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On Overtourism

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On August 24, 2019
We live in interesting times, if nothing else. At the same moment in which climate change is threatening to destroy human civilization and most of species on the rest of the planet (and by threatening, I’d say quite likely to do so in the next 100 years), we also see a huge spike in tourism, […]
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Service Trips

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On December 24, 2015
Your (or your children’s) service trips, or voluntourism, basically do nothing to help the world’s poor and are essentially all about the people of the wealthy world feeling good about themselves, not to mention getting some good selfies. People on such short trips usually don’t stick around long enough to realize how ineffective they are […]

Native Americans on Route 66

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On November 21, 2014
I admit I’ve always found the fascination with Route 66 a bit perplexing, since it’s really just another road that, outside of New Mexico, does not really go through our most fascinating landscape. Even in New Mexico, that’s a less than compelling road as far as touring goes than many other highways. But whatever, people […]
The European Tourist: “No-smoking areas? It’s incredible!” said Michael Kuntze, a 59-year-old German day care manager who was savoring a long cigar and sipping rum and cola in the Hotel Conde de Villanueva, home to one of the city’s most popular cigar rooms. Kuntze and six other smokers from Hamburg were on a nine-day tobacco […]
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