Through diaries, journals, expeditions, pilgrimages, adventures and leisure travelogues, the class will discuss texts that define the question, "What is Travel?" The nature and meaning of travel will be discussed. The course introduces different types of travel literature, and the traveler's ways of responding to interpreting people annd cultures. Narrative structure, content, perspective, and cultural assumptions will be discussed. Readings from Columbus' diaries, a slave's journal, the European Grand Tour, the great African explorers, the writings of sole adventure travelers, a poet's pilgrimage, and the leisure traveler will shape our notion of travel. This course will help to confirm or revise our views of history and society.