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Travel is an essential feature in human history. Our earliest narratives present characters in search of themselves and their place in the world. Travel is, in fact, one of our most powerful tools for rediscovering the trials and grandeur of myth. This chapter considers the role of travel in mythology, both ancient and modern.

Every outgoing journey is really an odyssey into our inner self. Even in the midst of the journey, we are already creating a narrative of ourselves on the road. Our movements are registered in our mnemonic database and subsequently transmuted into storytelling. This chapter reflects on the relationship of memory to travel, the development and significance of travel writing as a literary genre, and the intimate connection between memory and place.

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