With Craig Storti
About Why Travel Matters: A Guide to the Life-Changing
Effects of Travel
Why did you write
I had to. Travel
our self and the
world in ways
no other human
activity can. What
could be more
advancing such a
What do you hope to accomplish with this
I want people to be excited by travel,
to put down this book and say: I’ve
got to go somewhere. I want them to
be so inspired by the opportunities
for personal development the book
describes that they can’t wait to take
a trip—and grow.
What makes this book Unlike other Travel Books?
What’s original about the book is
that it is about the consequences
of travel; not about the trip but the
meaning of the trip; not about the
places but the impact of the places
on the traveler. The other thing that
makes it original is the more than 150
quotations from the great travelers
and travel writers, from Homer and
Gilgamesh on down.
Do you talk about your own personal travel
experiences in this book?
I do include a few personal
anecdotes (from Morocco, India,
and Nepal) but to be honest I have
chosen to draw more upon the
fabulous anecdotes from any number
of brilliant travel narratives. I know
readers always like to know about the
author, so I have added a few bits.
But in the end, this book is not about
any particular traveler or journey; it’s
about the effects of the journey.
If you had to pick The Key messages you are
trying to convey what would they be?
That travel is synonymous with
personal growth, that travel
undermines ethnocentrism- the origin
of intolerance, and that if you’re not
careful, you will be a tourist and miss
out on the life-changing effects of
travel. Be a traveler, not a tourist.
Matters: A Guide to
Effects of Travel
By: Craig Storti
Available: April 17, 2018
Nicholas Brealey Publishing nbuspublishing.com
[ Q & A ]
Distributed by: Hachette Book Group
Meet a Guidebook Author
Cameron Quincy Todd, author of a Fodor’s Travel guide
to New Orleans and a contributor to Fodor’s Hotels
Describe your first brush with wanderlust.
I started traveling at a very young age: Central
America, the Caribbean, long train trips across
France and Germany. I remember asking my mom
once why I couldn’t have an expensive pair of jeans,
and she told me our family didn’t spend money on
things like that: we went on vacation. When I was
12, she pulled me out of school for three weeks so I
could go with a friend’s family on a Catholic pilgrimage to Ireland. We weren’t Catholic; she just
thought I could learn something.
When writing a guidebook, how do you strike
a balance between covering the must-sees and
leading readers off the beaten path?
I like to follow a rule of thumb one of the Fodor’s
editors taught me: what would I recommend if this
was the traveler’s first and last visit to the place,
and they only had a weekend to spend there? This
rules out any places that don’t add to a traveler’s
overall experience of a destination. I’m careful to
evaluate any “musts”: Is this overhyped or worth it?
Is there a less-well-known alternative that provides
a similar experience?
How do you reconcile the desire to share good information with the
desire to keep a place secret and not, for lack of a better phrase, ruin it?
The thing is, most places do want more business, and a certain amount of
outside visitors can even enhance the atmosphere of a location. I include
some local secrets when I’m writing about a place, but I’m careful to present
them accurately: if the lines are long, if the address is hard to find, if the service is rough. The goal here is to attract only the types of visitors who will
really appreciate such places. My #1 travel pet peeve is when tourists expect a
place to adjust to their expectations. This is really how places get ruined. It’s
fine if a certain trip or experience just isn’t for you, but remember that place
means something to other people, long before and after your visit.
What does it take to be a guidebook author today?
There’s a certain balance between personality and objectivity. Expert, personal
opinions are great, but when I’m writing about my hometown I still have to
think like a tourist. Would they be able to get here without a car? Is this place
worthwhile if it was my first time visiting? Would I enjoy this place if I were
older, younger, had kids? Every writer needs to have a handful of local experts
or good sources and be able to interact and ask questions on the ground level.
The writer has to have a great respect for the destination. There’s no room for
travel writing that condescends to a location or its people. —A.A.