Scripted Journeys: Authenticity in Hypermediated Tourism is out now with De Gruyter. The ubiquity of computation in daily life has had a decisive influence on the imaginative aspects of tourism. Online knowledge of the world is readily available through mapping services, social media, travel blogs, and online reviews. From booking and Googling to posting and reminiscing: […]
When COVID-19 hit Zanzibar.
In 1997, British pop rock band Feeder released a song called “High”. It got featured in the romcom Can’t Hardly Wait and became a hit in the US one year later.
“I hope that entitled residents of cities like Venice, Kyoto and Cartagena will now realize how stupid they were complaining all these years.”
An interview with Nomadic Matt on authenticity, sustainability, and the influence of Covid-19 on his business.
Tinder has made its Passport function freely available. Typically reserved for paying members, it allows users to change their profile location in order to match up with people across the globe. Just click on a city in the world you’re interested in and begin swiping.
Think back on a moment you truly, properly felt to be in love. Perhaps you drove out together to the seaside, or secretly held hands at a festival, or you spent all night talking in the living room.
Beautifully empty tourist sites are being shared on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ironically, their aesthetic power might spur on the next wave of overtourism once travel restrictions are lifted.
My host looked bewildered when I asked if I could get to the French Concession from the Airbnb in Xuijahui where I was staying. “Chinese people don’t walk,” she said. Why not take the metro?
“Go to Shenzhen”, a colleague in Shanghai had exclaimed. “It’s fantastic. Everything is new. It’s a frontier city.” There was a hint of sadness in his eyes as he said it.