Sundamaged is a place for new voices about travelling, celebrating the wonder of nature and cultural discovery, but also exploring the impact of travel. Travelling can be a day trip, it can be a long journey on foot that has no fixed end point, or it can be a destructive force. All these interpretations are welcome here.
“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.”
This 152-year-old quote by Mark Twain is still used all over the internet to equate travel with virtue, without much critical analysis of the author or the sentiment. Being exposed to other cultures and a diverse range of people does make people less prejudiced, but is that what travel has ever really been about?
Travelling is seen as cultured and aspirational, something that you have to do before you die, but for the majority of people travelling the world isn’t ever going to be possible. Its colonialist legacies are still being played out and fast-travel on planes and cruise ships is destroying the planet. On the other hand, the wonder of experiencing a new place can lead to profound revelations and life-changing occurrences.
I hope Sundamaged can be an inclusive space where writers can explore travel in any and every sense of the word.
To see some fantastic writing that demonstrates this diversity of experience, check out the ten pieces published in issue one.