Odysseus takes a journey home for many
years, and along the way he comes
across many different islands and people.
The Island of the Lotus Eaters, the Hall of
Circe, and Calypso's island are just some
of the places he visits. It is said in the introduction, "He saw the townlands and learned the minds of many distant men..." Which means he saw many people and their lands.
Most epic heroes do not spend their time sitting around at home doing nothing. Typically they go on long journeys to some place. The word "Odyssey" actually means a trip taken on a large scale, and it comes from this very poem.