The sexual motives of travel are rarely spelled out. Travel books, social histories, guides and brochures favour a more wholesome image of tourist pursuits. But in the shadows there is an alternative history of tourism made up of precisely the details that usually go unmentioned. It is this history that Sultry Climates sets out to explore.
Among the many travellers discussed here are eighteenth-
What emerges from their stories is a continuing thread of erotic experience, for the most part neglected or ignored by cultural historians, that has been central to the meaning of travel for women as well as men, gay people as well as straight.
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