In Motion

What do you see when you travel? Have you experienced Deep Travel? Renowned author Tony Hiss's latest book In Motion: The Experience of Travel is now available in paperback from APA Planners Press.


In 1990 The Experience of Place created a buzz in the planning community. Its award-winning author returns to planning themes with In Motion: The Experience of Travel, now in a paperback edition from APA Planners Press.

This intriguing book starts with the idea that travel gives us "open-sesame" moments when we suddenly see even familiar surroundings with fresh eyes. The experience — Hiss calls it Deep Travel — can happen whether we're on a trek through the Khyber Pass or a trip to the mailbox. With stories of his own journeys and passages from celebrated travel writers, he makes the transcendental experience come alive.

Simple techniques can unlock this hidden dimension, and planners can use these heightened perceptions to shape the built and natural environments. In Hiss's mind-opening account, ordinary landscapes — highways, train tracks, intersections — become as extraordinary as the first human settlements or the most dazzling and renowned streetscapes.

In Motion opens new paths of understanding for urban and regional planners, architects and landscape architects, and everyone else involved in creating transportation systems and public spaces. It's a journey worth taking.

Meet the Author

Tony HissTony Hiss has written 13 books, including the award-winning The Experience of Place. His bookshave explored subjects as varied as train travel, Hunanese cooking, giant pandas, photography, the story of his family and both the landscape and the future of New York City and its region. He was a staff writer at The New Yorker for more than 30 years. He also has written from The New York Times, Newsweek and Travel + Leisure. He was a Visiting Scholar at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The National Recreation and Park Association's Literary Award praised Hiss for a lifetime of "spellbinding and poignant" writing about "how our environments, modes of travel, and other aspects of the American landscape affect our lives."

Previous Titles

In Motion is Tony Hiss's thirteenth book. His other titles include The Experience of Place: A New Way of Looking at and Dealing with our Radically Changing Cities and Countryside (1990); The View of Alger's Window: A Son's Memoir (2010); and Building Images: Seventy Years of Photography at Hedrich Blessing (2000).

Tony Hiss Videos

In Motion: The Experience of Travel by Tony Hiss

Boston Book Festival, 2010

Tony Hiss joins author Bill Bryson and Robin Young, host of Here & Now, to discuss In Motion.

Hear from Tony Hiss

Author Tony Hiss talks with Bob Yaro, president of the Regional Plan Association about his new paperback edition of In Motion: The Experience of Travel. Hiss and Yaro discuss how planners can take on the role of stewards of Deep Travel.

Omnivoracious Podcast: Tony Hiss on In Motion

"Wonderlust," The American Scholar, Autumn 2010

More about In Motion

"An intellectual walkabout filled with arresting, wide-ranging perceptions, quite unlike any other 'travel' book" — Kirkus Reviews

"In Motion is a fascinating, daydreamed yet research work." — Publishers Weekly

"Reading In Motion can set in motion more awareness of our place experiences, patterns, and their consequences." — Stephen Roulac, New York Journal of Books.

Deep Travel, Abroad and at Home, A Different Way of Seeing
Regional Plan Association, May 31, 2012

In Motion: The Experience of Travel
Design Observer, April 7, 2011

Cornerstones: Building Communities That Last
Orton Family Foundation Blog, February 17, 2011

A Story Curled Inside
Harvard Magazine, January-February 2011

In Motion: The Experience of Travel
Orion Magazine, November/December 2010

In Motion: The Experience of Travel
The Christian Science Monitor, November 17, 2010

The Exchange: Tony Hiss on Deep Travel
The New Yorker, November 16, 2010

Beyond Tourism
The New York Times, November 5, 2010

Book Review: In Motion
Travel + Leisure, October 2010

In Motion: The Experience of Travel
New York Journal of Books, October 2010

Tony Hiss Finds the Everyday Extraordinary
Publishers Weekly, September 13, 2010

In Motion: The Experience of Travel
Kirkus Reviews, August 9, 2010

(Reviews from 2010–2011 refer to the hardcover edition)

Author Chat

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