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Travel as Education in 16th- 19th Century Europe: From ‘Grand Tours’ to ‘Working Men’s Excursions’

January 2018 The idea of travel as education has a long history.[1] Euripides, a Greek playwright of the 5th century BC said: “Experience, travel—these are as education in themselves”; and this idea remains popular today. But what exactly is it that travel teaches us? In this blogpost, we look at the evolution of educational travel […]

Influencing tourist behaviour in Amsterdam: beer bikes, taxes and smart technology

December 2017 Amsterdam has banned beer bikes from the city centre, claiming that these pedal-powered beer bars favoured by party-loving tourists are a ‘public order problem’ which cause traffic congestion and antisocial behaviour. The ban is one step taken by the city in trying to combat some of the negative impacts of its booming tourist […]

The health benefits of travel

November 2017 In our last blogpost we explored ‘health tourism’ – the act of travelling in order to receive medical treatments or undertake activities to improve one’s health and wellness – but according to some scientific studies, travel in itself can benefit our health. The health benefits of travel also formed a central issue of […]

Health Tourism: Travelling for medical treatment, health and wellness throughout the ages

October 2017 ‘Health Tourism’ is a term that often hits the UK headlines in reference to people travelling to Britain to obtain treatment from the NHS free of charge. Some recent coverage, for example, has focused on women coming to give birth in the UK when pregnant with triplets and quadruplets who may need expensive […]

Largest ever all-female expedition to Antarctica: exploration, adventure travel and gender

September 2017 The Homeward Bound project is recruiting for its third all-female expedition to the Antarctic which, with over 80 participants, is set to be the biggest ever all-female expedition to the continent. The aims of the project are to “heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background in order to influence […]

Travelling to shop: the rise of shopping as a major motivation for international travel

March 2017 In January this year around 3 million people flocked to Dubai for its 2017 Shopping Festival. This month-long annual event offers discounts on a wide variety of consumer goods, particularly fashion, jewellery and electronic goods, alongside activities and daily prize draws. The festival was first set up over 20 years ago with the […]