This movie shows that backpackers are not made up of one demographic, they are teenagers, young adults, middle aged, and retired Ã¢â‚¬â€œ they span all age groups. As the movie spans 26 countries and four continents, it follows these different strangers as they embark on their individual adventures. It gives an intimate glimpse into a backpackerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life, and as such, shows what being a backpacker truly means.
Before A Map for Saturday, solo travelers were always conveyed in travel movies as being gypsies or hippies. There was always a slight judgment about the solo travelerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s way of life. Now, finally, backpackers are shown for whom they are, everyday people who want to experience a life changing adventure and see the world.
The places themselves merely serve as backdrops to the backpackersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ experiences as they deal with the ups and downs of solo travel. Its narrative, as a result, focuses on each of the characterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s personal growth and development throughout their travels. Through the director, Brook Silva-BragaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own experiences, the film captures the depth and breadth of the backpacking experience.
The film is both compelling and spontaneous as it only serves as a bystander to the real life experiences that it captures. The movie effectively shows how important long-term travel can be to oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life and personal discovery. And by the end, shows how it can change a person, as Silva-Braga remarks that he cannot imagine going back to regular life.
As more and more people are choosing to embark on solo backpacking trips, this movie effectively shows the faces of todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s backpackers. It breaks down many of the old stereotypes about what kind of a person a backpacker is, and proves that long-term travel can be an amazing and addictive adventure that can change a person forever.