Lion of the Blogosphere

Tourism is bad for the world

https://brightthemag.com/the-next-trend-in-travel-is-dont-226d4aba17f6

Tourism is blamed for:

1. Beach erosion
2. Garbage beyond what small tourist communities are able to handle
3. Destruction of local eco-systems, rainforests, mangroves
4. The unsightliness of huge cruise ships
5. Makes housing unaffordable for local residents, even resulting in homelessness
6. Eviction of indigenous peoples
7. Damage to ancient structures and archeological sites

And the article doesn’t even mention all of the fossil fuels that are burned up by airplane flights.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 13, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Business

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  1. This reminds me of the recent promotion of “tiny homes”. Regular people are getting poorer and becoming less able to afford regular houses, so “tiny homes” and glorified trailers and “van life” have been promoted as “cool” and glamorous in the media. Regular people are becoming too poor to travel much, so we’ll be seeing articles about how staying at home and “staycations” are cool and travel is bad. Only rich people will be able to live in regular houses and travel.

    Tom

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • This is probably to discourage millennials from traveling and into buying houses.

      Boomer cucks just realized they are fucked if they can’t turn their houses into ATM’s.

      Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

      June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  2. The irony is that on the American side, most of this is caused by left-leaning Democrats, who famously will stick their nose in the air at the poor, untraveled conservatives.

    ASF

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  3. Nothing about the Michael Cohen news? https://twitter.com/search?q=%22Michael%20Cohen%22&src=tren

    Dave Pinsen

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  4. Eco-tourism is an oxymoron. The greenest thing you can do is stay home.

    After raising 5 kids, I’ve been able to go travel but think I waited too long. Florence and Rome were no pleasure, long walks and an aging aching back. Plus we were ripped off twice on day one( popular quote from funny foreign phrase book:”help, I’ve been robbed” and “ help I’ve been robbed again!”).
    I’ve rethought the advantages of travel outside the US. Much easier on the back and a lesser carbon footprint to just watch travel videos on a wide screen tv in comfort. I’m with you; tourism is destructive.

    Newyorker

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • Maybe it’s just another liberal hypocrisy that too many Meriproles are out in full force traveling around the world. Travel was a status thing for SWPLs, but less so now, because proles have tried to make it their game as well. Virtue signaling is the game for liberals and it’s a form of status signaling.

      JS

      June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  5. There are 200 frozen bodies of climbers on Mount Everest.

    toomanymice

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • Nothing ventured – nothing gained. If you don’t do crazy things when you are young, there is something wrong with you.

      Yakov

      June 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • Nothing to gain from jerking off on Mount Everest.

        Kaz

        June 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • Yakov, please comment on the Tajik that killed the NYU professor who made anti immigrant remarks.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

        June 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • If he was for open borders and was paying this Tajik in cash, like the Tajik is claiming, he had it coming. I mean, as a psychology professor you are supposed to understand people.

        Tajik’s whole family and most if his village will come to this country and benefit from the gamut of its social programs regardless of the outcome of the trial and regardless if the outcome of 2016 presidential elections.

        Yakov

        June 14, 2018 at EST am

      • I’m wondering if the Tajik electrician is Jewish. The professor is clearly Jewish with his surname and his profession.

        It appears that this incident is not emphasized in any of the liberal outlets, and we know what is the reason. Fox News reports it, but most of it dumb readers don’t understand the term “liberal hypocrisy”.

        JS

        June 14, 2018 at EST am

      • The story of the Tajik who killed the professor is very bizarre as detailed in the NY Post. He comes from Brighton Beach, so maybe he’s Tajik Jewish and not Tajik Muslim.

        https://nypost.com/2018/05/08/suspect-in-professors-murder-previously-arrested-for-attempted-rape/

        He has a Masters Degree in Biology from the CUNY system and was accused of rape a few years ago where he hosted a woman in couchsurfing. Lol…

        JS

        June 14, 2018 at EST pm

      • JS, that’s a blood libel.

        Yakov

        June 14, 2018 at EST pm

      • The Tajik went to Brooklyn College and the professor’s wife taught there. She was in the home at the time and he, the Tajik, had previous sex arrests. He was after the wife.

        Curle

        June 14, 2018 at EST pm

    • On the flip side I stayed on with same company for nearly 2 decades because of vacation policies. I probably make about 50k usd less than what I make if I moved to bay area. But I have taken about 7 weeks vacation each year for last 10 years. Traveled all around the world from new Zealand to the maldives, great Wall to masai mara kenya. It’s very rarely that I rue giving up 50-60k extra salary by not moving to bay area.

      mpt

      June 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • If you take 7 weeks’ vacation each year you’re not employed, you’re a consultant.

        You Know Me

        June 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • YKM. I get what you are saying. But I am really an employee at a tech company with tremendous benefits. 🙂

        mpt

        June 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • The Bay Area would cost you more, eroding the real advantage of the 50-60k.

