PLEDGE NOW
Real Travel

Ilan Stavans reminds us of the deep journeys, not packaged getaways.

Sunset Beach. (Chris Gin/Flickr)

Sunset Beach. (Chris Gin/Flickr)

For better and worse, it is a small world after all.  With the right cash and ticket, this time tomorrow you could be sipping umbrella drinks in Cambodia.  But real, deep travel, says my guest today, has become a rarity.  We hop on planes.   Breeze in and out of destinations near and far.

Complain if the beer isn’t cold enough, if the sheets aren’t crisp, if the wifi fails.  Real travel is not comfy, says Ilan Stavans.  It’s not tourism.  It’s a journey.  Maybe a pilgrimage.  A search.  A getting lost.

This hour, On Point:  I’ll still take a nice vacation.  But we’re talking “real travel.”

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His recent New York Times essay, “Reclaiming Travel” is here.

Robert Reid, Lonely Planet’s US Travel editor.

Greg Sullivan, CEO  & co-founder AFAR magazine.

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times “What compels us to leave home, to travel to other places? The great travel writer Bruce Chatwin described nomadism as an “inveterate impulse,” deeply rooted in our species. The relentless movement of the modern world bears this out: our relative prosperity has not turned us into a sedentary species.”

Rove “I remember the feeling only a few times in my life: overpowering euphoria. Once I got it while surfing in perfect conditions on my local break and caught my first barrel. The second time I was at Macchu Picchu, looking over a vista I had wanted to see my whole life and nearly killed myself getting to.”

Playlist

“Don’t Drink the Water” by Brad Paisley

Horse-head fiddle player B. Bayarsaikhan Horse-head fiddle player B. Bayarsaikhan

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Aug 28, 2015
WDBJ-TV7 meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, wipes his eyes during the early morning newscast as anchors Kimberly McBroom, center, and guest anchor Steve Grant deliver the news at the station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A deadly shooting on live TV. Wall Street’s roller coaster ride. Biden considers a White House bid. 10 years since Katrina.

Aug 28, 2015
Lightning first ignited the Meadow fire on July 20, 2014 in Yosemite. By September 8, the fire had charred 2,582 acres. Bernie Krause has recorded soundscapes of national parks destroyed by large areas of forest fires. Listen below.  (National Park Service)

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We’ll listen in.

RECENT
SHOWS
Aug 27, 2015
Amy Seek's memoir is "God and Jetfire: Confessions of a Birth Mother"

Open adoption. How one birth mother gave up her child for adoption and stayed in his life.

 
Aug 27, 2015
The slow-going struggle for mental health parity (Getty Images)

Insurance companies are required by law to cover mental health the same as physical health. So why don’t they?

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: August 21, 2015
Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Do you even click? (And other reflections on link sharing and web commenting).

More »
6 Comments
 
Do You Recognize Amazon’s Workplace Culture? Tell Us!
Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

Do you recognize the workplace conditions described in a recent New York Times piece on Amazon? We want to hear from you!

More »
5 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: August 14, 2015
Friday, Aug 14, 2015

Butter cows in Iowa, internal site redesign in Boston. It sure feels like a Friday around here.

More »
3 Comments