“I have nothing more to say. Do you mean me to go straight on to Africa to search for Dr. Livingstone?”
“No! I wish you to go to the inauguration of the Suez Canal first, and then proceed up the Nile. I hear Baker is about starting for Upper Egypt. Find out what you can about his expedition, and as you go up describe as well as possible whatever is interesting for tourists; and then write up a guide – a practical one – for Lower Egypt; tell us about whatever is worth seeing and how to see it.
“Then you might as well go to Jerusalem; I hear Captain Warren is making some interesting discoveries there. Then visit Constantinople, and find out about that trouble between the Khedive and the Sultan.
“Then – let me see – you might as well visit the Crimea and those old battle-grounds, then go across the Caucasus to the Caspian Sea; I hear there is a Russian expedition bound for Khiva. From thence you may get through Persia to India; you could write an interesting letter from Persepolis.
“Baghdad will be close on your way to India; suppose you go there, and write up something about the Euphrates Valley Railway. Then, when you have come to India, you can go after Livingstone. Probably you will hear by that time that Livingstone is on his way to Zanzibar, but if not, go into the interior and find him.”
Excerpt from How I Found Livingstone by Sir Henry M. Stanley