The Art of Travel

Semester and Year Fall 2015
Course Number TRAVL-UG1200
Section 001
Instructor Steve Hutkins
Days  N/A
Time  N/A
Units 2.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement  N/A

This online course provides an opportunity for students studying abroad to reflect, analytically and creatively, on their travel experiences. We examine the art created by travelers — travel literature, photography, paintings — and consider how traveling can itself be viewed as an art, with its own conventions, styles, traditions, and opportunities for innovation. All of the course activities are conducted on the class website: students blog about their responses to the readings and their own travels, post photos, and comment on each other’s posts. Enrollment is limited to students studying at one of NYU’s study abroad sites. Reading assignments are individualized for the city and country of each study-abroad site, but some readings are for the whole class: these may include selections from de Botton’s The Art of Travel, Urry’s The Tourist Gaze, MacCannell’s The Tourist, and Leed’s The Mind of the Traveler.


Enrollment is restricted to students studying abroad at an NYU site.

  • 15 blog posts, approx. 600 words each.
  • 15 comments on other students’ blogs, approx. 100 words each.
  • Read two travel narratives or books about your abroad site.

The required required readings include two travel narrative or travel essay books about the place you’re studying, plus selections from Alain deBotton’s The Art of Travel  and other articles (available on this website). Take a look at the suggested readings lists (on the sidebar) to help choose your two travel books. If you want to read a book not on the list, please get approval in advance.

Schedule of Topics
September 2 1. Arriving
September 9 2. Orientation
September 16 3. Language
September 23 4. Strolling
September 30 5. Routine
October 7 6. Books (1)
October 14 7. Travel 2.0
October 21 8. Style
October 28 9. Great places
November 4 10. Books (2)
November  11 11. Open topic
November 18 12. Misadventure
November 25 13. Transformed
December 2 14. Tips
December 9 15. Farewells
  • Office: 1 Washington Place, room 608
  • Phone: 998-7361
  • E-mail:
  • Course website:
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