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Wanderlust: A Social History of Travel, LAURA BYRNE

  • Apr 25, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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"Where did passports come from? Why did 1930s stewardesses carry wrenches? And how did teetotalers shape the modern vacation? Wanderlust answers these questions and more, as author Laura Byrne Paquet delves into the social history of travel. Now a multi-billion dollar industry, travel is also one of the world’s oldest. Paquet follows hypochondriac Greeks to the Oracle of Delphi, checks out the bedbugs in medieval coaching inns, enjoys a Finnish sauna with a group of well-bred Victorian ladies, and relaxes on a transatlantic liner with some of England’s Bright Young Things from the 1920s. In breezy style, she explains the difference between a traveller and a tourist and explores the future of travel, from grand plans for commercial space travel to underwater hotels. As the book reveals, we've always loved to travel — the only thing that keeps changing is how we get from here to there." Amazon

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I couldn't get a copy of the book.

    April 25, 2013

  • stacy

    I would like to write a non fiction book but don't know how to start, I am stuck even before i have anyone? I would like to wrote about travellinh to egypt through the revolution with my kids, what we saw, my kids version, etc.

    April 22, 2013

  • RK

    Some edited discussion questions from the author:
    - Based on the way travel evolved in the past, how will it evolve in the future? What will travellers want--and what will they want to avoid? (e.g, do you think culturally sensitive travel or learning vacations will become more popular?)
    - How are changing demographics going to shape the future of travel? (If Western populations are aging, ... how will the "active travel" market change?)
    - What about oil prices? If airline fuel becomes very expensive, how will our vacations change?
    - Do you think travel has become overly "commodified"--that people look at it as something they _buy_ rather than something they _do_?
    - In an age where many of us feel well connected to the world through mass and social media, do people find travel more or less important?
    - Do most people travel to learn or to escape?
    - Is a risk that places like Venice will become "living museums" that are popular with tourists but not suitable for actual residents?

    April 5, 2013

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