Steves doesn't point fingers; he takes on the idea of travel as a political act by using himself as a guinea pig, in travels outside of those he does for his travel an A great book to travel through Europe, Central America, and the Middle East without leaving your couch. When done intentionally and thoughtfully, travel expands one's understanding, encourages global citizenship, and fosters empathy for people abroad and back home. Too many Americans, he said, default to Disney theme parks or Las Vegas for vacation, time after time. Travel with a goal of good stewardship — the idea that each traveler has a responsibility to be an ambassador to, and for, the entire planet. Identify — and undermine — your own ethnocentricity. Why do many Muslim women wear scarves? And finally, here in his 2009 book, he weaves together his liberal-leaning sentiments. It's rare to find a thoughtful not natural science non-fiction book that also has such great imagery! I haven't really talked about the book much, but this felt like reading my own personal travel manifesto and it's hard to write about the book on it's own.
I feel that these things are vitally important to my growth as a human being and my understanding of the world around me. In Switzerland, heroin use is treated as an addiction and considered a public health issue, not a criminal matter. With the world facing divisive events and movements like the rise of nationalism, Trump, Brexit, Erdogan, and more, there's never been a more important time to travel. Of course not, and it would be ridiculous, incredibly naive, and, dare I say, vain of me to assume that just because I traveled there that I can truly understand. For me, the great value of travel is the opportunity to pry open your hometown blinders and bring home a broader perspective.
I wanted to see the main drag, the coffee shops, the homes, etc. Why is Putin so popular in Russia? He's an activist and philanthropist and truly sees travel as a way to help bridge the divide between cultures. He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like locals, your trip doesn't have to break your bank, nor do you need to give up luxury. Steves emphasizes meeting people while traveling and my husband and I manage to do that regularly even as a couple of introverts. Travel promotes understanding at the expense of fear. The use of marijuana is barely considered a crime at all in the Netherlands, with people buying joints and small amounts of pot in highly-regulated coffeeshops. Make your trip an investment in a better world: Our world has a lot of desperation, and travelers are the lucky few who can afford to experience what's outside their hometowns.
It humbled me and reminded me that there are good cases and to learn both narratives. It's about learning and connecting more with the world. It is simply engrained in the psyche of cis-gendered heterosexual men. This was so good I want to run and buy the new updated edition even though I just read this one because I couldn't resist it at a library book sale. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. One is that its message is great. For me, travel isn't about relaxing or disconnecting.
I loved that he's chosen to combat Fear Culture by showing before telling. Between when I started reading this book and now as I write this review, it feels as though the world has been turned upside down. I like talking to people from other places. You can start packing your bags for that trip you've been dreaming a lifetime about. And their cultural norms of moderation. They're unabashedly excited about the locations that they cover, but not in a commercial way that overlooks the difficulties travelers can face. He is careful to point out that Iran has its sinister side, but much of what America knows of the place has nothing to do with the real people who live there, all 70 million of them.
In a world that is post-Brexit and post-Trump, traveling to a distant land may seem even more intimidating. All in all, I really loved his voice and his writing about the personal travel experience being a political act. I'm in total agreement with Rick's views about how travel is a growth experience, not a shopping trip. The great value of travel is the opportunity it offers you to pry open your hometown blinders and broaden your perspective. I thought this book would get more into the nitty gritty as to how to travel as a political act, but instead it turned out to be a series of field reports from several different countries and areas discussing Rick Stevens' politics on several issues.
Perhaps they may even care more about the politics of how our country is run. Travel connects people to people, it helps us fit more productively into a shrinking world, and it inspires creative new solutions to persistent problems. Go to a university, eat in the cafeteria, and make a new friend. Part travelogue, part call to action, this book encourages those of us who travel to look beyond the monuments and tourist attractions, and to learn about the people in the places we visit. Here are a few that particularly resonated with me. For more than 40 years, Steves has been leading travelers through Europe, publishing dozens of guidebooks and producing more than 100 public television shows, all with the aim of getting more Americans to travel abroad. Listen to expat radio on Spain's Costa del Sol.
The chance to see different cultures functioning the same way we do, but entirely differently, is invaluable in so many ways. Each publication is a helpful overview of suitable books for general library communities published each year. Think about how all societies are on parallel evolutionary tracks. I love to travel, anywhere, any time. By the time he arrives in Spokane he will have a new stamp in his heavily used passport — this one from Ethiopia, the setting for a planned future television show. I easily imagined my conservative friends being really ticked off by all his liberal talk, but I thought he made good points.
And finally, here in his 2009 book, he weaves together his liberal-leaning sentiments. The aforementioned values are re-affirmed throughout Travel as a Political Act, but they are also expanded with layers and layers of examples--historical, anecdotal, and experiential. I read about the places I'm traveling too, spend most of my time on vacation learning in some way and try to do at least a few things like the locals do. But Steves wants to push us out of our comfort zone. The world as a classroom. It reads like an angry treatise from an aging hippie who is trying to get back at the Bush administration.