Somewhere along the way – particularly in the last 10 years – it feels like the very concept of travel has become diluted.
Somewhere along the way – particularly in the last 10 years and perhaps connected to the advent of social media and the speed at which information flies from someone’s keyboard to someone else’s screen – it feels like the very concept of travel has become diluted. My generation and those younger than me have just become a little bit spoilt by the ease and the affordability and accessibility of this once-ethereal concept of global travel.
This concept should quite literally be ‘foreign’ to most people and has been for so long: for my parents, in their mid-60s, the concept of visiting far-flung exotic destinations at least once a year is not common. I’ve already seen more countries than they have, in half the time; this is massively connected to this new mantra of ‘Cheap flights, economy class, wake up the other side of the world – for the same as a fortnight’s rent.’
Simon is the Developer for Eye for the Light. He has worked in travel journalism and publishing for a decade, writing for Rough Guides, Frommer's and Bradt Guides, and is the youngest-ever chairman of the British Guild of Travel Writers.