Why do we travel? Is it a residue of our itinerant, pre-nomadic past, a desire for leisure and a change of pace, the lure of adventure, or the attraction of meeting new peoples and ways? This course examines the travel writings of men and women to a variety of places, both remote and close at hand, and explores the politics of what is involved in the encounter with the Other. It considers some of the ways writers have used travel and the encounter with the Other learn about the world, to leverage themselves into positions of authority, or to learn about themselves. Drawing on travel writings and theories of travel and tourism, students learn to develop the skills of strong oral and written argumentation.