Recommended: Thomas Swick’s
The Joys of Travel

swick Joys of Travel

Ever since he gave us Unquiet Days: At Home in Poland seventeen years ago, seasoned travel writer Thomas Swick has made certain that Poland figures prominently in his work. Published in 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing, The Joys of Travel: And Stories That Illumiate Them contains some of the most perceptive writing about contemporary Poland since the fall of communism in 1989.

In the chapter titled “Warsaw Redux,” Swick describes his return to Poland in 2011 and the dramatic changes he observes in the city’s vitality and in the attitudes of the Polish people. The visit is capped by a visit to a communist political prison where his wife’s mother was held for five years, one of Poland “courageous citizens treated as criminals, the mothers separated from their babies….”

While The Joys of Travel also takes readers to other parts of the world including Bavaria, Sicily, Thailand, and Key West, the core of the book is Poland and Swick’s remarkable observations about the business of travel writing and being a traveler instead of a tourist.

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