Overtourism is the summer of our discontent In the wake of the 2017 TSG (Travel+SocialGood) Global Summit, and continuing the topic of Overtourisming the World, I have invited three more bloggers to this Open Mic, sharing their thoughts and opinions. From Barcelona to Paris, from Venice to Rejkyavik, everyone is spewing discontent: for locals, it’s … More Open Mic: Overtourisming the World & Travel Differently
After 10 years and a lot of fast & slow travel in over 30 countries, I am seeing a distinct change in the world of travel, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Getting to the other side of the world has never been easier and more accessible to masses, as middle classes grow, social media reigns higher and prices drop further.
However: we are also way, way more people than 10 years ago.
No secret there. In 2007 Earth’s population was 6.6 billion – these days, our pale blue dot struggles with 7.5 billion and rising. And globally, tourist numbers are growing at 6 % a year.
And our hunger for travel is starting to hurt us back. … More Open Mic: How To Stop Over-Tourisming The World?
Let me first say: there are tours and there are tours.
And then there are more tours.
This is not an attempt to bulk all tours under one same big umbrella.
That being said: I always had mixed feelings towards traveling in organized tours. They can be a great way to see the world, or they can lead to utter failure. And I’ve experienced both.
Part of my love hate relationship with tours is that the definition of what’s an organized tour can be very broad. Organized tours can be anything from a zip-line day trip in the jungle to being stuck in a multi-day coach with 60 other people.
They can be niche & off the beaten experiences, or best of.. tours, good for checking things off a bucket list – but not merely able to scratch the surface of your destination.
Which is why I’ve decided this will be my first Open Mic topic:
Organized tours: Do or Don’t?
Andrea, Ingrid, Madalina and Izabella will join the conversation to share their personal experience, address some biases and probably create some others in the process 😛
… More Open Mic – Organized Tours: Do or Don’t?
I like to talk. I do. A lot.
Some would say too much, even.
You know that annoying person sitting behind you at the cinema, who constantly comments the scenes, while you’re trying to watch the damn movie?
That’s me. (Hey, it’s not my fault they make bad movies!)
In an effort to not annoy you wanderlusting readers too much… … More Introducing: Open Mic Series