Allison Jane Smith, The Next Trend in Travel is… Don’t! Bright Magazine, June 7, 2018
Ultimately, there’s only one surefire way to avoid contributing to the problems of tourism: don’t go. But assuming that’s not an option, there are ways to reduce your footprint. As Fodor’s suggests, don’t go to places that explicitly don’t want tourists, such as Venice and the Galapagos. Don’t go to places with economies that are overly dependent on tourism, such as Bali and Aruba. Don’t go to places unless you have a connection to a community there, suggests travel writer Bani Amor. And don’t go to volunteer or seek life-changing experiences abroad at the expense of the exotic “other”; such opportunities exist closer to home.
Through the WI Lens
The tile of the article is of course provocative, but its content raises an issue that is likely to gain prominence, affected as it is by two converging trends: (1) Economic and political nationalism are rising, forcing the world to retrench. Travel and tourism are booming, but optimistic assumptions about linear expansion will be hit by countries that declare it “unpatriotic” to travel abroad. (2) The world’s most beautiful and desirable tourism spots (like Bali described in this article) are suffocating under mass tourism. Organisations like the World Travel and Tourism Council are trying to suggest possible solutions, but none is easy. The bottom line: be prepared to hear more and more that tourism inflicts damage, and most importantly, prepare yourself on how to best mitigate this risk.
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