Mobility at Large: Globalization, Textuality and Innovative Travel Writing

Mobility at Large: Globalization, Textuality and Innovative Travel Writing

Mobility at Large: Globalization, Textuality and Innovative Travel Writing

Mobility at Large: Globalization, Textuality and Innovative Travel Writing

Excerpt

Rent a Tourist
Hypothesis
: Explore the working life of a city by renting yourself
out to help with daily chores.

Apparatus: Paints or pens to make a sign, a sales pitch and a device
to draw attention to yourself (eg Loudspeaker, red flashing light).

Method: Stand in the main square or plaza with a sign advertising
yourself as a tourist ‘for rent’. If you have time, consider handing out
a flyer that lists your possible duties. Avoid dark alleys, backstreets,
etc

The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel

In 2005 Rachel Antony and Joël Henry published The Lonely Planet Guide to Experimental Travel, a book that built on Henry’s playful Laboratory of Experimental Tourism, otherwise known as Latourex. Based on the notion of ‘travelling experiments’, the guide encourages us to move according to whims, chance, humour and serendipity. In Aerotourism, for instance, we are encouraged to visit an airport for 24 hours to enjoy the comfy chairs and a restaurant, but not board a plane. In Cecitourism, they explain, a tourist is blindfolded and led through a city escorted by a friend, thus circumventing the tourist gaze. And in Erotourism a couple travel separately to the same city and then try to find each other. These suggestions might, at first glance, seem like Lonely Planet’s all-too-familiar discourse of antitourist tourism. But what is unique about Antony and Henry’s experimental travel is the way it presents clear methods of travel while leaving the destination unknown. For this guidebook makes no reference to specific sites, places or attractions. Rather, it presents the act of travel as a game, even in some cases literally telling the reader to roll the dice to determine a destination (as in Trip Poker or Monopoly Travel). This guide, then, throws a monkey wrench into the cogs of the global consumer-based tourist industry by championing structured games and the shedding of our conventional conceptions of . . .

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