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Tourists - Migrating Summer Birds

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Tourists - Migrating Summer Birds by Cristina Nuta -

By coach, by train, by ship and by plane, millions of people annually depart from home like migrating summer birds. They provide the best possible evidence to prove that the world is not nearly as big as it used to be.

The modern tourist ventures forth into the unknown and returns home in a matter of weeks, not years like in the time of Marco Polo, for example. Furthermore, he is armed with pamphlets, maps, and guide-books which tell him where to go and how to get there; and where to stay, what to visit and what to eat when he arrives. There are travel agencies wherever to cater for his needs and make all the necessary preparations for him.

But would the tourist like to ski in the morning and swim in the afternoon? Would he like to go to a place where the sun shines all the year round? Would he like to taste the rare delicacies of a distant seaside restaurant? And above all, would he like to visit a spot where there are no other tourists? It is all there for the asking. Therefore, the tourist, armed with paper and pencil, begins to make calculations and decide in which particular paradise he should invest his hard-earned money.

Once he had made up his mind, the tourist is free from worry. He now has something definite to discuss with his friends at the office. In the tourist's mind there is now a little heaven of peace and quiet which he can retire to when life gets too much for him. The idea that he will visit a place where the inhabitants do not know what an overcoat is, consoles and comforts him during the bitter winter months.

Holiday comes and the time draws near. For months now, each country has been advertising its beaches and cities, its ruins and resorts, in a frantic endeavour to make ends meet. It does its best to measure up the tourist's preconceived notions of what he will find on arrival. So it goes out of its way to provide him with 'typical' scenes: that is the 'typical' peasants in 'typical' costumes, and customs that should have fallen into decay long ago, but have been given a new lease of life to add to local colour.

Once in his holiday and the place he has chosen, the tourist begins to travel from place to place, he is given about half an hour on each famous site and has just about enough time to take photographs which he can sort out when he gets home. In the perpetual race against time, he is forever sending postcards to his friends depicting wonderful views of places he never knew existed, let alone saw.

Travel-worn, the tourist eventually arrives home proudly displaying his collection of passport-stamps. Truly rested, he is back at his office on Monday with a year's work ahead of him before he will have the opportunity to sally forth again.
Tourists - Migrating Summer Birds written by Cristina Nuta for FamousWhy.com
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Category: Travel  - ( Travel Archive)

Date Added: 09 February '07


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