Title: Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity
Author: Gregory V. Diehl
Published By: Identity Publications, 2016
Reviewed By: Jessica B
Pages: 168 (Paperback)
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Travel as Transformation is not your typical travel book. It is a journey of self-discovery and finding one’s own identity through experiencing different cultures and situations. The author encourages the reader to immerse himself or herself in new, possibly uncomfortable, places, to help shape one’s true identity. Gregory uses a 10-part story to fill the pages of his book. Being a world traveler, he shares a multitude of personal stories as a way to justify his message.
“The reader should know that people’s very being and identity is based on their existence among others.”
To me the book is filled with general statements that can apply to most everyone in some fashion. What the reader will gain from this novel will depend entirely upon the reader’s openness to new ideas and thoughts. The book contains a number of inspiring quotes to me. As someone who has traveled, briefly, outside of the country and within the United States, some of what Gregory is saying applies more personally to me than it might to others. While I don’t necessarily agree with all that he is saying, I believe Gregory wrote a strong novel that is worth reading. I do agree that the world can and should shape someone. Nowadays the media is so biased one way or another, that the other way to truly understand what is occurring and to truly develop one’s own opinions, is to see firsthand different cultures and places.
“Travel will not only give you the opportunity to ask uncomfortable questions – it will force you to come up with meaningful answers.”
Now some people will argue that one doesn’t need to travel to discover oneself. Traveling can be difficult, expensive, and is not for everyone. However, I think the more general point being made by this book, is that in order for a person to fully develop, they need to experience as much as they can, or at least something different than the norm. One can only grow so much with what is around them. Now both sides to the coin can be debated, but I will not get into the argument here.
“Most people cannot accept that there is no big end to personal development.”
I believe that regardless of one’s past or future with traveling, that there is something to learn from this book. It is about discovering one’s true self and identity and realizing that growth never ends. It is a constant, incessant process that changes as the reader does, and it will continue for life.
About the Book:
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.
About the Author:
Raised in California, Gregory Diehl soon embarked on a global quest for learning, self-discovery, entrepreneurship, and inquiry. Gregory has lived and worked in 50 countries and continues to help others along the path of self-fulfillment through exploration.
Gregory’s books, Brand Identity Breakthrough and Travel As Transformation, are Amazon bestsellers. His podcast, Uncomfortable Conservations With Gregory, taps into the core of self. He is the co-founder of Identity Publications, an organization that shares valuable messages through the production and promotion of books, courses, and videos. Gregory likes to kidnap felines from streets around the world.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.