When travelling across linguistic and cultural boundaries we often encounter challenging situations that require us to negotiate “new milieux”. These situations threaten our identity and sense of self. Ginna Husting, in her article “The Flayed and Exquisite Self of Travelers: Managing Face and Emotions in Strange Places” that has just been published on Early View,
explores how travelers “develop an interim or interstitial identity, a flayed, exquisite self characterized by discomfort and ongoing emotion/identity work”. In her analysis Husting elaborates four strategies that help them to deal with the tensions arising from these situations.