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Life Is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  37 reviews
A guide to show how cultural travel will change how you see the world.
Paperback, 115 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Spirituality & Health
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Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The reasons why we who are travelers do so are probably as varied as we are. Just as the places to which we travel and the ways in which we travel can differ widely, no doubt, so do the resulting experiences. I, too, am a traveler, and for me, the travel experience is always transformative. I have never gone on a journey that doesn’t simultaneously become an inner journey. As I cross physical terrain, so do I cross internal, that is, spiritual terrain in some way at the same time. I never come h ...more
Enea Zenuni
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading Judith's book about her experience around the world made or i realized that this world that we know from movies or documentaries it's not real if you don't travel to see and live by yourself. Traveling isn't pleasure to run from your routine but knowing more about history, customs, traditions and ways of life.
Sheila DeChantal
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Judith Fein does not let grass grow under her feet. She, like her husband, enjoy travel and experiencing what this world has to offer. In this book, Life Is A Journey, Judith shares 14 journeys where she learns from other cultures about their families, death, measuring success, faith, overcoming trauma, and forgiveness.

I have always enjoyed traveling and experiencing the world. As a child, I experienced California and Alaska as we have relatives in both areas. Once married and the kids were old
Jade A.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LIFE IS A TRIP is an amazing must-read for people of all ages! "Travel is a Zen activity that can lift me out of my inner life into engagement with the world around me." I love this quote! This book is intense, interesting, and presents a side of travel very different from the usual tourist highlights. It will open your heart and mind and transform you by the connection with others, in exotic and not so exotic unusual places. Be open to your own vulnerabilities and strengths and gather new insig ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
After reading many works of worldly explorations this year, this is the first travelogue I have not enjoyed. It was basically a bunch of newspaper articles put together with some sort of intended moral lesson at the end. It made me feel as if she was trying to say "look how culturally experienced I am compared to you." Plus she was whinney and a wuss in most of the stories she writes about. Like packing up and staying in hotels if her guest's place wasn't accomadating enough. I believe going thr ...more
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Enjoyed this nonfiction collection of essays more than I thought I would (read it for work). Sometimes sweet, sometimes insightful, sometimes a little to neatly wrapped up thus received a bit of an eye roll, Fein's experiences as a seasoned traveller is perfect for a bit of armchair travelling.
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the words of wisdom Judith Fein shared that were gained from her travels throughout the world. It is always good to be reminded how much we gain from our own encounters with people whose lives and cultures are different from ours.
Carol Andrews
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting inspiring perspective

