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Why We Travel

Ash Bhardwaj

Why We Travel uses the reasons why we travel to explore human motivation and looks deeply at what we can gain from venturing out into the world.

From epic global expeditions to microadventures closer to home, Bhardwaj recalls his travels from Uganda to Ukraine and calls on the insights of philosophers, athletes and scientists to help him explore what drives our longing for adventure.

Why We Travel is both a highly personal and universal book, recounting Bhardwaj’s connection’s with his Indian heritage and his struggles with grief and identity. It asks how healing and hardship can be overcome in travel, and how serendipity and wonder can help awaken us to our surroundings and leave us more connected to the people and places around us.


One of the UK's leading travel journalists, Ash Bhardwaj is a travel writer, filmmaker and broadcaster who explores the world with curiosity, excitement and a sense of adventure. He has written for the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Huffington Post and the Evening Standard, and has produced travel programmes for Channel 4 and the BBC. He recently co-presented Expedition Borderlands with Levison Wood for Discovery+, which followed their travels through the diverse border of India and Pakistan. Before travel writing, Bhardwaj was also a cowboy in Australia, a rugby player in New Zealand and a ski instructor in Switzerland. Why We Travel is his debut book.


Category:  Travel Writing
ISBN:  9781915798794
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
On sale:  May 2024
Format:  Trade Paperback
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