• Travel as Transformation

  • Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity
  • By: Gregory Diehl
  • Narrated by: Gregory V. Diehl
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-21-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Identity Publications
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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, best-selling 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 listener 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 travel can influence your perception of yourself. Diehl teaches aspiring 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 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.
©2016 Gregory V. Diehl (P)2016 Gregory V. Diehl
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5 out of 5 stars
By S.C. on 03-29-18

So much more than I thought I was buying!

Excellent! Not what was expecting but just what I needed to hear! Thank you to the author for sharing this!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jon Nielsen on 12-21-16

Re-living my travel adventure and insights

What did you love best about Travel as Transformation?

The author manages to elegantly express some of the same experiences and emotions I've had living as a global traveler for almost two years. I've been considering writing about it, but this one will be hard to beat. I was honestly surprised at how well Diehl managed to express some of the deeper insights from leaving your culture behind and immersing yourself in new ones.

What other book might you compare Travel as Transformation to and why?

I first read Vagabonding, by Potts, which has a similar theme, but I found that Travel as Transformation gave a more in-depth look as what can happen to your core, your values and your sense of self during long-time travel and remote work&living, and so the two books really cover the topic in two unique ways.

Which scene was your favorite?

I must say that my favorite part was then Diehl described the realization that "we" (any of us) don't really come from the place in the world with the best answers to lifes questions - we only think we do. I recognize this in a lot of my friends and family who tend to think so highly or their own culture, and less of others, in the must subtle way. "We are fortunate to live in the best country on earth" people say (and granted, Scandinavia has a lot going for it). But no culture is really better (non-free societies aside), they're just diffent. My own experience of this taught me some much needed humility.

Any additional comments?

To anyone considering going on a long-term trip, or perhaps living the nomadic lifestyle, I'll say pick up this book, and perhaps Vagabonding also. Also for anyone looking to make sense of travel experiences they've already has, definitely read this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marcus on 03-04-17

Fabulous book. Mature, well considered and challenging

Gregory Diehl has written a book that offers a path to a liberated mind and true freedom in your short and precious life. His narrative challenges your comfortable shell of conformity and self-limitation. The values he advocates rise above our humdrum existence being no more than what we do. He has reached a place of genuine enlightenment through his travels. And yes, there are other routes to where he has found himself but if you're feeling brace, take up his challenge and travel for transformation.

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