I found Judith Fein’s stories well-written and engaging. I really couldn’t put it down even though each story can stand alone. It makes me want to reach more outside my comfort zone at home and when I travel. There is so much to learn and experience if we open ourselves to different people and cultures. So much growth to be had. And she expresses this incredibly through her own experiences and observations! Thankful.
Tara Kubiak
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. I normally can read travelogues all day and get jazzed up for my next adventure. I just felt very disconnected to the author and her stories; she struck me as having a condescending nature towards those she met in other countries. I found myself disliking her and her mannerisms which sullied my feelings on the book.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel-memoir
A thought provoking and informative travel memoir. In each assignment the author gives one a feeling a being there, experiencing and seeing things that the everyday traveller probably wouldn't get to see. A book to open one's eyes to what is out there in our amazing world.
Barbara Solarz
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note to self: I think this is the best of these anecdotal travelogues-which-lead-to-self-knowledge. She doesn’t gush, she tells compelling stories, she guides you engagingly through her observations and subsequent strategies.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Inspiring and educational
Cristy Wojdac
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I finally finished it! I saw this in a book shop while traveling, and couldn't find it at B&N or anywhere, finally bought it, and after all that it's just ok. Each chapter is a different anecdote so there's not one cohesive story. I guess it's because I'm just not a fan of short stories. It took me forever to finish. I am going to look into the history of the Acadians more, so there's that. Maybe if you find this book just skip to the last story first. That was the best. LOL ...more
Kat Jacobi
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I have very ambivalent feelings towards this book. It's more a collection of travel articles rather than a book. Some of them left me speechless, some touched me, some bored the hell out of me. My impression is that at times the author tries too hard to sound like a journalist, with her posh language and the morals which you find at every story's ending. I thought I'd enjoy this book more but maybe I just expected it to be different - I was eager to learn more about the life of a travel journali ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a terribly written book. It was also a disappointment. I read it hoping to be inspired by travel's potential for transformation, but instead it was anecdotes of her life lessons from people and cultures around the world, with the lessons applied at home. Her personality drove me nuts, too--she was at times clueless as well as inflexible, and it's a wonder she makes a living as a 'travel journalist.' Otherwise, I will say this: this book gave me the second most serendipitous experience of ...more
Danielle Dulchinos
Jan 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoirs
I was really disappointed in this book. I discovered it on Goodreads (I think) just before leaving for Puerto Rico, my first solo trip in 3 years (since getting married and having a baby). I had such high hopes that it would affect me the way reading Eat Pray Love had when I went to London years ago. And it started out strong. But after the introduction each essay came across so preachy. I felt that there was a lot of telling, not showing. I didn’t feel connected to the author or any of the expe ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed this book as an account of Fein's fresh perspective into lesser known cultures and remote locations, while fully respecting each host and home for its uniqueness and the benefits it has brought to her life. Fein's tone is often patronizing and sometimes borders on sanctimonious, which I think is a result of her strong desire to remain respectful and appreciative of others, but given the experiences of the audience generally drawn to travel literature, I am not convinced this ton ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: okay
I have a very different idea of "transformative magic" than whoever titled this book. Fein's stories are thin at best, as if racing toward their own conclusions. In a story about struggling to find a religious experience, when she finally finds one, it lasts a single brief paragraph before the story moves on. Other stories are slightly more engaging, but that's where the impact ends. Fein's grander thoughts on travel are wise and inspiring - she tells you why she travels and what she gets from i ...more
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got this book at B&N in the travel essays section. 14 stories of remote destinations traveled to by this author - Micronesian island of Mog Mog; work habits of the good witches of central Mexico, North Vietnam, Turkey, Guatemala. I am reading the chapters at random and whenever. Not a book to read cover to cover in one sitting (at least for me). It's 110 pages long. The website for judith & her husband is: in case anyone wants to check it out. Her husband is her photogra ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Travel journalism at its best. This book illustrates what I have purported for years--that the mind doesn't know the difference between what is real and what is imagined. My greatest advertisement for the critical role reading plays in our lives. (If you want a moral slant--be very careful about what you read...). Thus I now feel like I've met all the glorious friends of this sensitive and eloquent author in her deep travels in Nova Scotia, Guatemala, Jetusalem, Istanbul, and even San Diego. A g ...more
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: motivationale
A good, short book about traveling and how traveling can be a pilgrimage in itself. I liked the spirituality links to traveling. Overall though, the stories are too short. The beginning - the first chapter is pretty bad actually - the trip with the Maori from New Zealand and those three families almost made me put the book away. Not really impressed.
Janel Cox
Dec 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Written well enough, but I hate the way she dabbles in various religious practices without any direction. I'm not inspired to become a medicine woman nor do I find inspiration to travel the way she must. Too disconnected. No theme aside from the idea that if you leave the beaten tourist path there will be interesting discoveries which isn't much of a revelation.
Dan Tasse
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel
Ugh. Do not want. I should have put it down after page ix, "The difference between a traveler and a tourist..." She saw some cool things, to be fair. Neat stories. But then she drags some sappy self-helpy new-agey moral out of them. Skip this.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading most of the book but I lost interest more towards the end few chapters! For a few chapters though it does feel you are there where the chapter is taking place so it's well written in that case!
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the essays were interesting and she clearly loves what she does, the booked failed to inspire me to travel. When I read about other places and cultures, I want to end the book wanting to visit the places described.
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Awesome stories. This inspired me to travel more. Not that I need much inspiration to travel!
Sarah Drummond
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Incredible travel stories about the power of people, cultures and history. Despite the annoying amount of typos, this book is definitely for those with the soul of a traveler.
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this collection of short stories. Great tales of travel adventures and how it can be so life changing. Any travel lover would enjoy this book.
Marisa Valdes
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
brief, captivating and interesting.
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compilation of short stories from the author's various worldwide travels. A quick read, but enjoyable.
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Judith Fein lives to leave. An award-winning travel journalist, she is either on the road or on her computer. She has contributed to more than 100 international publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, National Geographic Traveler, the Jerusalem Post, Hemisphere, Islands, New Mexico Magazine, Travel Age West, Organic Spa, and Spirituality and Health. She is ...more

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