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Questions tagged [travel]

For questions about the movement of people between locations, includes migration.

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For what reasons would an animal species NOT cross a *horizontal* land bridge?

In my worldbuilding project, 2 continents located on roughly the same latitude are connected by a land bridge. Both sides of the bridge are surrounded by a temperate grassland, and the lack of seasons ...
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Portals to other worlds and disease

Say character A develops an ability to travel to other worlds where no one from her world has been before but the world contains native organic sentient populations that are similar/the same in ...
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What would a global highway look like?

I've been toying with the idea of a global highway that completely circles the globe. Ideally it would (on average) be as close to the equator as possible but also hit or at least come close to major ...
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Medieval travel times [closed]

I read another thread Travel time in Medieval times about this, but I'm still struggling to find a more definitive answer. I have a town suffering from scarce food, due to previous years of crops not ...
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Anal Retentiveness in a tribal nomadic society - why would it be advantageous?

Please note: This has no relation to any real persons on this site or elsewhere and should not be taken to be such. In my world there is a human nomadic desert tribe. They have a long-standing custom ...
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Ancient, medieval, and middle ages ship speeds

I think an opportunity was missed when this question was asked, but closed. It is relevant to worldbuilding in the same way that this question and this question are, to determine how far apart ...
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Could a Romanesque civilization develop chariots (carts, transportation etc) that could survive being ejected out of a magical tunnel at high speeds?

In the setting I am working on there is a sort of "subspace" torrent of energy (called Essence) that wraps around the world. Imagine magical, and definite, lines of latitude. This torrent of energy is ...
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Would a GUT-monopole powered rocket be feasible?

Would a rocket or Bussard ramjet powered by monopole induced proton decay (Callan-Rubakov mechanism) be a feasible method for near-light interstellar flight? There are such drives in the Orion's Arm ...
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Ocean travel in a world with sea monsters [closed]

How would sea travel develop if certain parts of our oceans were filled with monsters? The setting It takes place on our lovely Earth. No geography changed at all, and you'll see why I wanted to ...
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Could an astronaut manually land a reentry vessel in a specific location without any help from ground control or satellites or anything? [closed]

So, let's say an astronaut has crashed his shuttle into earth only to find that there are no cities or any signs of human-made objects left on earth. Another astronaut is orbiting earth in her space ...
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Is a horse a suitable familiar for this wandering wizard? [closed]

Most wizards stay in their City of Wonders. Everything they need is there. However once in a while an adventurous soul decides they would like to explore the outside world. On the outside everything ...
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Semi-accessible continent

I have a bit of a problem. My largest dragons have a flight range of over 1000 miles, but I have another continent that is only reachable by ship significantly closer (just over 750 miles). I can't ...
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Essentials for life in the modern era [closed]

What would someone in a modern city need for life? They do not have a house, and live in a place with only a bedroom and bathroom, like a dorm room style thing. They are limited to one carry on ...
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Near spherical alien species - How can they move?

The setting On an Earth-like planet but with completely different flora and fauna there is the Great Plain. It is similar in size to the Serengeti National Park on Earth. The Plain is surrounded by ...
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Post-Apocalypse Vessel To Sail The Great Lakes [closed]

What would be a good design for a vessel that has to transverse the Great Lakes region, from Lake Superior to Lake Ontario, and do so fairly regularly? Some Info Resources: a good amount ...
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What would be a plausible speed for a 22nd century military ship?

No, I am not talking about space ships, I am talking about water-based ships sailing the oceans on planet Earth. What would be a plausible cruise speed and maximum speed for what would be the ...
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How can character find out when/where she is?

A character from 1920's England is unexpectedly flung into the distant past in a strange place. (It's around 1000 BCE in Mesopotamia). How can she discover roughly when and where she is? What key ...
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Furnishing fantasy inns [closed]

My basic question is This: what would the basic contents of an inn or hotel room be during the pre-industrial period. The room would have to include the following: Bed ir mattress of some kind (what ...
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How to make my map realistic? [closed]

So I'm making a map of my fantasy world (it's got six main continents and it's an earth like planet) and I'm not entirely sure how to make it realistic, and I'm not entirely sure where to start. I ...
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How do I escape from my knight duties? [closed]

This question was inspired by How to survive for a day if everyone is trying to kill you. We're in a country that is basically 16th century Scotland. Born a girl, from a noble family, I became a ...
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How far can a person travel by foot in a month

Given the following conditions: There are no huge geological obstacles in the way. No mountains, oceans or cliffs. It's all rolling hills and trees (not forests). A person could live off the land, so ...
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How to provide health care in a rugged, vast and low populated country?

Background In a far flung land, there exists the country of Coldesia. It is large, around the size of the US state of Alaska. Most of the country is covered with either barren mountain ranges or ...
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How far can you travel on horseback while pushing the horse to the brink?

Wanting to keep my writing realistic, I try to keep distances traveled in the humanely possible range. The current setting is thus: Medieval style world, roads available, they are travelling north, ...
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Effects of travelling Widdershins [duplicate]

(Widdershins is a Scottish term which means "contrary to the sun's course".) It's quite simple: part of the worldbuilding is that certain people are forced to travel around the globe perpetually ...
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What do Lunar colonists drive in the 21st century?

