Before Lonely Planet

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While the world of travel

While the world of travel has certainly changed - Lonely Planet is not a catalyst as much as a conduit. When Lonely Planet arrived on the scene, more Westerners were wealthy and valued travel as an essential rite of passage (Britain even has a GAP year set aside, it seems, specifically so young 20-somethings can have a year of mini-colonization and spread their party across the globe). Guidebooks only arrived to service the increasing amount of travellers, encouraged by cheap flights and a questioning of the Protestant work ethic. This didn't just happen outside of Western Europe or North America - but inside as well -
http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2008.07-ephemera-vice-vagabonds-and-vd/

Crystal Luxmore more than 7 years ago

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