How narcissism killed the tourist

Many tourist places are no longer places for living, working and being, but simply for propping up an unsustainable artifice

Jun 30, 2023

Few people seek out crowds when traveling. The tourist experience is almost always characterized by those selling it in terms of exclusivity, serendipity and particularity. The beach is “tucked away”, the restaurant is “local”, and in the guidebook the cathedral appears to be empty but for a discerning few. The reality, however, is that the beach is generally crammed, as is the restaurant, which is also vastly expensive - and for the cathedral, you must queue round the block for entry.

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