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, best-selling 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 listener 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.
©2016 Gregory V. Diehl (P)2016 Gregory V. Diehl
The author manages to elegantly express some of the same experiences and emotions I've had living as a global traveler for almost two years. I've been considering writing about it, but this one will be hard to beat. I was honestly surprised at how well Diehl managed to express some of the deeper insights from leaving your culture behind and immersing yourself in new ones.
I first read Vagabonding, by Potts, which has a similar theme, but I found that Travel as Transformation gave a more in-depth look as what can happen to your core, your values and your sense of self during long-time travel and remote work&living, and so the two books really cover the topic in two unique ways.
I must say that my favorite part was then Diehl described the realization that "we" (any of us) don't really come from the place in the world with the best answers to lifes questions - we only think we do. I recognize this in a lot of my friends and family who tend to think so highly or their own culture, and less of others, in the must subtle way. "We are fortunate to live in the best country on earth" people say (and granted, Scandinavia has a lot going for it). But no culture is really better (non-free societies aside), they're just diffent. My own experience of this taught me some much needed humility.
To anyone considering going on a long-term trip, or perhaps living the nomadic lifestyle, I'll say pick up this book, and perhaps Vagabonding also. Also for anyone looking to make sense of travel experiences they've already has, definitely read this book.
When I saw the title I thought, "Another stop-living-a-boring-life motivational book." Instead, I was treated to a deeply personal meditation on culture, identity, and the human condition. It reads/listens almost like a letter from a close friend.
I liked how it is uniquely refreshing, and at the same time still packed with travel wisdoms.
The author/narrator's soothing voice made listening to this book a pleasant experience.
I resonated strongly with the author's spot-on observations of the Chinese society.
I recommend this book without reservation.
This is a great book for those who endeavor to become better people. I especially loved the idea of the international border less passport and I will be on my way to get one soon even though its still limited to six countries. This book is a great piece of art and science.
May all beings everywhere be well
Travel definitely ranks high among contemporary audio books I have listen to. I think it is the author's passion that makes a difference.
This book does not compare to anything I have listened to. The subject matter of this "travelers club" of sorts was not known to me.
When Gregory was confronted with the clash of cultures in a restaraunt in the Middle East talking to a waitress, which might have ended up in an "honor killig" by her family.
Home is where the heart is
Gregory is a fine writer and a pleasant yet engaging voice to listen to while enjoying his book.
A really nice surprise!
Gregory has a voice that sticks. You can tell he believes what he writes. Convinced of the transformational power of travel he outlines his own journey, gives his thoughts and thought processes a voice and provides inspirational reinforcement for anyone debarking from a more traditional path in life to pursue long term exploration.
Shwamy (did I spell that right?) was definitely one of the most unique characters I heard about. From bodyguard to hermit he's someone that was skin-on-skin and entirely removed from his fellow humans. You can feel the impression he has had on Gregory and it's a fascinating character to hear about.
His voice is really the strongest when he voices his own thoughts. While the foreword might give the book credentials, it's Gregory's own writing and voice that lends it real character.
I particularly liked the early chapters of the book that are made up of the inspirational concepts that moved Gregory to traveling and keep moving him to the present day.
I have to admit that in terms of pragmatic and practical advice this audio book didn't exactly set a new standard, though this may be in part due to myself being a seasoned traveler who tends to struggle with different issue than first timers. Where the book works exceptionally well though is in the motivational area, when it's about giving people the reassurance that it's okay to step out of what's considered 'normal' and pursue their own path.
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