Errant Journeys

Errant Journeys

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Tourism is becoming one of the world's most important economic activities. There is hardly a place on earth, no matter how inaccessible, that has not been visited by some traveler seeking adventure, enlightenment, or simply change from the familiar world back home.

In this pathfinding book, David Zurick explores the fastest-growing segment of the travel industry—adventure travel. He raises important questions about what constitutes the travel experience and shows how the modern adventure industry has commercialized the very notion of adventure by packaging it as tours.

Drawing on two decades of personal travel, as well as the writings of others, Zurick unravels the paradox of adventure travel—that the very act of visiting remote places untouched by Western culture introduces that culture and begins irreversible changes. This first in-depth look at adventure travel opens new insights into the physical, philosophical, and spiritual attributes of the travel experience. Written in a lively style, the book is intended for everyone interested in travel and its effects on both travelers and the people and places they visit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292798069
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David Zurick is Professor of Geography at Eastern Kentucky University.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Tourist Trails
  • 2. Along the Way
  • 3. By All Means
  • 4. Pushing into the Periphery
  • 5. Consequences of Discovery
  • Notes
  • Index

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