On Holiday: A History of Vacationing

On Holiday: A History of Vacationing

On Holiday: A History of Vacationing

On Holiday: A History of Vacationing

Synopsis

Löfgren takes us on a tour of the Western holiday world and shows how two centuries of "learning to be a tourist" have shaped our own ways of vacationing. We see how fashions in destinations have changed through the years, with popular images (written, drawn, painted, and later photographed) teaching the tourist what to look for and how to experience it. Travelers present and future will never see their cruises, treks, ecotours, round-the-world journeys, or trips to the vacation cottage or condo in quite the same way again. All our land-, sea-, and mindscapes will be the richer for Löfgren's insights.

Excerpt

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In the winter, summer becomes inescapably visible. Walking through a vacationland in January feels rather like an archaeological expedition through the remains of an alien culture. I am the only inhabitant of this wintry landscape out at the coast, moving freely between the abandoned houses, crossing lawns, and glancing through windows.

The barren bushes and threadbare winter grass mercilessly expose frost-bitten leftovers from summer: lost toys, tennis balls, a Martini bottle cap, faded confetti from end-of-season parties. Looking through veranda windows, I can see the artifacts from a life of leisure, now in patient hibernation: barbecue grills, croquet mallets, sandals, and straw hats. Along the bathroom windowsill are faded plastic containers with . . .

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