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As travelers, we’ve all had heightened moments of perception when we seem to view the world with a fresh set of eyes. In his latest book, In Motion: The Experience of Travel (Knopf; $27.95), former New Yorker staffer Tony Hiss explores this lucid state, which he calls “deep travel,” explaining that it can occur whenever we visit a new place. “It’s a kind of wide-angle, wide-awake awareness that’s exhilarating,” Hiss says. The author has experienced this all over the world, from the western reaches of China’s Great Wall, where you can leave the 5,000-mile-long barrier and stand in unobstructed freedom, to Supai, Arizona, an isolated Native American village below the Grand Canyon’s rim that feels like a trip back in time.