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Beyond Guilt Trips

Mindful Travel in an Unequal World

By Anu Taranath  

Beyond Guilt Trips

$22.95 – Available for purchase on May 15th, 2019

Every year, hundreds of thousands of young people pack their bags to study or volunteer abroad. Well-intentioned and curious Westerners—brought up to believe that international travel broadens our horizons—travel to low-income countries to learn about people and cultures different from their own. While travel abroad can provide much-needed perspective, it can also be deeply unsettling, confusing, and discomforting. Travelers can find themselves unsure about how to think or speak about the differences in race or culture they find, even though these differences might have fueled their desire to travel in the first place.

In Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World, storyteller Anu Taranath begins at home, unpacking our baggage about who we are, where we come from, and how much we have. She takes us on a journey through engaging personal travel stories and thought-provoking questions, providing us with tools to grapple with our discomfort and navigate differences with accountability and connection. Yes, travel! But be mindful. Be present.

  • Paperback / softback, 208 pages
  • ISBN 9781771134323
  • Coming May 2019

Table of Contents

Chapter I Before You Buy Your Ticket, Read This
Chapter II Luggage We Take with Us: Difference and Advantage
Chapter III Ticket Bought, Part One: Identity, Culture, and Race
Chapter IV Ticket Bought, Part Two: Friendship Across Difference
Chapter V I Thought I Was Here to Look at You: Story Clusters
Chapter VI Limits to Well-Intentioned Desire to Do Good: Politics of Help
Chapter VII Displace Guilt, Center Dignity, and Breathe: Strategies to Stay Present
Chapter VIII Helmet-to-Cheek: Go Small and Find Joy
Chapter IX Goings and Comings in an Unequal World: Journey Continues
Epilogue Night Here, Morning There
Appendix Especially for Educators, Program Directors, Leaders, and Coordinators

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