The Art of Travel

Published on 5th April 2018 by

The Art of Travel is a one hour long 2008 documentary written and presented by author Alain de Botton, based on his bestselling book of the same name. It explores the philosophical impulses behind travelling and our desire for it, asks what the point in travelling for pleasure is and ultimately concludes that despite our thirst for adventure the reality of travel seldom matches our fantasies.

If you enjoyed this documentary then you may wish to check out other documentaries by de Botton including Status Anxiety (2004) which explores anxieties in modern societies in which people chase social status, and the six part series Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (2000) which explores how the teachings of ancient philosophers can help us with everyday problems.


The documentary is based on de Botton’s bestselling book The Art of Travel, available to purchase in paperback, hardback, kindle and audiobook formats.

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