Literature review (Gerard Mensah)

Literature Reviews

Travel, Travel Writing, and the Literature of Travel

Michael Meshaw

Michael Meshaw is writer who travels for a living, in the article he discusses different notions about traveling, arguing that travel in the traditional sense is still possible.

“Travel for me is a kind of writing an alternate text, a preliminary draft. It isn’t just a way to escape, as Graham Greene put it, or a way to gather material or battle against boredom. It is an act of creativity in which the world is an empty page and I’m the pen.” Meshew, pg. 9

Traveling can be as seen as one of way of knowing we are still alive where as standing still reminds us of the fact of death.

Meshew borrows ideas from Sigmund Freud in saying that traveling can be seen as a rebellious act, escaping the family or more importantly the father and Paul Fussell who writes “without travel there’s inevitably a decay of imagination and intellectual possibility corresponding to the literal loss of physical freedom”

One reason for the demise of the traveler is due to the advancements in technology

William R. Siddall argues that as beneficial as the improvements to transportation there have been the traveler misses out on a big part of the adventure or moving from one place to another. “Travel without exploration is tourism”



Why reach for the moon?

Lillian Levy

This is article was written before mans first landing on the moon in 1969

It discusses what type of person/s should be the first to visit the moon. For some it would be a way of escaping earth a chance to be “free” Levy says

“Those reaching for the moon to escape from earth or to find perfection lacking on earth, still strive for the unattainable”

The article mentions traveling to the moon “is an ideal launch site for interplanetary travel.

Traveling to the moon would be a futurist’s dream where speed, power and technology advancements the “love of the machine” are seen as the ultimate progression.

Since this article in 1962 we have successfully traveled to the moon Armstrong et al. and have even successfully sent recording apparatus although (not manned yet) to mars.



Why we travel: picturing global mobility in user generated travel journalism

Katie Day Good

The article attempts to dissect a feature published by the Times where people sent in photos of travel destinations.

“Modern tourists leave home to go in search of the “authenticity” that is lacking in their industrialized, workday lives.” Good: 301

Good explores the view of a tourist and the awareness of the commoditized experience.

In this case traveling can be seen as a form of escapism from the “real” whether it be for a week or a few months with the access we have in viewing the world through global technology the world is practically on our doorsteps. “Eurostar” and planes have given us the opportunity to experience different cultures in a whim.

The heart of traveling seems to be in connecting with individuals or cultures and taking time to reflect, this is also part of the adventure.

Chun-Chu Chen and James F. Petrick (July 2013)

Health and Wellness Benefits of Travel Experiences: A Literature Review

Journal of Travel Research 2013

the article looks at finding benefits of traveling and if they actually help our long time health and well being.

James F. Petrick and David Huether. (2013)

Is Travel Better Than Chocolate and Wine? The Benefits of Travel: A Special Series

Journal of Travel Research 2013

the article looks to decipher if promoting travel is an idea for commercialization only and can we over indulge in the activity.

William R. Siddall. (July, 1987),

Transportation and the Experience of Travel

Geographical Review,

Published by: American Geographical Society

Vol. 77, No. 3 (pp. 309-317)

The article looks into the benefits of travel advancements but also comments that this is negative influence in the rise of the “tourist”

Tim Benton. (1990),

Dreams of Machines: Futurism and l’Esprit Nouveau

Journal of Design History, Vol. 3, No. 1 pp. 19-34

Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of Design History Society

Futurism in connection with why we travel is something I want to research more into. The article looks into the history of futurism the political side to the rise of machines in Italy and the celebration of the machine.

Ron Cowen. (Oct. 6, 2007),

Sputnik + 50: Remembering the Dawn of the Space Age

Science News , Vol. 172, No. 14 pp. 216-217, 221

Published by: Society for Science & the Public

The space age is an important part of why we wanted to travel to the moon the article looks into the reasons for the creation of sputnik and the publics reaction to the space age.


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