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: