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Travel as Transformation Audiobook

Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity

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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

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    Jon Nielsen 12-21-16
    Jon Nielsen 12-21-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Re-living my travel adventure and insights"
    What did you love best about Travel as Transformation?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Travel as Transformation to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Leon F. 12-04-16
    Leon F. 12-04-16
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    "To Travel Is Human"
    What made the experience of listening to Travel as Transformation the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how it is uniquely refreshing, and at the same time still packed with travel wisdoms.


    What about Gregory V. Diehl’s performance did you like?

    The author/narrator's soothing voice made listening to this book a pleasant experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I resonated strongly with the author's spot-on observations of the Chinese society.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book without reservation.

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    Kindle Customer online 11-23-16
    Kindle Customer online 11-23-16
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    "Pure is self discovery"

    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.

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    Daniel P Casey Columbia, Sc 11-15-16
    Daniel P Casey Columbia, Sc 11-15-16
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    "I love listening to the author read..."
    Where does Travel as Transformation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Travel definitely ranks high among contemporary audio books I have listen to. I think it is the author's passion that makes a difference.


    What other book might you compare Travel as Transformation to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Home is where the heart is


    Any additional comments?

    Gregory is a fine writer and a pleasant yet engaging voice to listen to while enjoying his book.
    A really nice surprise!

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    Phil Heather 10-28-16
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    "An Inspirational Voice for Travel Ponderers"
    What did you love best about Travel as Transformation?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Gregory V. Diehl – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    rod singularity 10-05-17
    rod singularity 10-05-17 Listener Since 2006
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    "Travel as a way to self discovery"

    I was contacted by the author, Gregory V. Diehl, who is also the co-founder of Identity Publications and asked if I'd like to read one of the books published by his company in exchange for an honest review. I chose to listen to and review Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity as it sounded like the most interesting book to me.

    Below is my honest, unbiased review of Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity by Gregory V. Diehl.

    Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity by Gregory V. Diehl isn't a travelogue by any means. It focuses more on discovering your authentic self beyond the limits of one's cultural beliefs and biases.

    I see a lot of value in finding one's authentic self/identity by moving beyond limiting beliefs and biases that are culturally ingrained or based, but I am not sure travel is always transformative in finding ones own identity or even the end all be all in discovering one's true identity.

    I think that being exposed to a lot of different ways of thinking, different religious beliefs, various philosophies, and other socioeconomic factors can help shape and enhance anyone's life in a positive way/manner without the need to travel outside one's country could possibly be very beneficial in discovering one's identity. Being open minded and inquisitive to what life has to offer and other ways of living can also help in discovering one's own identity I would imagine as well.

    I think that Gregory V. Diehl makes a lot of good points in his book, Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity, that I agreed with and make it worth the read. But I think that people are able 'conquer the limitations placed on you by your home culture' without having to travel outside one's own home culture and become who they were meant to be in various other ways.

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    Zonnie 09-21-17
    Zonnie 09-21-17
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    "Precious Package"
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    The book describes an interesting narrative about the road to profound and holy self-discovery, one which every human being can encounter, and really should because this aspect is not one being taught in traditional schools or by the community at large. This author describes his conclusions and insights through the portal of his decade of touring the world, to lands far and wide, and his existential penetrations are profound and primary and pervasive.

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    Peter 09-21-17
    Peter 09-21-17
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    "Inspirational Audible Book"
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    Exploring the emotional depth and finding new talents this book may lead to pathways of helping this world by fulfilling your own destiny.
    It is really inspirational audiobook.

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    Ranjeet 09-21-17
    Ranjeet 09-21-17
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    "It Will Help Me"
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    It is an amazing audiobook I've ever listen to. I've studied that enthusiasm to adapt to other cultures is one of the great tools that can speed up an individual development into a better version of oneself.

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    Simmi 09-21-17
    Simmi 09-21-17
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    "Worth Listening"
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    The style of the author is very informative, friendly, the account of the learnings he has had from his travels around the world. I surprisingly enjoyed his views on individual growth possibilities, mixing with the cultures being visited, doing good works in visited places, and the issues of visas and residencies. It is a short guide and I would like to recommend it.

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  • Marcus
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    "Fabulous book. Mature, well considered and challenging"

    Gregory Diehl has written a book that offers a path to a liberated mind and true freedom in your short and precious life. His narrative challenges your comfortable shell of conformity and self-limitation. The values he advocates rise above our humdrum existence being no more than what we do. He has reached a place of genuine enlightenment through his travels. And yes, there are other routes to where he has found himself but if you're feeling brace, take up his challenge and travel for transformation.

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