Warning: not your standard travel book - a solo traveler's philosophical memoirs on the personal development effects of cultural expansion. A daring, intelligent, and unapologetic call to find yourself through travel.
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 solo travel can influence your perception of yourself. Diehl teaches aspiring solo 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 alone 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.
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About the Author
Gregory's books, Brand Identity Breakthrough and Travel As Transformation, are Amazon bestsellers. His podcast, Uncomfortable Conversations 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 of promotion of books, courses, and videos.
Gregory likes to kidnap felines from streets around the world. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Ordinary World
Part 2: Call to Adventure
Part 3: Departure from the Known
Part 4: Trials and Challenges
Part 5: Approaching the Insurmountable
Part 6: Victory and Rebirth
Part 7: A New Home
Part 8: Return to Ordinary
Part 9: Integration with the World
Part 10: Shape the Future
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite Travel as Transformation by Gregory V Diehl is a remarkable book by a remarkably insightful young author. Diehl left the comforts of his Californian home in his late teens with the purpose of travelling the world - gaining cultural insights, shaking off his acquired childhood inherited and limiting cultural belief systems, and expanding, understanding and developing who he really was. This book shows the reader, whatever age, how to do that too. It is not a how to travel guide in the usual sense (although where to go, dealing with different cultures, finding work, visas, languages etc are mentioned). It is more a motivating and enlightening eye-opener for anyone who feels stifled by ordinary life and believes the things that really matter to humanity can be accessed and absorbed only when you step outside of your usual life and experience who you are once you have departed from the known. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gregory V Diehl's Travel as Transformation. It is well-written in an engaging style that will draw in the curious reader from the start. The author describes his own reasons for beginning a travelling lifestyle, and the difference between being a tourist and one who travels with an open mind, ready to personally experience other places. How our innate and childhood acquired beliefs and cultural identities shape and limit us is explained, as is how and why we can lose these and discover our true selves and purposes when we encounter different ways of living. The reader sees how the views we hold (about ourselves, conformities, what is acceptable, and life in general) change once we are away from the influences that keep those views in place. I felt Gregory V Diehl’s insights into how our true selves can then emerge (and develop until we become authentic and truly alive, able to fulfill our potential and purpose) are wise and true. I especially liked the chapter Approach The Insurmountable or Arriving at the Dark Night of the Soul. And the way the author uses his own experiences, difficulties and challenges to illustrate his theories and discoveries. This is a book that encourages the traveler or seeker to be brave: by giving up conventional ways and views and developing personal truths, and then finding a new way of life that enables them to be authentic. There is a special openness and honesty in the writing. I found many true, memorable and quotable phrases - for example: “Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated,” and “You take a major social risk every time you go against the grain because you threaten the bond of a shared identity.” “Recall what you cared about before anyone told you what to care about.” This book will challenge, encourage and be an eye-opener for anyone ready to lose old stories of themselves, get out of their comfort zone living, discover other lives and cultures – remembering, of course, that the real journey is an inward one of personal growth and enlightenment. Recommended.