The Seminal New Amazon Travel Bestseller
A daring, intelligent, and unapologetic call to find yourself through wanderlust.
When you travel to a foreign place, do you experience this new life as your old self? Or do you become a new version of you? From living in a van on the streets of San Diego, to growing chocolate with indigenous tribes in Central America, to teaching in the Middle East and volunteering in Africa, bestselling author Gregory V. Diehl has followed a worldly and unconventional path through life. Leaving his California home as a teenager, he fully immersed himself, living and working, in 45 countries across the globe—all by age 28. In Travel As Transformation, he puts his diverse cultural experiences on display and asks the reader to question how their own identity has been shaped by the lifestyle they live.
As you delve into Travel As Transformation, you will learn just how profoundly travel can influence your perception of yourself. Diehl teaches aspiring travelers, vagabonds, and nomads to let go of their internal inhibitions and former sense of self. To encourage world wanderers to embrace change, he shares his own stirring experiences of transformation across Costa Rica, China, Morocco, Armenia, Iraq, Monaco, Ecuador, and more. By embarking on this nomadic journey alongside him, you will learn to examine all of humanity through unbiased eyes and discover all that lies just beyond your backyard. A new, vast cultural experience awaits.
To travel with a truly open mind is to forget who you were when you started. It is to be constantly born anew, and identify with ways of existence you did not know were possible. Travel As Transformation will give you the wisdom, the inspiration, and the resources to conquer the limitations placed on you by your home culture. It’s time to take advantage of everything the world has to offer and become everything you can be.
Find yourself through Travel As Transformation.
Explore the world, find yourself.
I have a friend who posts the wildest Facebook photos. He is one of these people who loves to travel and does so at any opportunity. He’s lived all over the world from India, to Russia, to Europe, to the USA and more. With all those rich experiences, I wondered what his mental framework would be like. Looking at this book, Travel as Transformation, I know a few of these questions are answered within. Right away in the forward the tone of the book is set. This is going to be an adventure book with spiritual or philosophical tones underneath. I think that this might drain from the book a little. For example, the author goes into a romance that led him into Morocco, but then quickly moves past it. A book about travel, to me, is about escaping to new places. I wanted to hear and experience the adventure. Instead, the story was quickly glossed over and the author is back on a plane. There are moments when you get to peek inside another country, like China’s media control, but that doesn’t feel as common as I’d like. I do like hearing some unique perspectives, like ‘passports are permission slips from the world’s ruling class’. Overall, this book has some fascinating philosophy about finding yourself by exploring the world.