Why Travel Matters: A Guide to the Life-Changing Effects of Travel (Paperback)
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Why Travel Matters explores the profound life lessons that await anyone who wishes to learn what travel has to teach. With engaging prose, delightful wit and a distinctive style, Craig Storti infuses his own experiences traveling the world for 30-plus years with quotations, insights, reflections and commentary from famous travelers, great travel writers, historians and literary masters.
Storti's vast knowledge of the literature makes him an expert curator of astute gems from the likes of St. Augustine, Mark Twain, Somerset Maugham, D. H. Lawrence, Bruce Chatwin, Aldous Huxley and more.
"A highly intelligent and deeply engaging book that examines not only the beauty, but also the importance of travel."—Thomas Swick, author The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illuminate Them
"You may have visited the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China, but if you haven't read this book, you may not have traveled. From deep experience and insight, Craig Storti, with clarity, humor, and a grand sense of history, shows how travel does matter. In practical steps, he demonstrates ways we can go beyond mere tourism to become enlightened participants in new places everywhere. For all travelers-not to mention interculturalists-this book is a must."—Fanchon Silberstein, Former Director The Overseas Briefing Center, US Dept. of State
"In this invaluable book Craig Storti compellingly answers the question: "Why does travel matter?" He differentiates between travel and tourism then makes the case that travel guarantees that the person who set out on a journey is not the same one who returns. His treasury of quotes vividly illuminates his points, adding rich context to this captivating work. The farther I got into this book, the more I wished I had read it 50 years ago. Craig captures concepts that took me a long time to learn on my own---both about how the world works and about myself. His point: travel is both an inner and outer journey."—Sandra M. FowlerPresident-Elect SIETAR USA
"Storti's book is a graduate school seminar, an education on how to travel, even if you never go anywhere ever again. My suggestion for your next trip is that it's best if you forget the guidebooks, forget DK, Frommer or Lonely Planet, and slip instead into your backpack Why Travel Matters and read it on the flight. Then when you land, follow Craig Storti's advice."—-John Coyne, co-founder and editor, Peace Corps Worldwide