In my Elizabethan mystery novel, Final Act, all the action takes place in London, but in the sequel (in production), Connolly Flynn must do a little traveling. Interesting to note that in Elizabethan England you couldn't just buy a ticket on the next carriage heading north, or rent a horse and wagon to take you to the seashore without permission, without a license in fact, obtained from the Bailiff at Guild Hall. Caught out of town without a license, you would be considered a vagrant, with unhappy results. One reason for restricting travel was to help prevent the spread of plagues and such. Also, the authorities didn't want the poor to be wandering around, going from town to town seeking handouts.
Perhaps we, in the U.S. in the 21st century ought to think about reinstating this sort of practice. It would be a great way to raise funds, if you charged for the license, without having to soak the rich. Plus, it would probably cut down on traffic on interstate highways, and lessen crowds at airports, both good things. We need forward thinking in solving our financial problems. What do you think?
I'm just asking.