Wanderful Words No. 22: A Map for Saturday

by Ekua on May 11, 2010 in backpacking,movies with movement,solo travel,wanderful words

Turistas. Hostel. The Beach. These are all examples of Hollywood’s poor representations of traveling with a budget and a backpack. So it was refreshing to finally watch A Map for Saturday, a documentary by Brook Silva-Braga that takes a realistic look into the world of long term solo backpacking.

While my month-or-sos away would not be considered long term by non-U.S. citizens who go away for longer, I found that I could relate to most of the content in the movie—the initial loneliness, learning how to meet people, settling into the coming and going, traveler’s guilt and what it’s like when you have to go home. Throughout the film, I felt like I was reliving many of the emotions I’ve had abroad.

There were moments where I thought the movie was a little vapid. I think this stemmed from my wanting there to be more of an underlying story or a unique angle. Something more edgy and captivating than following yet another advantaged young person on the road. But all in all,  it’s a solid backpacking documentary full of inspirational tidbits. I’d recommend it for any past or potential backpackers.

As the film began, a traveler being interviewed by Silva-Braga supplied this quote about one of the most profound transformations traveling lightly and cheaply can instigate:

“When you have everything on your back, material goods don’t mean as much as they used to. That’s something you take with you for the rest of your life.”

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren Quinn May 14, 2010 at 12:20 am

Never heard of this—I’ll have to check it out.

Noticed the Blogsherpa badge. Congrats!


Ekua May 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm



Camden Luxford May 14, 2010 at 11:38 am

Aaaand downloading now… Thanks for the tip.


Ekua May 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

No problem 🙂


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