The latest Everest climbing season included another round of terrible accidents. Should we be getting more aggressive about restricting access, given the extreme danger even for extremely fit and experienced mountaineers?
Ellen Page is being hailed for her travel series Gaycation, which purports to show a window into gay lives around the world. Really, though, it’s just another example of colonial attitudes.
I recently had a friend visiting the Bay Area from foreign parts, as they say, and while she was meeting up with various people in the Bay Area, I spent a few days showing her around and talking to her about the City, the East Bay, and all the things they contained. It was kind […]
Socialising as I do with many people who have had opportunities to travel, conversations about different corners of the world come up frequently, and those conversations often make me deeply uncomfortable. One such example is the ‘the people are so beautiful!’ conversation, in which the residents of a given nation are described as gentle and […]
Venice has been slowly sinking into the sea over the centuries, requiring ever more work to sustain its fragile buildings, keep its canals clean, and reclaim habitable space for its residents. And for its scores of visitors. The former trading port has turned almost entirely into a tourist economy, one based on funneling people through […]
I dislike tourism as a general way of making a profit, but I also acknowledge that it can be one method for a community to support itself. People have to travel for work reasons, other people enjoy traveling on holiday and for other reasons, and the end result is that people are moving from place […]
I’ve been following NPR’s coverage of the proposals to increase broadband penetration in the United States because it’s a topic of interest to me, and recently they did a feature which dovetailed nicely with another interest of mine: The damage that tourism does to communities. An NPR reporter traveled to Trinity County to talk with […]