Travel and Tourism

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Essay on Tourism and Travel

As the tourism industry’s popularity grows, the image of travel and tourism begins to evolve. With a simple click of the button, your entire week itinary to India could be planned, booked and paid for. Traveling is as easy as ordering a pizza. At the same time as countries start to evolve and cater to the tourism industry, authenticity is lost. The essence of traveling is to experience something completely different from what is at home. Now, tourism is molded into what is familiar to us. It is no longer the culture of a society, rather one of tourism. Tourism has become too much of a service. It is geared towards what the tourist would find familiar or comfortable. It takes away from the true mission of travel. Tour groups and itineraries are structured to offer the most efficiency throughout your travel. An entirely new culture is developed out of the popularity of the tourism industry. The bustle and boom of the tourism industry blindly leads the locals to the bright lights of a market economy and instant profit. If done in a respectful and conservative manner, traveling can create a network of positive relations to nature, culture and people and therefore is an important foundation stone for peace. Traveling can draw the attention of people and governments to values of culture and nature, to necessities for conservation and education programs about other lands, their geographical characteristics and their people. We travel to learn and experience something that is completely different than home. When a trip is organized to include the comforts of home, it hinders oneself from truly experiencing the place. To me, traveling is a chance to step out of my comfort zone. As a young woman, eating spicy curries, dodging speeding bicycles, watching Indians bathe in the filthy Ganges River was scary and new. But such experiences forces us to do something other than what we know. It forces us to change and see it, to preserve it as it...
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