If you talk to people about what they plan to do when they retire, many give a single-word response, “travel.” That response leaves the impression that many people believe seeing things around and beyond their own home should wait until the later part of their life, and that’s a pity. What can be learned from travel to new places can be life altering or at least perception altering.
In Travel As Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity, now available on Kindle, author Gregory Diehl tells stories of his own road to understanding as he traveled across more than 50 countries. This isn’t a travel guide, and it isn’t spiritual, it’s an awakening.
The narrative and story remind me of the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, where there’s a little philosophy, thought and growth, but only if the reader wants to see it. Diehl offers up his own perspective, but not as a directive.
What you can get from this new book is acceptance, that all people are essentially the same, we just live in different worlds. We also face different trials and seeing things through fresh eyes can change our own perception. So, take the plunge, read something that’s real, exciting, and different than the mainstream, you might just learn something about yourself that’s wonderful.