The book in one sentence: Dr. Anu Taranath explores the politics and ethics of travel and guides readers on how to navigate discomfort and accountability in new cultures.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Long story short: While traveling can no doubt be a worthwhile and noble pursuit, one that bridges distances across cultures, languages, and identities, it can also be a stressful or tense experience. Beyond Guilt Trips gives travelers, especially those coming from countries that were (are) colonial or imperial powers, a way to talk about their experiences abroad and acknowledge how their identities may impact and influence their surroundings.
Through personal travel anecdotes and stories shared by her students and colleagues, Taranath helps us work through feelings of doubt, guilt, and discomfort as we reflect on the trips we’ve made or plan to make. This first requires examining our identities– who we are, where we come from, how much and what we have– and then making sense of how they might resonate with others as we travel.
Beyond Guilt Trips is a must-read for anyone who has traveled, is traveling, or wants to travel, whether your destination is 10 miles away or 1000. If you want to hear more about the book, keep reading for a more in-depth review.Continue reading “Review: Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World by Anu Taranath”