Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
— – Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

Pressed Vol. 5: An exploration of exploring

Submission for this volume are now closed. The volume is set to be released on November 9, 2019.

Pressed: Vol 5 will explore the history, impact, and ethics of travel. The volume will weave a narrative of how travel began as a white male expression of wealth and influence, and in recent years has evolved into a luxury that is more accessible to women and POC. We will explore how travel can serve as a liberating, empowering act, an expression of independence. But, can congruently remind a woman/ POC of persistent racism and sexism around the world. Why are some people drawn to travel, and others not? Is travel a selfish expression of privilege? What impact (positive, or negative, or both) is travel having on our planet? Is it possible to travel ethically?

The Pressed team is seeking contributions that relate to the above themes. You do not need to be a “traveler” to contribute. Just have some thoughts about travel, or a story related to travel you’d like to tell.

We are accepting poetry, articles, think pieces, essays, personal stories, and all forms of visual art.