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A Map For Saturday: The Kind of Travel Story We Love!

We recently came across an intriguingly named travel documentary that stemmed from an even more intriguing idea. Although the film was made quite some years ago, the filmmaker’s book launches this year, so that takes care of the “hook.” And then, ideas like these don’t just come and go–they find a place in our lives forever.

Once upon a time, Brook Silva-Braga had a cushy job as a journalist and at the American TV network HBO, with an Emmy award as producer to boot.


And one fine day, he quit it to travel through 26 countries on four continents for an entire year. He carried five pounds of clothes and 30 pounds of video equipment. The journey resulted in a 90-minute documentary titled A MAP FOR SATURDAY.

Beyond clichés of shagging backpackers and dubious self-discovery, Silva-Braga found a hidden world of long-term, solo travelers. At times lonely and difficult; more often joyous, and always adventurous, A MAP FOR SATURDAY won many awards and many hearts.

“On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. The documentary finds backpackers helping neglected Thai tsunami victims. It explains why Nepal’s guesthouses are empty and Brazil’s stoplights are ignored,” says It brings the good, the bad and the ugly of being on your own and for long.

SATURDAY tracks the emotional arc of extreme long-term travelers; teenagers and senior citizens who wondered, “What would it be like to travel the world?” Then did it.

Watch the trailer here:

Silva-Barga’s website:


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