Traveling by bus can be exhaustive and utterly soul waning because it takes countless hours to reach your destination. Most of us will prefer taking a flight, and will only consider a bus if we are broke or miss the longevity involved. People take the bus for the fun of it, as a jaunt with friends, or because their towns are far from the airport. Of all the whys and wherefores that cause people to travel by bus, none of them compare to those of Doug Levitt.
Levitt is an American artist who used his bus explorations to expose the woes and insecurities of the overlooked American societies. Born in D.C, Doug Levitt is a son of a council member, Carol Schwartz. He went to D.C. public schools where he sang in choirs and also engaged in sports. During voter’s registration project, Doug developed an interest to know more about the forgotten American societies. He used the Greyhound buses to criss-cross around the country and currently, he has traveled more than 120,000 miles.
While most of us travel absentmindedly, the one-time CNN correspondent used his every moment on the Greyhound to get to know the people he traveled with. He used this opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the people he met. According to him, a bus provides an environment where you can mingle with poverty, addiction, and mental illness. He adds that on a long bus journey people open up and share their wretched moments.It is a fact that our political system and media houses digress when the paucity topic is raised.
However, thanks to people like Levitt, real issues like poverty are getting the attention they deserve. Doug Levitt documented all his encounters in the ‘Greyhound Diaries’ and also in a website where he shares images, videos, and stories about the escapades. His seven years traveling experience provided an insight into every part of the American society and brought into the limelight the paucity and alienation surrounding the forgotten in America. Doug Levitt still travels by bus to meet more people and use his website and songs to talk about the struggling Americans.