Once upon a time, we thought that travel – and the experiences we enjoy while travelling – could make you more interesting, and life richer and more interesting. Now with more and more people taking in gap years, hostelling across far-flung climes and spending weeks volunteering, it seems that travel is becoming an exercise in narcissism.
By shrinking the world, the tyranny of the web has stifled our capacity for independent discovery, catering to an appetite for foreknowledge that inevitably demystifies foreign places. Instead of taking time to absorb and consider, many people seem more inclined to travel quickly, tick off the ‘don’t miss’ highlights and form broad-brush assumptions based on the bare minimum of immersion. Yet the axiom that all ‘travel’ (as opposed to tourism) is by definition enriching and transformative persists. Read more: Medium.