Behind the Scenes: Travel as a Political Act

My book “Travel as a Political Act” is now out in its third edition — in print (at bookstores and at and as an audiobook (at

When my publisher said we needed to reprint the book, I said, “Trump, Erdogan, refugees, nativism, fascism, fake news, and Brexit. Not until we rework it for all the changes impacting travel these days.” The third edition is 290 pages of travel thrills and insights that I like to think would win the endorsement of Mark Twain (“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”), Thomas Jefferson (“Travel makes a person wiser, but less happy”), and Muhammad (“Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you’ve traveled”).

This clip shows about one minute of the 22 hours I spent in what felt like a padded cell, reading the book out loud. In the end, the finished audiobook is about ten hours, and I am thrilled with the final product.

(BTW, I’m donating all the royalties from the sale of the book and audiobook to Bread for the World, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to ending hunger.)


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