The Latin philosopher and theologian St.
Augustine once wrote, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read
only one page” (Akerstrom, 2008). This famous metaphor draws attention to a
view shared by many people: that travel is necessary for gaining knowledge of
the world and living a truly full life. In “Why Travel Makes You Awesome”,
Matthew Kepnes (2013), otherwise known as “Nomadic Matt”, shares some personal
narratives which illustrate the numerous benefits he has received from
travelling. He lists ten reasons to show how exploring the globe can change
people’s personalities and behavior, for example by making them more outgoing,
adventurous, and spiritual, etc. In the end, he urges readers to follow his
example and improve their lives through travel. In general, Matt’s (2013)
article is appealing and well-organized, however, his argument is somewhat
ineffective due to its lack of support.
First of all, Matt’s (2013) article is reliable.
The author has been a blogger since 2008. On his blog
(https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blog/), Matt (2013) shares his experience
on travelling around the world, giving the reader tips on accommodation, flights,
travel insurance, favorite companies and also guidebooks based on his trips,
giving confidence to the audience since he has been to so many places. Also,
the author is a book writer. Matt (2013) has written 4 books related to travel.
His first book “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer,
Smarter” turned into a New York time bestseller. This book is rated 4.5 out of
5 on and has over 400 reviews. This rating shows that his audience values what
he is talking about. Moreover, on social media, Matt (2013) has around 230.000
followers on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nomadicmatt), 116.000 followers
on Twitter (https://twitter.com/nomadicmatt) and 85.000 followers on Instagram
(https://www.instagram.com/nomadicmatt/). Those numbers reinforce that the
author is respected among those who are interested in travelling. For those
reasons, the article is reliable.
Second of all, Matt’s (2013) article is
appealing to the readers. Matt (2013) used precise, casual language and
understandable words, rather than using, for example, professional jargon. The
article’s easy words make it easy to read for public audience. Matt’s (2013)
article is also motivating. It motivates the reader to do more travelling by
listing the benefits of it, such as becoming more confident, more adaptable and
less materialistic. Furthermore, Matt’s (2013) article had a good and current
topic. Matt’s (2013) travel experiences are getting his followers’ interests.
Matt (2013) states that followers have always wondered how travelling has
changed him (para. 1). Overall, Matt (2013) wrote an appealing article, using
easy vocabulary and understandable language. And discussing current topic in
Additionally, Matt (2013)’s article
is well-organized due to several reasons. First of all, it is easy to follow
because of the title. He states clearly about the topic “travel” and its
effects, which is “makes you awesome”. This informs readers precisely the topic
he chooses and what his opinion is. On the other hand, Matt (2013) clearly
states his opinion by using comparative adjectives at each of his paragraph
used for reasoning. With each reasoning paragraphs, he uses bold text effects
for those adjective followed by a hyphen. In this way, readers can follow his
ideas and know what reasons he presents in every individual paragraph.
Moreover, Matt (2013) uses various of rhetorical modes in his article such as
narrative, listing, causes, and effects. Those words like “when”, “last week”,
or his way of presenting ideas help persuade and engage reader better. In
conclusion, the article is organized and easy to follow.
However, his opinion and reasons
for his claim are unreasonable and invalid. Matt (2013) claims that travel
makes people look awesome. To prove his opinion, he mentioned that travel is a
good example of having better communication skill. In this point, Matt’s (2013)
argument is not effective because it is irrelevant and illogical. First, this
claim is irrelevant to support his main idea. Matt (2013) believes that travel
can make good conversation, but there is no proper proof to show how can be
better. Instead of suggesting proof, he jumps to the conclusion “You’ll learn
how to ask interesting questions” (para. 3). Therefore, this is not related to
his main argument. Second, Matt (2013) is incorrect when he claims that travel
makes you have a valuable conversation. People can have an effective idea of
communication when they travel, even though they felt boring in conversation in
real life. This cause and effect between travel and improving conversation
skill are not reasonable. If people are fed up with conversations with other
people, how can they learn good conversation skills in the real life? For all
those reasons, this is not persuasive to the readers. To improve Matt’s (2013)
support of this claim, it would be more convincible if the author quotes from
an expert or a research paper about positive effects on this topic. Then, it
can be well balanced between claim and evidence.
Matt’s (2013) argument is that people should try
new things like traveling to make them have a better life. Traveling is the
most interesting topic these days and many readers want to read his article.
The author has an expertise in this topic, well organized and appealing to
follow this article. On top of that, the author’s thesis is somewhat agreeable.
In the conclusion, Matt’s (2013) article, to some extent, is worth to read. To
make this article more persuasive, Matt (2013) should show more proof of
positive results about travel rather than his personal opinions.