Jul 132008

I finally got my copy of A Map For Saturday, a much anticipated documentary that I mentioned a couple months back in this post.

Here’s the description on the back cover:

On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. A MAP FOR SATURDAY reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers in 20 countries on four continents. The documentary finds backpackers helping neglected Thai tsunami victims. It explains why Nepal’s guesthouses are empty and Brazil’s stoplights are ignored. But, at its core, SATURDAY tracks the emotional arc of extreme long-term travelers; teenagers and senior citizens who wondered, “what would it be like to travel the world?” Then did it.

It really was amazing to see a film that so perfectly captures the emotions, experiences, and changes that one goes through when learning how to become “a backpacker.” I spend a lot of time blogging about the things I see and do in other parts of the world, but one thing that I never feel like I can fully convey is how traveling changes you as a person. But it does – it changes the way you see the world, the way you interact with others, and perhaps most of all, the things you value. That’s exactly what this documentary is about – and it’s just so, so accurate. It’s difficult to explain to someone who’s never experienced it, but long-term backpacking isn’t really a vacation at all – it’s a lifestyle.

Duplicated from the post linked above, here’s the trailer for A Map for Saturday:

  10 Responses to “A Map for Saturday”

  1. Hey! Just wanted to say that after seeing the trailer, i bought it too. Downside of it is that i have to wait for like 2-3 weeks before i can actually see it.

  2. Burn me a copy!

  3. I was browsing around for a few minutes before bed the other night and stumbled on another article about A Map for Saturday. I think it describes it quite well:

    Don’t watch this documentary unless you are ready to quit your job. It’s about the joys and woes of long-term traveling. It’s impossible to watch this fun film and not confront the fact that you are here instead of there, out on the road, soaking up the mysteries of the world, with all-you-can-eat $3 dinners and $5 rooms, backpacking around the world for a year, as the filmmaker himself did. This kind of vagabonding is more a state of mind than a state of motion. Something weird happens when you travel longer than 10 days, and that wonderful transformation (which no one can explain to their family when they return) is what this superbly written, fabulously edited, deeply personal and wonderfully likeable documentary is all about.

    This film explores the mellow subculture of (mostly) young people who trek along an invisible international traveler’s circuit. There’s a kind of endless distributed global party going on every day of the year (plainly visible here), and to join it all you need is a ticket to any country and the address of the local hostel. I was part of this mind-set for many years and boy, does this film nail the peculiar delights of perpetual cheap travel. Not just the highs (everyday is Saturday, each new person an instant best friend), but also the lows (always saying goodbye, and loss of connection).

  4. hi I saw your pic on whynot.com person of the month and was randomly scanning people-(bored at my JET job!).. those who i thought i knew and others..
    i clicked on your website ’cause i was really interested in who could be possibly more narcissistic than me (LOL) as to have a website about themselves, when they are not profiling a talent or something that they could sell online…example an artist having their work on a website so they can get sales and recognition..or aspiring singers etc. Anyways, I read one of your blog posts and we seem so similar I decided to read further. I would love to know more about your travels and maybge one day meet you since you dont live far from me…but more importantly this documentary seems really interested…how do i get a copy? (Yes I know I took a while to get to the point..hahaha)

    Do many strangers read your blogposts/visit your website????

  5. Haha – narcissistic, huh? I know TONS of people who have blogs these days! 😛

    I bought my copy of the DVD directly from the filmmaker’s site: http://www.amapforsaturday.com/contact.html

    Yep – I get quite a few random readers on here. I think the alltime peak was 18k in a month.

    If you go to a lot of the WhyNot parties, I’m sure you’ll see me there sooner or later. I’m pretty good friends with the 2 girls who own the company 🙂

  6. so now that u mediated my post,found it acceptable and posted it…(thanks) and replied so quickly…should I now join your fan club??!!! LOL 😉 and how do i get emoticons for these posts anyways???

  7. i guess i asnwered my own question about the emoticons…..hahahaha..


  8. Comments only get caught for mediation if you’ve never commented before, as an anti-spam measure. After the first one they’ll just pop up automatically 🙂

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