        It’s currently more expensive to live there than in NY.

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

        June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  6. Lion, you are just looking for excuses for yourself. Think we are stupid? I’m certainly not only going to travel, but will own places around the world when I retire. Gonna invite you for a visit. You gonna come to the Crimea or Cyprus?

    Yakov

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • That’s the goal Yakov! I’m unsure of the legal status or political situation in Crimea but I’d love to visit there. Odessa was nice in the summer.

      You should take him up on that offer, Lion. Or at the very least travel someplace and post your thoughts on the area.

      Ivanthegrozny

      June 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • Crimea is Russia and will always be so regardless of the ‘legal status’.

        Yakov

        June 14, 2018 at EST pm

    • Cyprus is a European Cancun, one of many though and there is nothing wrong with that. I would rather go to Kiev than Crimea, it’s also cheap, better looking women than the Crimean tatars and not that troubled. I think you challenge Lion too much, just getting him out of Manhattan will be a nice start. Maybe a trip to Colombia, some cheap coke and hookers to enhance his self esteem, then he can start to venture the big world with a bit of a more positive attitude.

      Hashed

      June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  7. I’ve been to a few places like that, but I instinctively don’t like them. There is a difference between being a traveler and a tourist.

    At a certain point it is no worse than the locals increasing their population and creating bigger cities, in terms of environmental degradation. And of course the elephant in the room, what about the millions of African and Arab migrants entering Europe? I’m sure they don’t affect the environment at all.

    Fact Checker

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  8. When you see the hordes of Chinese traipsing through Florence, Prague and Paris, and realize that as China gets richer that’s another 100 million potential tourists trying to crowd into Europe fairly soon (plus the Koreans, the Indians, etc. etc. ) the damage becomes obvious. The world is getting crowded and we can’t squeeze everyone who can afford an $800 airline ticket into the same few destinations. I am surprised actually that the Venetians haven’t gotten smarter about this. They could probably really hike up the prices – say a $1000 entrance fee to visit Venice and an additional $2000/day to stay – and probably do well. Plenty of rich people would pay good money to enjoy Venice “unspoiled” by overweight American cruise ship passengers waddling through Saint Marks and Chinese following yellow flags around.

    Peter Akuleyev

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • Peter. Bhutan has implemented similar restrictions though not that kind of pricing. Botswana does the same in contrast to Kenya or south Africa

      mpt

      June 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • It’s worth to pay $1,000 to visit Venice.

      Yakov

      June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  9. oh please- this is the same as mass transit and car pooling. The elites want everyone else to do it do they can have the roads/the world to themselves.

    ” Bhutan pioneered a “high-value, low-impact” approach to tourism, meaning that most foreign tourists must spend a minimum of $200 per day in the country. Palau and Botswana have since emulated this model.”

    Great model for some people.

    ‘Last year in Tanzania, an estimated 185 Maasai homes were burned down by authorities that operate hunting tours, leaving 6,800 people homeless.”

    36 people per house?

    “Anger over unhampered tourism is getting ugly, even in Barcelona, where the mayor, Ada Colau, is one of the few politicians dedicated to reining in the industry. Residents told me they have had it with skyrocketing rents, thousands of tourists from cruise ships swamping the city’s historic centre and partygoers keeping families up into the night. And they are increasingly sceptical about the economic benefits for the average citizen.”

    Why doesnt that same logic apply to immigration one wonders.

    Lion o' the Turambar

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  10. My ideas of tourism sort of align with my ideas of fashion, art, etc. I like, wear and do what I want and not what others think one should. If I’m somewhere on business that’s near a historic site I might hop over to check it out. Otherwise, I do my own thing. The whole tourist/vacation thing is too fake and commercialized for me. My vacations typically consist of sailing up and down the coast or road trips to some little out of the way nook. The less concrete and fewer people the better.

    destructure

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  11. A relatively new phenomena is busloads of mainland Chinese on tours around Canada. You don’t here about bus crashed very often in Canada. But these damned Chinese buses are always crashing. They have Chinese drivers. I’ve seen several of these tour buses —saw 2 at rest stops in the last few days.

    This one crashed in 2014:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-tour-bus-crashes-on-coquihalla-highway-43-injured-5-critically-1.2749862

    2015 the government audits the company due to another crash.”Universal Coach Lines is based out of Richmond, B.C.” Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver, is almost entirely Chinese.
    https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/06/28/bc-bus-company-at-centr_n_7682816.html?utm_hp_ref=ca-coquihalla-bus-crash

    This crash happened just the other day:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/tour-bus-crash-highway-401-victim-support-brockville-1.4701017

    Rosenmops

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  12. There were some good comments. I mean that seriously. Here are my favorites:

    Steven Neville: “Stay at home and save your money. Work on your house or spend time with your family. Remember that travel brochures are trying to sell you something, not tell you the truth…Unless you have lots and lots of money and time, and you speak another language fluently, you will likely have a more enjoyable and educational experience staying home or visiting inside your own country.”

