Anne Lister's Travel Tips & Reviews
Anne Lister traveled as much as her means allowed and she hoped to travel further had her journey not been cut short in Kutaisi, Georgia, in 1840.
Through her writing we know how meticulous she was about capturing the daily weather as well as logging her expenses and business dealings, but it is during her travels across England and abroad that we see the world from her perspective—that of someone with very high expectations of everything and who spares no words for a world deserving of critique.
Below is a collection of Anne Lister's many sharp and often humorous travel observations transcribed from her journal entries, travel journals and letters to friends and family. Every travel "review" is a verbatim quote excerpted with the specific location and date called out.
"I shall always be sure as I travel along that my observations, when made at the instant, are correct, at least as far as they can be so."
—Anne Lister, 2 September 1822
Anne's travel tips at a glance
Explore the map to navigate the reviews geographically, or skip below to read them in full grouped by country.
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Anne Lister's travel reviews on TripAdvisor
Many of the excerpts shown above were originally shared between 13-14 April, 2020 as individual travel reviews on TripAdvisor.com under @FineMorning, a profile dedicated to celebrating Anne Lister. Fifty three reviews were posted and the profile lasted two days before TripAdvisor removed them without comment. Below is the original content of this page, for posterity:
If Anne Lister were a modern traveler, it would be reasonable to expect she would act no different, but perhaps employ different tools. In that spirit, we have collected some of her many observations as TripAdvisor Reviews in her own dedicated profile, to celebrate her sharp and often humorous travel commentary.
This is not a parody—every "review" is a verbatim quote transcribed from her own writing followed by the original date included in brackets (as TripAdvisor does not allow a visit date older than a year). These are real reviews in every sense, including their humor and harshness.
See all Anne Lister TripAdvisor reviews at https://www.tripadvisor.com/Profile/FineMorning.
You can follow Anne's profile to receive alerts when new reviews are added. Note that most reviews are of locations and landmarks. We avoided including reviews of businesses that are still in operation so as not to disrupt their livelihood or confuse their patrons given Anne's frequently harsh words about an earlier time.
To explore more of Anne Lister's travel journeys, check out the interactive maps that include extracts from her journals and travel journals.