The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing

Maria Pia Di Bella, CNRS-IRIS-EHESS, Paris
Brian Yothers,
The University of Texas at El Paso

Subjects: Anthropology, Travel Writing, Tourism

Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 22 (2021): Issue 2 (Dec 2021)

Volume 23 / 2022, 2 issue per volume (summer, winter)

Aims & Scope

Journeys is an interdisciplinary journal that explores travel as a practice and travel writing as a genre, reflecting the rich diversity of travel and journeys as social and cultural practices as well as their significance as metaphorical processes. The dual focus on experience and genre makes Journeys unique among scholarly journals concerning travel and is intended to draw into conversation scholars in such varied disciplines as anthropology, literary studies, social history, religious studies, human geography, and cultural studies.


Journeys is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Anthropological Index (RAI)
  • Anthropological Literature (Tozzer Library – Harvard University)
  • Biography Index (Ebsco)
  • British Humanities Index (Proquest)
  • Centre Int'l de Recherches Et D'Etudes Touristiques (CIRET)
  • A Current Bibliography on African Affairs (Baywood Publishing)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • Leisure, Recreation, and Tourism Abstracts (CABI Publishing)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • Social Sciences Index (Ebsco)
  • Social Sciences Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Social Services Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Sociological Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Proquest)

Maria Pia Di Bella, CNRS-IRIS-EHESS, Paris, France
Brian Yothers, The University of Texas at El Paso, USA

Book Reviews Editor
Michael A. Di Giovine, West Chester University, USA
Book Reviews Asssitant Editor
Shane Metivier, Independent Scholar

Editorial Board
Judith Adler, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada
Helen Bones,
Western Sydney University, Australia
James Buzard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Chloe Chard, London, UK
Simon Michael Coleman, University of Toronto, Canada
Robert C. Davis, Ohio State University, USA
John Eade, Roehampton University, London, UK
Jas Elsner, Corpus Christi, University of Oxford, UK
Felipe Fernández-Armesto, University of Notre Dame, USA
Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University, USA
François Hartog, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
Cemal Kafadar, Harvard University, USA
Dean MacCannell, University of California, Davis, USA
Garry Marvin, Roehampton University, London, UK
Chris Mele, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Pramod K. Nayar, University of Hyderabad, India
Alessandro Nova, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Italy
Nicholas Thomas, University of Cambridge, UK
Jacqueline Waldren, University of Oxford, UK

Manuscript Submission

Please review the submission and style guidelines carefully before submitting.

Journeys is an international and peer-reviewed journal that seeks to reflect the rich diversity of travels and journeys as social and cultural practices as well as their significance as metaphorical processes. It is a broad-based interdisciplinary journal of particular interest for those interested in the studies of travel writing from the perspectives of, for example, anthropology, social history, religious studies, human geography, literary criticism and cultural studies.

The editors welcome contributions. Authors should electronically submit articles as attachments by e-mail, formatted as Microsoft Word files, to the editors at

Submissions without complete and properly formatted reference lists may be rejected; manuscripts that have been accepted for publication but do not conform to the Journeys style will be returned to the author for amendment.

Book Reviews:
For Publishers: Journeys reviews monographs and edited volumes that deal with the humanistic study of travel (exploration, tourism, pilgrimage, study abroad) and travel writing. To maximize efficiency, we ask that publishers simply email with information about the title, and once we have located a qualified expert, to mail the book directly to the reviewer.
For Reviewers: The Editorial team contacts qualified experts in the field to serve as reviewers, and only infrequently considers unsolicited reviews. If you would like to be considered as a reviewer, please email

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Ethics Statement

Authors published in Journeys certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Journeys ethics statement.

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Walking Back to Happiness?

Modern Pilgrimage and the Expression of Suffering on Spain's Camino de Santiago

Author: Keith Egan

This article examines the experiences of walkers along the Spanish Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. It explores their journeys as exercises in narrative adjustment, social practices, and somatic experiences of a crippling loss of control over the course of their lives. Using a phenomenological method of descriptions, the article argues that mobility is a trope that expresses existential issues in a bodily idiom. It draws attention to the value of inter-subjective experience as a potential source of existential mobility, one that finds metaphorical expression in the slow daily rhythms structuring pilgrims' journeys and that impacts on the researcher as much as the pilgrims.

Recognising that the beginning of a new millennium can also signal a broadening interest in looking at our world in new ways, the editors of Journeys present this new journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of travel and travel writing. To say that travelling, touristing or simple wandering are among the most widespread of human activities is only to claim the obvious: this has been the case since the beginnings of our species, even if it has only been during the last century or so that the true economic and social import of travel – within cities, from hills to plains, between continents – has become clearly understood and delineated.

Christian Pilgrimage Groups in Jerusalem

Framing the Experience Through Linear Meta-Narrative

Author: Vida Bajc

Christian pilgrims come to the Holy Land to visit specific physical places that give their faith a tangible form. On organized tours, pilgrimage is structured through an itinerary which consists of a series of encounters, purposefully shaped to bring to life the story of Jesus. These encounters involve performative practices of tour-group leaders at specific symbolic sites with particular narratives. The biblical reality is invoked through a process of meta-framing which allows for a cognitive shift from the mundane walking from site to site into a biblical reality. Meta-framing interlaces the Christian religious memory, performed by the spiritual leader, with the Israeli historical memory, performed by the Israeli tour guide, into a single, linear meta-narrative.

Collective Memory and Tourism

Globalizing Transmission through Localized Experience

Author: Vida Bajc

The articles in this issue highlight the relationship between collective memory and tourism. In what ways are practices of collective remembering implicated with those of tourism? Where do collective memory scholarship and tourism studies meet? How might the two interdisciplinary academic fields be shaped through each other’s concepts? We suggest that experiencing the collective past is integral to specific forms of tourism, particularly what is called ‘heritage tourism’. So, too, are certain kinds of public practices of collective remembering increasingly connected with the tourism industry. In the absence of, or complementary to, financial support for the historic preservation efforts, the entrepreneurial approach to the collective past turns objects of such memory into tourist attractions to keep them economically viable. Thinking about collective remembering in relation to tourism directs our analytical focus to the authority of experiencing the past in a specific tourist place in the present. It centres our attention on what is involved in making this experience possible.

Holocaust Tourism in Berlin

Global Memory, Trauma and the 'Negative Sublime'

Author: Andrew S. Gross

This essay argues that the construction of the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Berlin Holocaust Memorial constitutes a paradigm shift in Holocaust commemoration in Germany. The structures architecturally resemble their US counterparts and particularly the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum more than they do the other memorials and museums in Berlin’s complex commemorative landscape. American responses to the European catastrophe have significantly impacted European commemorative forms. Indeed, an internationally recognizable memorial architecture seems to be emerging, one emphasizing gaps, voids, incongruities and the personal relation to what theorists and commentators have begun to call ‘negative’ or ‘evil sublime’. Contemporary memorials and museums are not designed to ‘merely’ house collections; rather, they draw attention to themselves as symbols and symptoms of traumatic memory. They act out the trauma of the Holocaust as architecture; walking through them is supposed to be a step towards working through that trauma as feeling and experience.