https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/27/barcelona-cracks-down-on-tourist-numbers-with-accommodation-law “Last year the city’s 1.6 million residents were heavily outnumbered by an estimated 32 million visitors, about half of them day-trippers.”
We all agree travelling is exciting. Maybe moving around is expected of us. It is fun leaving our everyday lives behind and go on an adventure, an essential part of lives of modern people and what comes to taking photographs, it is to take the city with you, where we have been, how was it to go there is part of the experience. How we think about the problems we face during and how effortless a trip must be, stressless. We can share the experience by showing our shots and talk about the trip, own it, having been there is a possession and an add-on to our lives. How does travelling change us is an interesting question as it is said travelling broadens horizons of ours and our perspectives. It is also an experience to those locals who can experience the tourists, visitors, those who come and go. The thing is what do tourists do and give other than a money flow, what is the cultural heritage there as tourism is a cultural issue, it is culture and we do it because of culture, because of the culture of travelling. Question is what motivates us? We want to know more or we just want more in comparison to others? Do we go back to our normal lives with something extra special which makes our lives better or is it a sigh as a relief that going away and leaving is possible? Maybe having done something we cannot do at home. To take a trip when mood is to get loose we may do the forbidden, go over limits of behavioural rules which we do not cross at home. It is interesting what we think about our freedoms and rights as travellers, travelling lords or the prohibitions that there are when going and do we take them into consideration, what is the respected issue when travelling. It is the traveller. Going overboard freeing body and mind completely is something connected to travelling. We become more experienced and fluent in travelling, our lives more fuller via being able to move freely, be able to decide for ourselves where we can go, enjoy ourselves, look around and wander. Do you go to see the hotspots, the sights or do you see places that are more outside that normalcy? How do we do travelling and how much effort goes into taking a trip is what we want of a trip. Do we just go on a whim and how much is left at chance? How do we choose our destinations? The more important the city the more important we feel? Grandiose, history, story of the city, what the city adds on us as we go there. To feel more elevated, part of the city, part of energy a city has is to feel alive.
This means travelling is one of the most positively felt activities for modern people. It is an organic part and an expectation that everybody does it, takes part in this excess, luxury and freedom. It used to be something only rich people could afford and enjoy, enjoy exploration and become civilised. It is seen only as a positive thing by cities who want to lure more visitors. Mass tourism does not get much critique or when it does it is an insult against those who say the money-making industry is so important and lucrative there is nothing wrong with it. How can anybody be against such good money, how can anybody be against tourism, tourists and travelling which is a good part of modern lives, it broadens thinking and educates people. If this was the case we would have really broad minds and educated individual everywhere. Surely you know better already. Lessons here are cultural. What do we learn via travelling to strange countries? As cultural education seems to be more like glued on and the emphasis is on the experience, my question is what really changes people? To gather items such as photographs from our trips is to collect an altar to worship our egos. What is the lesson there one might ask. Sure we learn how to move. Do we learn how to see differently or do we repeat something, repeating a way to travel, how to see, how to think?