Author: Troy Hartenstine

A Treatise on Tourism

An experience is a private thing. (we don’t do mass tourism and this is why) Are you looking forward to seeing another cathedral? Are you going to wait in line to visit another museum? Pause to read the inscription on another monument to some dead person? It sounds like you are a tourist on a tour. Why are you doing this? Who convinced you that this is what you should be doing with your spare time? Your children hate it too. Its boring. That kind of tourism kills what it loves as someone has eloquently put it. A bit of tourism is healthy and beneficial to all. But the balance between just right and too much is precarious, and in the recent years the scale is tipping over to the decidedly negative. You came to experience something of a place far from home. That is very different from walking through a museum so you can tell the folks back home “you did it”. Stop being a tourist. Think about how you travel and how you …