The Passenger by Chaney Kwak

Book 20/52

“For my parents, survivors.”
― Chaney Kwak

Dear Fellow Reader,

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As a travel writer, I often think about the craft, only to be humbled by a masterful piece like Chaney Kwak’s The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship. It’s a reminder that there’s always more to learn and improve upon in our writing journeys. 

This is a terrible and fantastic feeling because I am not at this level of writing, even though I know the only way to get there is to continue with my practice. Chaney Kwak, a thirty-nine-year-old travel writer aboard a sinking ship, realizes his life has been a sinking ship for years. His career and long-term relationship have been floating just above the surface, and it took the event of a near-death experience to make him face the fact that he wasn’t as happy as he pretended to be in his everyday life. 

Chaney’s revelations are relatable and expressed with humor and wit, making you realize we have all been there at one point or another. But it was time to face the facts and realize that while we have no control over how we die, we do have control over when and how we live our day-to-day lives, and fear can be a real ballbuster. 

The Passenger is a great but short read, one of my favorite types of travel books. It keeps you captivated while not being a long-term investment of time. It is an excellent read if you are looking for adventure and comfort in the fact that we all get lost sometimes. Be sure to check it out!

Thank you for reading!



I hope I have inspired you to pursue your dreams and that you will stick around to see how my journey turns out!

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