Reflection 1 on Traveling

Agnessa Elman
12 September 2017
Writing the essay one
Reflection on Travel Writing

To me, I find it extremely fascinating how easy it is to access ways to travel. After hearing on the news about hurricane Irma coming to the Florida coast, I called my family back home and talked to them about their plan to deal with the storm. My mom decided to just buy a ticket to New York and hop on a plane. The easy solution for these types of problems has definitely evolved since 1130BC. Hurricane Irma caused an urgency for evacuation. Even at such a late notice, over 5 million people were informed about evacuating and took action quickly to leave the state. Flight prices dropping and cars that were backed up on the highway with traffic might have lead to someone having an adventure or journey through that stressful process. Opportunities to travel have not always been so simple, and the growth of technology with today’s society has allowed many people to experience their own adventures in a way, even if they are extremely planned out and safer than a spontaneous long trip that was traditional for.
Reading the evolution of travel throughout this story gave me perspective on many ideas that I could relate traveling to. I think technology has shifted the definition of a traveler and has opened the idea that anyone can become a traveler. Travelers started out specifically just for people on a search. Soon subcategories of travelers, “explorers, soldiers, sailors, surveyors, missionaries, merchants, scientists, colonial administrators, diplomats, journalists, artists and many others besides” (page 52) expanded the idea of a traveler. Even as technology improved, the social norms of women also became more flexible, which allowed them to test out traveling and be inspired to feel like a traveler.
I think the importance of technology improving also became empowering in a way because people were able to learn more culturally, emotionally and intellectually and infuse it into their own lives. With new ways to travel, the amount of time needed to get to a place was significantly less than original ways. Time became a useful tool when planning journey’s and it started to focus less on the idea of accomplishments and more on self-discovery and new places.
Small businesses, like hotels, airb&b’s, and landmarks have made traveling a lot more productive. Using technology to substitute writing, has made travel writing continue to motivate many. I think that social media, blogging, videos, and pictures have all allowed the travel writing to live and not be dead.
I think it is important to recognize how technology has played an import role on traveling and travel writing. I feel like I can relate to the impact of technology on travel and society because of hurricane Irma, but also how I write about my experiences of travel on social media. This text made me reflect on travels accessibility and allowed me to question what else there could be in store.

Writing the Essay I (traveling)

Agnessa Elman
August 29, 2017
Writing the Essay I
Tara Fitzgerlad

After re-reading Grace Pasley’s essay, I noticed a few themes that I did not consider before. As the story follows along, we readers sense a strong relationship between a mother and daughter, the sense of time and history, and being true to one’s inherent beliefs and fickle society. Out of all the following themes, the one I sensed the strongest connection to was the relationship between the mother and daughter.
Strong relationships are built on reliance and respect and the mother and daughter had a relationship that was tied tightly by trust and confidence. If the mother had never spoken up for herself, the daughter would not have had remembered the time, fifteen years ago, and have a story to tell in later. The sentence, “This reorganization of passengers happened in silence,” —in the first part of the essay— is a powerful quote because it shows how custom and daily the segregation was, without anyone speaking up. The mother only responding in one word have her a character of bravery, something that the daughter will always be able to recognize and remember. “No,” the mother’s response, was a simple yet powerful response that was able to stick with the daughter even after years passed.
The mother and child that the author noticed in Part II, reflected and remind her of her own mother and the bond they shared. As the rude passenger got the lady of the buses attention, to tell her not to touch the baby, she recalled her own mother stance and how protective she was on the travels. Comfort always came before physical features. Offering the baby to sit on her lap, was equivalent to her mother saying “No,” because they both claimed for what they believed was right, regardless of the regular social norms. She wanted the lady to feel at ease by offering her lap, and that action she used gave her a sense of motherly authority. The mother stood up for herself, and because the author did too, we see how role modeling and idea of protection blend.
To me, it seems like her small travels on the bus symbolize the bond between her mom, and any similar encounter will allow her to recall her strong relationship between her mom and daughter. The essay was beautiful, not only in because of the diction that flowed but because we as readers got to see how refusing something not typical became something empowering and motivating.

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