This book examines the nexus between exploring and tourism and argues that exploration travel - based heavily on explorer narratives and the promises of personal challenges and change - is a major trend in future tourism. In particular, it analyses how romanticised myths of explorers form a foundation for how modern day tourists view travel and themselves. Its scope ranges from the 'Golden Age' of imperial explorers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, through the growth of adventure and extreme tourism, to possible future trends including space travel. The volume should appeal to researchers and students across a variety of disciplines, including tourism studies, sociology, geography and history.
Jennifer Laing is a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University, Australia. Her research interests include heritage, events, travel narratives and the interaction between media, popular culture and tourism. She also co-edits the Advances in Event Research series (Routledge) with Warwick Frost. Warwick Frost is an Associate Professor at La Trobe University, Australia. His research interests include natural and cultural heritage and the interplay between tourism and popular culture. His recent publications include Books and Travel (with Jennifer Laing, 2012).
1. Introducing the Explorer Traveller Section 1 - The Hero's Journey 2. The Call to Adventure 3. Preparation and Departure 4. The Journey 5. The Return Section 2 - Imagining Explorers 6. Fiction and the Myth of the Explorer 7. Desert Island Castaways 8. Re-enactments Section 3 - Tourists At Play 9. Crossing Borders 10. On Safari Section 4 - The Future 11. Destination Mars 12. The Explorer Traveller: The Myth Continues Sources References