So I my question is quite simple. With current technology or technology that we are likely to gain this century would it be easier for Lunar colonization programs to develop wheeled vehicles or ...
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How quickly could a Norse longboat get from Denmark to “Vinland” (Newfoundland) and beyond?

Alright, departing from my usual fantasy setting to something of a thought experiment. Let's say, for argument's sake, some Dane longboat captain in the 10th or 11th century worked out how to make a ...
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Largest Population for Ancient World Migration/Encampment

What is a reasonable range of number of people that could participate in a cohesive and centrally organized migration/encampment? Assumptions: Ancient times, desert terrain. People include adults ...
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Which professions warranted travel in Medieval times?

I'm trying to come up with characters whose backgrounds allow them to have homes, histories, and skills, but will still enable or encourage them to travel in a typical medieval setting. I've never ...
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Moving between levels in a gigantic tower-world?

In my sci-fi setting, people live in a gigantic metallic tower. For the sake of simplicity, let's say that each floor, or level, is a circle of around 200 km radius. Levels can be either empty, full ...
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How would a sailing ship travel on land?

Or, more specifically : How, starting with a regular ~16th something-century sailing ship, could it be possible to modify it to go on both land and sea? In a pre-industrial setting, no fuel, no steam. ...
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What vehicle would be the best one to start a >1000 km travel in a post apocalyptic zombie situation?

In order to define the best vehicle these inputs have to be taken into account: The zombies are the classical ones, "the walking dead" ones are a perfect example (definitely killed only by headshot, ...
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How often would an isolated village be visited?

Let's imagine a very tiny medieval village with a population of 20 to 50 people. This is the furthest village, the land next to it is very difficult to use. It is in the rough part of the country, ...
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Mobile hydroponics vehicle

I had an idea for a group of nomads/travellers who sustain themselves with mobile hydroponics system and whatever they can grow on the move. How feasible would it be to have a mobile hydroponic farm ...
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How can I get my character home? [closed]

I'm writing a story in which my character has become unconscious due to physical means and due to the inability to kill him, his villains have drugged and moved him overseas to get him out of the way. ...
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Discovery of space-time distortion via post-apocalyptic cartography?

So I have been working on a world where space has been "cracked" by some mysterious disaster which plunged the world into chaos. It is not immediately apparent - i.e. no giant glowing holes in the ...
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Is it realistic to sleep outdoors while traveling along roads

Did research on map-building to get an idea of how to make a good fictional area, and get an idea of travel times. I consistently found it said that Towns are roughly a days walk apart, and villages ...
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Average Speed when Caving

I have some underground travel (walking/climbing) by humans that I need to calculate time for, so I am looking for some "baseline" to go by. As such, I'm trying to figure out the average speed of ...
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What would the “tanks” of an underwater race look like?

Note: Some answers will refer to not just tanks, as previously I asked about military vehicles in general, then edited it because it was too broad. So, right now I'm working on a project centred ...
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Motivations for Space travel after the apocalypse?

After a long forgotten apocalypse, humanity struggled to rebuild itself, so of course, no one has been in outer space for over half a Millenia. In the early days after the cataclysm, newly formed ...
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Travel in Empire Pangea

In a world where tectonic plates decided this whole continental drift fad was just too much work and lets just hang out for a few more hundred million years, life has arisen, stomped around for a ...
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How far away could two countries be to have a relationship in ancient times?

Nowadays distance between countries doesn't matter too much. One of the United State's worst enemies is on the other side of the world! There have been wars that are fought thousands of miles away ...
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Speed of flying bird [closed]

If you had a bird which was large enough to ride, how fast could it fly? I need this information to work out the scale for my maps as i know how long it takes for one of the birds to fly from A to B.
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What would Naga marching-formation look like?

Human marching formation is simple enough to understand. But how does this work when you have naga (left in the picture)? Their snake tails, particularly if very long, are going to make a tight ...
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Could a crew of astronauts survive a crash landing onto a planet? [closed]

In my story, there is a crew of 7 astronauts in cryogenic suspension traveling through interstellar space. But all of a sudden, an asteroid hits their ship and they are forced to make a landing on a ...
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Tents in medieval fantasy?

Context: my protagonist is a single woman travelling on horseback with an all-male company, from whom she has reason to fear violence and would be strongly resistant to sharing sleeping quarters with ...
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Reason to not use boats when there is a is river [closed]

In my fantasy world, there is a massive river that flows through the heart of the empire. This river is used for obtaining potable water as well as feeding crops, however, boating is strictly ...
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How fast did the news travel at the height of the Mongol Empire?

When Ghenghis Khan was establishing his great empire, he felt that it was important to allow information to travel quickly. He created a postal system which allowed everyone from commoners to the ...
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Reason to go around the world [closed]

May it be that following question would fit better in Writers section (and then, I would like to ask for migrating of question there), but I hope that it can answered here, too - because in this story,...
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How long would it take to travel approximately 170 miles by foot?

The time period is ~medieval. Imagine two characters who are physically fit. One comes from a city, the other has lived his life in the forest. The total distance they'll cover is ~170 miles. The ...
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Most ergonomical city shape & design [closed]

I'm designing a city, I want to know what the most efficient city design/shape would be, I think square would be bad because the people in the corners would take too long to get to the city center, ...