You know that pervasive storyline that says that travel will transform you, change your life, and help you find yourself? What if that does not happen; have you “failed” at travel?
This essay considers that question, and takes notice of that pressure on travel writers to “create a personal arc of transformation,” pointing out that despite the expectation that travel will transform, “no one ever says who travelers are supposed to be turned into.”
“There are things that extensive travel teaches you, such as how not to be afraid, or at least how to tell the difference between times you should have fear and times there’s no need for it…. ...more