Many people will have already booked their bank holiday and summer trips. Some others may be frantically looking for that great deal which is going to take them away from their daily routine. What fascinates me is how travel has evolved throughout history.
At some point, travelling long distances stopped being in the domain of the rich and eccentric or immigrants to be an activity that almost everyone can undertake. I used to dream about going around the world, stopping only when I pleased or to do little jobs in exotic destinations just for the sake of being there and getting to know the place.
I was so bored that I had figured out that it was the best way to meet interesting people and get to see those places that I kept reading about. What I did not consider at first were the practical implications of travelling. In other words, I soon discovered was lazy, but also poor enough to even think to organise small trips. In a sense, I overcame this a few years later when I came to London.
Are you going to the beach this year? I have been thinking about it for sometime now. I miss the sun light more than I have ever thought I would. However, I still prefer colder and greener destinations. It is said that this trend started in 19th Century, which is described in the Bathers at Asnières (completed in 1884).
Train, ship, car, plane… In literature, trains are often depicted as the transport means of the adventurous, whereas ships had a romantic edge. I get the feeling that planes belonged to the rich and crazy people and, then, to the Army. All those black and white documentaries where small planes hardly took off, but where cheered by a big and close audience are so charming!
Agent, teletext, web search, social media… I often wonder about the future of the human travel agent. My parents´ generation still like to talk to a travel agent face-to-face before making a decision. I´d rather search for the best offers online. Cash-strapped as I am, I believe this is the cheapest way to get an affordable holiday.
The infographic below relates to this point. It is not an advertisement whatsoever, only the best one I could find to help illustrate this point. Hopefully, you find it interesting too!