Isabella Lucy Bird was one of the most influential female travel writers of the Victorian era. She was also known as a British explorer, missionary, journalist, and author. Bird was viewed as a well-educated woman which was uncommon for this period. Her life was marked by numerous health issues, which consequently affected all aspects of her daily life. (World In The West). In order to relieve her constant pain, physicians recommended to Bird that she embark on a travel regiment. She traveled to the United States, and composed journal entries and letters to her sister, Henrietta. It was this trip that ignited a profound sense of enthusiasm for travel and leisure writing which prompted trips to Korea, Japan, Canada, Hawaii, Tibet, Malaysia, and Colorado. Bird combined personal insight and scientific knowledge of her destinations to provide the reader with an engaging account of her travels. She dedicated her life to challenging Western perceptions of Eastern cultures, critiquing the treatment of women in lower classes, and presenting a vision of places not yet understood by society.