Dora the Explorer
Kids need travel role models as much as adults, and the animated Latina vagabond Dora the Explorer is an exemplary role model. With her trademark purple backpack, wash-and-wear bob (perfect for the tropics) and monkey sidekick, Boots (Sancho Panza to her Don Quixote), Dora wanders a lush countryside, navigating around strawberry mountains and chocolate lakes, embarking on all manner of quests. Along the way, she consults her trusty map, breaks out handy Spanish phrases, asks viewers for help and sings out, “Come on, vámonos!” The message to kids is clear: The world is yours for the exploring, and with a little effort and help from your friends, you can surmount any obstacles that get in your way.