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Armchair Travel: Traveling Minds

by Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström Jan 31, 2009

Messages about the importance of travel have been cropping up all week.

5 Writers Who Affirm the Importance of Travel by Olivia Hambrett explores the literary works of five influential writers – Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, Margaret Mead, Samuel Johnson, Rosalia de Castro – and parses out their views on travel.

In What Tyler Durden’s Philosophy Teaches Us About Travel, Juliane Huang examines the musings of famed Fight Club character, Tyler Durden, and how they apply to travel in general.

From 5 Eastern Thinkers Who Understood Inner Travel to 5 Western Thinkers Who Understood Inner Travel, philosphers of various generations have penned down invaluable thoughts and advice about travel.

Want to delve deeper into the philosophy of travel? In addition to the 10 Spiritual and Philosophical Books to Take Traveling‏, why not pick up these titles:

Routes: Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century

In this book rooted in anthropology, James Clifford compiles a collection of travel journal entries, narratives, and academic lectures amongst other literary notes to explore how cultures transition from one era to another.

Price: $21.15 | BUY

Deconstructing Travel: Cultural Perspectives on Tourism

Written by Arthur Asa Berger, Deconstructing Travel looks at why we travel, how it impacts tourism, and its “cultural phenomenon through social, cultural, psychological, and economic forces.”

Price: $24.95 | BUY

Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses

This book chronicles Bruce Feiler’s epic 10,000-mile trek from Mount Ararat to Mount Nebo using the five books of Moses – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy – as his guide. It is the ultimate story of inner reflection, and the emotional and physical manifestation of how travel spurns changes deep within us all.

Price: $10.17 | BUY

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