Doug Levitt is a popular writer and editor that traveled 70,000 miles in seven years and documented his observations along the way in his novel, “The Greyhound Diaries.” His diary has all kinds of songs, images and articles of text about what he saw. He travels around the world on Greyhound buses.
The traveling has really opened his eyes to the different living conditions in each neighborhood. Levitt has learned a lot about poverty in different areas of the globe. In 2004 he started his journey. Levitt was well aware for the statistics on poverty around the globe. He saw that it was becoming somewhat of a crisis and was asking himself about what can be done to help better the nation. At first he was only planning on the trip lasting six weeks.
As the trip painted a better picture of what America’s history looked like he decided to continue on the trip riding Greyhound buses. When he first started traveling there were around 49 million humans living in poverty which is like taking the five biggest states from the United States and putting them together. Nearly one out of every fifteenth person in the world is either living in poverty right now or has at one point in their life.
The point of his trip was to help those living comfortable lives better understand the bridge between the lower and middle class. The diversity of the greyhound bus system and their determination was what gave Levitt the motivation to keep moving along his journey.
The similarity between all passengers was that they most likely couldn’t afford to drive or fly. That helped bring the group together as one. Then the classes begin to disappear as everyone is treated fairly. All people have stories of their experiences.
Doug Levitt is a singer and writer most famous for his traveling 120,000 miles on Greyhound bus over eleven years and documenting his findings. He shared his findings at numerous hospitals and health centers. Levitt’s journey has been features on numerous television shows such as MSNBC, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.