    Pam Sykes: “Oh please please do not promote voluntourism, most especially not voluntourism in orphanages. The last thing kids with attachment traumas need is temporary attachments to untrained, ignorant, mostly young foreigners. It does way more harm than good — and the same goes for all the other white saviours displacing local labour with their half-baked building and teaching projects.”

    Andrei Grishin: “I haven’t traveled outside of the United States in over 5 years, mostly because I got my traveling bug out when I was much younger, and because flying is no longer worth the hassle. I really enjoy going on road trips across the US now. There are wonderful places to visit in this country, and it’s huge, so there is something for everyone. I encourage tourism in your own country, get to know your own people and regain that national community feeling!”

    I agree. Instead of going off somewhere to “find yourself,” look for travel in your own backyard. Be a Big Brother to a kid without parents. Pick up litter on a beach near you. Visit national parks (you know, the ones our taxes pay for.) See what life in a red state is like if you’re a liberal.

    In short, clean up your own room, bucko.

    njguy73

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • Those just sound like rationalizations. The fact of the matter is that most Americans don’t earn enough and have enough time off to travel decently. Germans for example get a month off every year and decent wages, which is why you seem them as tourists everywhere.

      Tom

      June 14, 2018 at EST am

  13. What a load of Marxist hog wash. There are a lot of countries where tourism is the main driver of the economy and employment.

    DataExplorer

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

  14. Does anyone know why SWPLs like Bali? What’s the deal?

    Code

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • The Balinese are a great, civilized people. Bali is a beautiful island with great beaches, an equatorial climate, and very cool Hindu architecture, music and dance. It offers an “India” vibe without the chaos,dirt and aggressiveness of India (and the locals don’t smell). It is a literate culture, more sophisticated than Polynesian islands. I find Balinese more physically attractive than Thais, and Bali doesn’t have (or didn’t used to) the paedophile sex culture you are constantly confronted with in Thailand. Unlike the Caribbean or equatorial Africa, it has no blacks. Java has its charms, but Islam has spoiled a lot of them, and the Javanese were always more hierarchical and rigid. Up until the 1980s and modern tourism Bali probably was pretty close to paradise on earth.

      Peter Akuleyev

      June 14, 2018 at EST am

      • Good summary Peter.
        Peter covered most of it but will add the following.
        Beaches in Bali are overrated. I was pretty underwhelmed by it. So if you want to see primarily nice beaches and in the area (SE Asia), Thailand has vastly superior beaches. Culture wise Bali probably a bit ahead of Thailand. Sure you can get “templed out” in either Bali and Thailand.
        If you want to avoid P4P scene, Bali better than Thailand. If you want to partake, Thailand better. People are friendlier (in my opinion) in Bali than Thailand.
        Above all, I am only comparing Bali (and not rest of Indonesia) with Thailand.

        mpt

        June 14, 2018 at EST am

  15. Ask people to describe their happiest memories, and at least 50% will have occurred on vacation. The average person only travels for leisure three weeks out of the year. That means a day spent on tour is ten times more likely to be a day cherished for life.

    That is why traveling has always, and will always, be a highly desired experience.

    Doug

    June 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • Is this (“happiest moments are on vacation”) true? In my experience vacation is a lot of arguing with family members about directions and schedules, trouble sleeping in strange beds, outrageous expenses, etc.

      Gozo

      June 14, 2018 at EST pm

      • If you plan badly and then focus on the negative, of course you will think like this.

        marck

        June 14, 2018 at EST pm

    • “Ask people to describe their happiest memories . . . on vacation”

      That’s because it is impolite to refer to sex as a happy memory.

      Curle

      June 14, 2018 at EST pm

    • My happiest memories are of micro-vacations, e.g. a day trip or an overnight with my girlfriend. Longer vacations, I agree with Gozo, particularly if those vacations are with family. The stress of being in unfamiliar surroundings tends to amplify intra-family power struggles.

      fortaleza84

      June 15, 2018 at EST am

  16. I only go to places if I have a professional reason. I’m not a tourist.
    — Karl Lagerfeld

    bobbybobbob

    June 14, 2018 at EST pm

  17. If you don’t want to travel, yet still want to seem worldly, watch different sports from around the world. Cycling season is upon us, and the TdF is a cheap and effective way to see Europe while sitting in your chair. Also, you can watch Rugby year-round, with seasons alternating between Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

    raoulduke2767

    June 14, 2018 at EST pm

  18. All air travel is bad for the West. Vancouver has been invaded via jumbo jet. Half the population is now Chinese nationals. Dozens of Asian airlines dumping into YVR per day.

    marck

    June 14, 2018 at EST pm


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