Today I am blogging over at ROC U blog, a tumblr populated by a group of journalism students at Roberts Wesleyan College. My post is about the best lesson I learned while studying abroad in Europe.
We hear the word “tourist” and immediately think of money-sucking “tourist traps.” We do our best to master prior to our vacations the walk and talk that will make us “not look like tourists.” We brag upon our return that the quaint places we frequented in our travels weren’t the least bit “touristy.”
But if we turn to our good friends Merriam and Webster, tourism is simply defined as :
noun \ˈtu̇r-ˌi-zəm\ 1. the activity of traveling to a place for pleasure
How nice. Who wouldn’t want to do that? So why should pleasurable travel have such a bad rap?
Well, probably because the very next (and increasingly more common) definition is :
2. the business of providing hotels, restaurants, entertainment, etc., for people who are traveling
The problem with tourism, as with many modern art forms, is that it has been turned into an industry.
Click here to read on at ROC U’s tumblr.